by Drury Athletics
Drury swimmers set three Great Lakes Valley Conference records on Thursday as the DU women’s team extended their lead while the men’s squad is in fourth place after the second day of competition at the GLVC championships in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
The Drury women’s team, the two-time defending GLVC champs, ended the day with 539 points while Indianapolis is in second place with 393 points and McKendree is in third with 196.
Indianapolis leads the men’s standings with 375 points. Missouri S&T is in second with 358.5, McKendree is in third with 312, and the Panthers have 306 points for fourth place.
Thursday’s finals began with a Drury win in the 200 Free Relay as Madeline Nelson, Mackenzie Weiberg, Abby Lunzmann, and Yasmin Preusse won the event by .28 seconds over Indianapolis as the Panthers finished with a time of 1:32.83.
Newcomer Tori Sopp set the first of three league records for Drury on the day as she won the 400 Individual Medley with a time of 4:15.59. Sopp topped her own mark from the preliminaries earlier in the day (4:19.66). Bec Cross finished second for the Panthers in the same event posting a time of 4:24.56.
Marshfield junior Bailee Nunn then swam a record-setting time with a win in the 100 Butterfly. Nunn, last year’s NCAA-II Women’s Swimmer of the Year, had a time of 52.55 beating her previous conference record set two years ago by 1.18 seconds. Abby Lunzmann came in third in the event (55.86) while Mackenzie Wieberg was fifth.
Erica Dahlgren gave the Panthers another win as she took first in the 200 Free with a time of 1:50.07. The Panthers also got a fourth-place finish from Caytee Wright (1:52.11), a fifth-place time of Allison Weber (1:52.16), and Chrysoula Karamanou came in seventh (1:52.87).
The Drury’s women’s team capped the night with a dominating performance in the 400 Medley Relay. Laura Pareja, Nunn, Sopp, and Yasmin Preusse won by nearly eight seconds over second-place Bellarmine as they posted a time of 3:39.44.
Pavel Semochkin won the 100 Butterfly and set a GLVC record in the event as the sophomore from St. Petersburg, Russia finished with a time of 47.25. The time broke a mark he set a year ago the conference championships by 0.10 seconds.
Young Tae Seo gave the Panthers a second-place finish in the 400 Individual Medley finishing with a time of 3:57.23 while Andrew Rodiguez was fourth (3:57.40), and Parker Benn was sixth (3:57.90).
The Panthers 400 Medley Relay team finished fourth as Kham Glass, Young Tae Seo, Pavel Semochkin, and Aitor Martinez combined for a time of 3:14.47 as the top four teams all finished within a second of one another.
Drury’s 200 Free Relay team came in fifth as Glass, Caleb Carlson, Murat Sagdullaev, and Martinez recorded a time of 1:21.11.
The GLVC championships continue on Friday and conclude on Saturday in Crawfordsville, Indiana.