After four days of grueling competition, the Tigersharks and Lady Tigersharks each finished 3rd overall at the NSISC Championships. They competed against Delta State, Truman State, Missouri S&T (men only), Drury, Henderson State, and Centenary College.
Highlights of the meet in the women’s division include senior Ksenia Gromova claiming victories in the 200 IM (2:03.90 NCAA B cut), 100 Butterfly (55.07 NCAA A cut and Conference Record), and 200 Butterfly (2:04.49 NCAA B cut); sophomore Jennifer Steele placing first in the 500 Freestyle (NCAA B cut and Conference Record), third in the 200 Freestyle (1:53.30 NCAA B cut), and second in the 1650 Freestyle (17:27.32 NCAA B cut); sophomore Rebecca Zandstra finishing fourth in both the 50 freestyle (24.41 NCAA B cut) and 100 freestyle (52.78 NCAA B cut); and senior Megan Young placing fifth in the 200 Freestyle (1:55.61 NCAA B cut). The women’s 200 Medley Relay of Gromova, Svitlana Smirnova, Holly Wray, and Zandstra placed third with a time of 1:46.52 (NCAA B cut). The women’s 400 Freestyle Relay of Zandstra, Young, Ruth Megli, and Gromova, also placed third with a time of 3:32.84. Finally the women’s 800 Freestyle Relay of Steele, Young, Haley Fox, and Gromova won in a time of 7:41.04 (NCAA B cut), with Gromova chasing down Truman State on the final leg. Senior Kelli Caldwell won the 3 meter diving event with 328.25 points.
On the men’s side, junior Marcus Schlesinger won first place in the 100 Freestyle (44.47 NCAA A cut) and 100 Backstroke (49.86 NCAA B cut), and placed second in the 50 Freestyle (20.40 NCAA B cut). Senior Matt Pope claimed victory in the 100 Breaststroke (56.99 NCAA B cut) and finished second in the 200 Breaststroke (2:04.71 NCAA B cut). Freshman Adam Zajac placed third in the 100 Butterfly (49.23 NCAA B cut) and fifth in the 50 Freestyle (21.01 NCAA B cut). The men’s medley relays were dominant throughout the meet. The 200 Medley Relay of Schlesinger, Pope, Zajac, and Kristian Krc won first place with a time of 1:30.62 (NCAA B cut and Conference record). The 400 Medley Relay of Jake McLain, Pope, Zajac and Schlesinger also won first place with a time of 3:19.39 (NCAA B cut and Conference Record). The men’s 400 freestyle relay of Austin Teague, Zajac, McLain, and Schlesinger finished in second place (3:01.17 NCAA B cut), just narrowly being out-touched by Centenary. Other notable performances came from senior Kristian Krc in the 200 IM (6thplace 1:54.04 NCAA B cut), freshman Chris Price in the 200 IM (7th place 1:55.69 B cut), and sophomore Jason Pullano in the 100 and 200 breaststroke (4th place 58.18 NCAA B cut and 6th place 2:08.82 NCAA B cut). In the 200 butterfly, Carl Johnson, Carl Thomas, and Austin Lindsey finished 4th (1:53.02), 5th (1:54.76), and 6th (1:54.79), respectively, all with NCAA B cuts.
Next week, national qualifiers Gromova, Steele, Schlesinger, Pope, Zajac, and Krc will travel to Mansfield, Texas for the NCAA Division II Swimming Championships.
Photo by Jason Pullano