Drury makes it four titles in a row
Somewhere, Bob Barker is pumping his fist. The price was right for Barker’s alma mater this weekend, as Drury won its fourth consecutive Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship.
The Panthers, who have now won six national championships overall, tallied 523.5 points to finish well ahead of host Missouri S&T, which came in second with 336 points. West Chester, Ouachita Baptist and North Dakota rounded out the top-five team finishers.
Drury junior Mitch Snyder won the individual national title in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15 minutes, 19.58 seconds. It was the second straight championship in the event for Snyder, who also won the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:11.85.
Head coach Brian Reynolds was more than impressed with Snyder’s performance in the 1,000 on Wednesday, which helped Drury out to a first-day lead. “Mitch had probably the best race I've seen as far as a really smart race," Reynolds said. “He didn't get caught up chasing the early leaders ... Mitch sat back into about fourth place until the middle of the race, and then just really turned it on. It was just a beautifully-paced race."
Snyder wasn’t the only individual champion for the Panthers, as sophomore Alexander Protsenko was victorious in the 100-yard backstroke in 48.37 seconds. Classmate Yi Wen Huang won the 100-yard butterfly in 47.86 seconds.
The individual medleys were good to Drury, as senior Tomas Kuzvard won the 200-yard event in 1:48.06 and junior Kyrill Fesenko won the 400-yard race in 3:52.26. Protsenko, Huang, Kuzvard and Kyle Kearbey teamed to win the 400-yard freestyle relay with a meet-record time of 2:58.84 while Protsenko, Huang, Kuzvard and Artem Sludnov set a meet record in the 400-yard medley relay with a winning time of 3:16.62.
Dan Perdew had a monumental day for UC San Diego, pulling off the impressive double with individual titles in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events. Perdew was named swimmer of the meet for his performances.
Seattle’s Jakub Jiracek won the 200-yard breaststroke to claim a record 11th national championship. Jiracek won the event in 1:58.55.
Other individual winners included Indianapolis’ Alex Arestis (200-yard freestyle), Incarnate Word’s Aliaksandr Yatsko (500-yard freestyle), Ouachita Baptist’s Nelson Silva (200-yard backstroke), Wayne State’s Christer Tour (100-yard breaststroke) and West Chester’s Ben Kuntz (200-yard butterfly). St. Cloud State’s Nate Jimerson won titles in one-meter and three-meter diving.
1. Drury, 523 1/2; 2. Missouri S&T, 336; 3. West Chester, 316 1/2; 4. Ouachita Baptist, 267 1/2; 5. North Dakota, 261 1/2; 6. Wayne St. (Mich.), 259; 7. UC San Diego, 233 1/2; 8. Seattle, 214; 9. Limestone, 193; 10. Henderson St., 163 1/2; 11. Wingate, 148; 12. Indianapolis, 147 1/2; 13. Tampa, 139; 14. Minn. St. Mankato, 106 1/2; 15. St. Cloud St., 98; 16. Southern Conn. St., 83; 17. Incarnate Word, 75; 18. Clarion, 68; 19. Delta St., 64; 20. Truman, 48; 21. (tie) Lewis and Grand Valley St., 44; 23. Ashland, 40; 24. St. Rose, 34; 25. Metro St., 31; 26. Indiana (Pa.), 15; 27. Le Moyne, 11.
50-yard freestyle: Dan Perdew, UC San Diego, 20.07.
100-yard freestyle: Dan Perdew, UC San Diego, 44.23.
200-yard freestyle: Alex Arestis, Indianapolis, 1:37.35 (meet record; old record 1:39.68, Matt Hug, Missouri S&T, 2007).
500-yard freestyle: Aliaksandr Yatsko, Incarnate Word, 4:25.84.
1,000-yard freestyle: Mitch Snyder, Drury, 9:11.85.
1,650-yard freestyle: Mitch Snyder, Drury, 15:19.58.
100-yard backstroke: Alexander Protsenko, Drury, 48.37.
200-yard backstroke: Nelson Silva, Ouachita Baptist, 1:47.31.
100-yard breaststroke: Christer Tour, Wayne St. (Mich.), 54.74 (meet record; old record 54.99, Artem Sloudnov, 2005).
200-yard breaststroke: Jakub Jiracek, Seattle, 1:58.55.
100-yard butterfly: Yiwen Huang, Drury, 47.86.
200-yard butterfly: Ben Kuntz, West Chester, 1:45.98.
200-yard individual medley: Tomas Kuzvard, Drury, 1:48.06.
400-yard individual medley: Kyrillo Fesenko, Drury, 3:52.26.
One-meter diving: Nate Jimerson, St. Cloud St., 520.75.
Three-meter diving: Nate Jimerson, St. Cloud St., 546.15.
200-yard freestyle relay: Limestone (Craig Jordens, Chris Harrigan, Anders Melin, Goran Majlat), 1:20.69.
400-yard freestyle relay: Drury (Alexander Protsenko, Kyle Kearbey, Yiwen Huang, Tomas Kuzvard), 2:58.84 (meet record; old record 2:58.90, Cal St. Bakersfield [Chris Perier, Rasmus Jensen, Petr Kladiva, James Hassett], 1992.
800-yard freestyle relay: West Chester (Matt Golebiewski, Brendan Fanslau, Chris Salomone, Rod King), 6:38.54.
200-yard medley relay: Wayne St. [Mich.] (Cauli Bedran, Christer Tour, Alex Davidson, Tim Giblin), 1:30.49.
400-yard medley relay: Drury (Alexander Protsenko, Artem Sludnov, Yiwen Huang, Tomas Kuzvard), 3:16.62 (meet record; old record 3:17.50, North Dakota [Rodrigo Ferreira, Pedro Pereira, Dan Zabler, Eric Knight], 2007).
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