Drury maintains first place, Queens (N.C.) freshman wins school's first title
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The second night of competition in the women’s swimming and diving at the CrossPlex Natatorium was highlighted by Queens (N.C.) freshman Caroline Arakelian winning the school’s first national title in swimming and diving when she won the 400 individual medley.
Arakelian started slow as she was in fourth place after the first 100 yards, but then poured it on to take the lead by more than a second at the 200 yard mark before winning by more than two seconds in 4:17.51. Nova Southeastern’s Lauren Chapple was second in 4:19.75, while St. Cloud State’s Amanda Thomas was third in 4:20.54.
In the women’s 100 butterfly, Grand Canyon’s Mychala Lynch won the title in 54.31 seconds. She held off Alaska Fairbanks’ Margot Adams, who was second in 54.63 seconds and LIU Post’s Joyce Kwok who placed third in 55.12.
Anjali Shakya of UC San Diego swam away with the 200 freestyle title in a time of 1:47.59, more than a half second ahead of Drury’s Tiffany Bell and Wingate’s Kathryn Pheil, who tied for second in 1:48.53.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Ashland’s team of Julie Widmann, Kaylyn Murphy, Rachael Ausdenmoore and Gabriela Verdugo-Arzaluz won top honors in a time of 1:32.20. Wayne State finished second in 1:32.69, just ahead of Grand Canyon, who touched the wall in 1:32.72.
In the night’s other relay, LIU Post put together a winning performance as the team of Johanna Pettersson, Tamara Garriock, Kwok and Meghan Brazier finished in 3:42.48 in capturing the 400-yard medley relay. They won by almost two seconds as Simon Fraser was second in 3:44.15. Drury was third in 3:44.25.
In the 1-meter diving competition, Wayne State’s Paige Kortman won in convincing fashion with a score of 468.60. Incarnate Word’s Kali Lents narrowly took second place by a tenth of a point as she totaled 452.45, just ahead of Northern Michigan’s Molly Kearney.
In the team competition, Drury maintains its stranglehold on first place with 237.5 points. Wayne State continues in second with 180 points, while UC San Diego is closing in with 171.5 points. Wingate and LIU Post round out the top five with 145.5 and 124 points, respectively.