by Drury Athletics
The Drury women’s swimming & diving team won their third straight Great Lakes Valley Conference championship and their fifth league title in six years on Saturday as the conference concluded their championship event on Saturday in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Panthers finished with a meet record 1,012 points and finished ahead of second-place Indianapolis (784.5 points). Truman State came in third with 456.
The Drury men’s team finished fourth with 579 points. Indianapolis won the men’s championship with 801 points while Missouri S&T was second with 768.5 and McKendree came in third with 627.
Women’s Highlights – Saturday
The Drury women’s team set 10 GLVC records during the championship meet and started Saturday’s final session setting a new league mark in the 1,650 Free. Freshman Allison Weber won the event by nearly eight seconds as the Marshall, Missouri product posted a time of 16:47.27. Erica Dahlgren finished third with a time of 17:07.45.
If there were any doubt Drury would win their third straight GLVC title, it was erased in the 100 Free. Drury swimmers took five of the top seven spots in the event as Tori Sopp won her third individual title with a time of 50.63. Yasmin Preusse was second (50.67), Abby Lunzmann was third (51.22), Caytee Wright finished sixth (51.76), and Chysoula Karamanou was seventh (51.78).
Laura Pareja added to Drury’s point total with a sixth-place finish in the 200 Backstroke posting a time of 2:03.26.
Bailee Nunn captured her fourth individual conference championship as she set a new league record in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:09.85.
The Panthers capped off the weekend with a win in the 400 Free Relay winning by more than a second over Indianapolis as Abby Lunzmann, Yasmin Preusse, Tori Sopp, and Caytee Wright swam a time of 3:23.90.
Men’s Highlights – Saturday
The Drury men’s had two second-place finishes and came in third in another event on Saturday.
Young Tae Seo was second in the 200 Breaststroke as the senior from Los Angeles touched the wall in 1:59.22. Two other Drury swimmers finished in the top five in that event as Caleb Carlson was fourth (1:59.34) and Tame Govaerts-Paul was fifth (2:00.56).
Drury’s other second-place finish came in the 400 Free Relay as the Panthers team of Kham Glass, Aitor Martinez, Pavel Semochkin, and Caleb Carlson combined for a time of 2:58.72 and finished one second behind McKendree.
Andrew Rodriguez, a freshman from Ripon, Wisconsin, gave the Panthers a third-place medal in the 200 Backstroke as he completed the event in 1:46.00 to finish just 0.24 seconds off of the winning pace.
Aitor Martinez was tenth in the 100 Free (45.05), and Pavel Semochkin was 11th (45.25).
Some Drury swimmers will return to the pool when the Panthers host their Last Chance Meet next Saturday at the Breech Pool. The NCAA-II National Championship is March 13-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.