Two Drury Swimmers Win National Championships

By Drury Athletics

Bailee Nunn claimed a national championship in the 100 Breastroke, and Tori Sopp won the title in the 200 Butterfly in day three of the NCAA-II Swimming & Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday.

Nunn won her second individual title at this year’s national meet with a first-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke winning with a time of 59.94. The junior from Marshfield, who is the reigning NCAA-II Swimming of the Year, won a national championship earlier this week in the 200 Individual Medley and has a second-place finish in the 100 Butterfly.

Freshman Tori Sopp took the championship in the 200 Butterfly posting a time of 1:57.14. The Wallasey, England native won by more than second over Hannah Kastigar from Northern State.

The Drury women’s team added points with a fifth-place finish from Erica Dahlgren in the 500 Freestyle (4:52.57), and Laura Pareja came in eighth in the 100 Backstroke (54.89).

The Panthers women ended the night with a bronze in the 800 Free Relay as Tori Sopp, Bec Cross, Erica Dahlgren, and Karianne Reinertsen had a time of 7:21.70.

The Drury men’s team got a third-place finish in the 100 Breaststroke from Pavel Semochkin. The sophomore from St. Petersburg, Russia swam the event 53.28.

The men’s 800 Free Relay team came in 12th as Jan Rasmussen, Aitor Martinez, Khameron Glass, and Ean Vandergraaf combined for a time of 6:36.12. 

The Drury women’s squad remains in second place going into the final day of competition tomorrow. Queens (NC) leads the event with 497 points while the Panthers have 281. West Chester is in third with 200.

Drury’s men’s team is in 18th with 51 points. Queens also leads the men’s championship chase with 450 points while Delta State is in second with 273.5 points and Indianapolis is in third with 270.

The national championship meet concludes on Saturday and starts with the preliminary heats of the 100 Freestyle at 9 a.m. (Central) in Indianapolis.

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