GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Queens University of Charlotte men's and women's swimming teams continued their dominance in the pool and claimed their fourth straight NCAA Division II Swimming Championships on Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
"Winning four in a row is surreal. I am so proud of the legacy left behind by this senior class," said Queens Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Planning and Leadership Development/Director of Swimming Operations Jeff Dugdale. He was named the 2018 NCAA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year after the meet. "Four years ago they crossed a threshold of excellence and paved the way for our other sports to follow. Best wishes to Coach Lundy and our men's basketball team!"
The Royals picked up four individual race titles during the final day of competition, beginning with a gold medal swim in the 100-Yard Freestyle from junior Marius Kusch who reached the wall in an NCAA Record time of 42.42. Kusch claimed a combined seven national championships between individual and relay competitions during the week and was named the NCAA Male Swimmer of the Meet for the second straight season.
Senior Paul Pijulet won his third individual title of the week with a time of 1:42.17 in the 200-Yard Backstroke, while also being a member of the title-winning 400-Yard Freestyle Relay team to bring his weekly National Championship total to five. Pijulet, Alen Mosic, Ben Mayes and Dmytro Sydorchenko took first place in the week's final event, turning in a time of 2:53.67.
The women's 400-yard freesytle relay team of McKenzie Stevens, Kyrie Dobson, Wanda Dollmayer and Shelly Prayson set a new NCAA record with a time of 3:18.04 to take first place.
Freshman Francesca Bains continued to collect All-American awards, finishing third in the women's 1,650-Yard Freestyle, while sophomore teammate Sarah Reamy was also an All-American in the event. Dollmayer, Stevens and Dobson turned in All-American finishes in the 100-Yard Freestyle, as freshmen Rachel Massaro (200-Yard Backstroke) and SJ Atkinson (200-yard breaststroke) were also named All-Americans for the women's team.
The Women's NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving National Champions for the FOURTH straight year is Queens University of Charlotte with 574.5 points ! #D2SwimDive #MakeItYours pic.twitter.com/Unr57Pcwz7— NCAA Division II (@NCAADII) March 18, 2018
On the men's side, Mosic was an All-American honoree in the 100-Yard Freestyle followed by an All-American finish from freshman Baptiste Leger in the 200-yard backstroke. Seniors Nicholas Arakelian and Inigo Alarcia added to the Royals' All-American count with their individual finishes in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The women tallied 574.5 points in the meet, as Drury totaled 401 points to place second. Nova Southeastern (288), Fresno Pacific (228) and Oklahoma Baptist (209) rounded out the top five schools in the women's standings.
The Queens men registered 558 total points, finishing ahead of second place California Baptist who collected 307 points. Indianapolis (300), Florida Southern (279) and Oklahoma Baptist (251) made up the top five for the men's standings.