WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
February 20, 2012
Nova Southeastern University swimming and diving teams, in only its second year of existence, swept the men’s and women’s team titles at the Sunshine State Conference Championships this past weekend at The Long Center in Clearwater.
The men’s team defended its team title with 908 points, an 81-point margin over more-established Florida Southern.
The women’s team won its first team title with 932 points, edging University of Tampa by 11 points.
Both teams went undefeated during the regular season.
“It’s very exciting to see all the hard work and dedication that both our men’s and women’s teams have put in over the last few months has paid off in a pair of conference championships,” said NSU head coach Hollie Bonewit-Cron, a former assistant coach at University of Florida.
“I challenged them at the very beginning of the season to be great every opportunity presented and they proved that. Having gone undefeated in the regular season, the theme heading into this weekend was the won battles won’t mean as much unless you win the war.”
NSU teammates Armin Hornikel and Oskar Nordstrand shared men’s high point honors with 57 points. Hornikel, a senior, was named Male Swimmer of the Meet. Hornikel set the SSC record in the 200-yard individual medley (1:48.52), second fastest time in the country, and 200-yard breaststroke (1:58.08), fourth fastest time.
On the final day of the three-day meet, Cutter, a freshman making her conference meet debut, made the “B” final in the 100-yard freestyle finishing tenth in 53.75. Her splits were 25.66 and 28.09. She was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle “B” relay that won the consolation final and finished ninth overall in 3:30.27. She swam 52.55 on her third leg including a 24.90 opening split.
SOFLO’s Les Moore, a sophomore at Tampa, was eighth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:56.28. His splits were 25.67, 28.86, 30.09 and 31.66.
The men and women combined for 13 NCAA “A” qualifying times for the March 14 NCAA Division II National Championships.
Atlantic Coast Conference Championships
Florida State, ranked No. 25 in the nation, finished third among team standings on Saturday night in Christiansburg, Va.
Virginia, winning 10 of 22 events, defended its title with 848 points followed by North Carolina with 615. The Seminoles finished with 460 points. University of Miami finished sixth with 313 points.
SOFLO’s Tiffany Oliver, a sophomore, was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.37. Her splits were 23.95 and 25.42. She was also a member of the fifth place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:20.97, a “B” cut. Her 50 split was 23.62 and 100 split was 49.72.
SOFLO teammate Melissa Cooper, a sophomore competing her first season for FSU, earned All-ACC honors. She was one of seven Seminoles honored for finishing in the top three of their events. Cooper was second in the 100-yard breaststroke in a career-best swim and 31st in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:30.74.
Sophomore diver Katrina Young won the Seminoles first-ever ACC title on women’s 10-meter platform with a school record 323.05 points.
SOFLO’s Dana Hatic, a senior competing in her final conference meet, was fourth in the “B” final and 12th overall in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.19, a “B” cut time. She swam 2:15.69 in prelims.
The men’s conference meet begins Wednesday with SOFLO’s Alex Rodriguez and Doug Ramos.
Southeastern Conference Championships
University of Florida finished second among the men’s teams and third among the women’s team Saturday night at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
Auburn won its 16th men’s title in a row with 730.5 points. Florida finished with 700.
Georgia defended its women’s title for the third straight year with 781 points. Tennessee was second with 629.5.
The Gators won five men and three women’s individual events and earned eight automatic qualifying times to the NCAA Division I Championships March 15-17.
Sophomores Elizabeth Beisel and Brad deBorde combined to break three school records. Beisel and Marcin Cieslak were named SEC Female and Male Freshman Swimmers of the Year and the meet’s high point winners. Tennessee women’s coach Matt Kredich was named SEC Coach of the Year. Auburn men’s coach Brett Hawke was named men’s Coach of the Year.
“I was really proud with the effort that we got from everyone,” Florida head coach Gregg Troy said. “It was a team effort, everyone battled and raced real well. They gave their all until they touched the wall.”
ESPNU will televise highlights of the men’s meet on Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. and women’s meet Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
Big Ten Conference Championships
Minnesota won the women’s team title with 456 points at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Brittney Phelan, a sophomore at Indiana, qualified 23rd in the 100-yard
breaststroke in 1:03.77 just off her seed time of 1:03.30 and finished fifth in the “C” final and 21st overall in 1:03.63. Indiana was second with 441 points.
Big East Championships
Louisville won the women’s team title with 758.5 points and Notre Dame won the men’s team title with 887 points at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh. Also in the men’s field featuring SOFLO swimmers, Louisville was second with 859.5, West Virginia was fourth with 509.5 and Seton Hall was eighth with 139.
Seton Hall’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy was 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:01.83, faster than his prelim time of 2:02.14. His seed time was 2:05.94.
Former Coral Springs Swim Club swimmer Kyle Bandy of West Virginia was fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:51.57. His prelim time was 1:50.54 bettering his seed time of 1:52.08. Twin brother Kevin Bandy of Louisville finished the 200-yard butterfly in 1:48.15, off his seed time of 1:48.09.
SOFLO’s Justin Grigull was a member of Iona College’s second place 400-yard freestyle relay that finished in 3:05.64 on the final day of the championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Grigull was also third in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.96. The men’s team finished fifth among teams with 305 points. The Gaels will now compete in the ECAC Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Patriot League Championships
Host Navy set a league record by combining to win 33 of the 44 events on their way to sweeping the men’s and women’s team titles in Annapolis, Md. The women’s team won its second title in three years with a record 933.5 points. Defending champion Colgate was second with 241 points. The men’s team won all 18 swimming events and totaled a record 1,029.5 points for its ninth title. Bucknell, with SOFLO swimmer Gina Gautieri, a freshman, was third with 593 points.
Coastal Collegiate Swimming Championships
Florida Gulf Coast University won its fourth consecutive women’s team title with 840 points at the University of Georgia. Liberty was second with 538.50. College of Charleston won the men’s title with 890.50 points edging Davidson College with 884.50. FGCU’s Maegan Butler was named Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet, after sweeping the 1- and 3-meter springboard titles. FGCU freshman Emma Svensson was named Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet after earning three “B” cuts and winning the 50-yard freestyle. The team is coached by former Florida Atlantic coach Neal Studd.
More conference notes
Emory men’s team won its 14th consecutive UAA Championships…Gustavus Adolphus College women’s team won its third straight MIAC Championships with 687 points. They have won the title seven of the last 11 years. St. Thomas edged St. Olaf for the men’s title, 765-762…Ohio Northern won the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Ocasek Natatorium. Mount Union head coach Eric Mojock and his staff won Women’s Staff of the Year. Mount Union placed second with 776 points, 83 points behind Ohio Northern.
Lynn University Adds Women’s Swimming
Boca Raton-based Lynn University has added a women’s swimming program to its NCAA Division II athletic program. The program will begin competition during the 2012-13 season. The team will be a member of the Sunshine State Conference which also boasts conference champion Nova Southeastern. For those interested in participating go to the school’s website and fill out the student-athlete questionnaire.
Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats @aol.com