Conference seasons winding down
Notes: Dyrkacz wins three events in meet-record fashion
The Pac-10 Conference, Ivy League and Mid-American Conference are contesting their men’s swimming and diving championships this weekend.
The Pac-10 meet will take place at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. Stanford is taking aim at a 30th consecutive Pac-10 title. No. 2 California won the 200 medley relay on opening night in 1:23.92, a Pac-10 meet record and the top time in the country this season with Stanford second in an NCAA “A” cut time of 1:27.99. Stanford came back to win the 800 free relay in an “A” cut time of 6:19.17.
In the Ivy League, Day One in Cambridge, Mass., saw Columbia’s Adam Powell defend his 50 free title while Princeton junior Jonathan Christensen won the 200 IM for the second consecutive year. The Ivy League 2011 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship will run from March 3-5 at Blodgett Pool. Princeton is the defending team champion.
The Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship runs from March 3-5 in Carbondale, Ill., at Southern Illinois. Buffalo holds the lead with 256 points after six events and the first day of competition. Eastern Michigan is the defending MAC champion.
Need to Know
• The 2011 NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship starts on Wednesday, March 9, at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. Six-time defending champion Drury leads the way with 17 invited athletes, while UC San Diego (15), Grand Valley (12) and Wingate (10) will also have at least 10 athletes at the meet.
• Paul Dyrkacz of Williams College set NESCAC records while winning all three of his individual events. He won the 200 IM (1:49.93), 400 IM (3:53.41) and 200 breaststroke (2:00.35). Dyrkacz’s performance helped lead the Ephs to a ninth consecutive NESCAC team championship. Johann Schmidt of Tufts was named Diver of the Meet. Williams coach Steve Kuster claimed Swimming Coach of the Meet while Brad Snodgrass of Tufts was named Diving Coach of the Meet.
• Florida’s Conor Dwyer was named the Southeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Year for a second consecutive season. Auburn’s Daniel Mazzaferro earned Male Diver of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Tennessee’s John Trembley was voted Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year and Jeff Shaffer of Auburn was selected the Men’s Diving Coach of the Year. Dwyer and Mazzaferro shared the Commissioner’s Trophy, the high-point award for the SEC Championship.
• NEWMAC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year honors went to Clark’s Paul Phillips while Peter Avdoulos of Springfield captured Men’s Diving Coach of the Year honors. Wyatt Ubellacker of MIT was selected Swimmer of the Year while teammate Colby Dunn garnered Rookie of the Year honors and Springfield senior Brooks Farrar was named Diver of the Year. MIT won the men’s team championship for a third consecutive year after winning all six swimming events contested on the final night of the Championship.
• Virginia captured its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship, the 12th time in the last 13 years the Cavaliers have won the championship. A total of eight Cavalier swimmers took home championship medals, led by four each for Scot Robison (800 free relay, 200 free, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay) and Matt McLean (800 free relay, 500 free, 1,650 free, 400 free relay).
• The Cal State Bakersfield men won the inaugural Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championship. Bakersfield sophomore Jake Priest posted NCAA “B” times in the 200 IM (1:47.24) and 400 IM (3:59.93), winning each race and capturing Athlete of the Year honors. Teammate Evan Vizcarra claimed the 1,650 free (15:56.81) en route to Freshman of the Year honors. Bakersfield head coach Chris Hansen captured Coach of the Year honors.
• Navy captured the 2011 ECAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship last weekend at Trees Pool on the campus of Pittsburgh. Lovro Billonic of St. Peters earned Swimmer of the Meet, Ian O’Rourke of Niagara Diver of the Meet and Bill Roberts of the U.S. Naval Academy captured Coach of the Meet honors.
• Whitworth captured the 2011 Northwest Conference team championship. Kalen Darling of Whitworth was named the Swimmer of the Meet, while his coach Steve Schadt was named coach of the year.
• UMass earned the Atlantic 10 championship last weekend, its fifth consecutive and 10th in the last 11 years. Michael Zennedjian of Xavier was the Most Outstanding Performer, Chris Inglis of UMass the Most Outstanding Rookie, Jason Cook of UMass the Outstanding Diver, Mandy Hixon of UMass the Diving Coach of the Year and George Washington’s George Washington and Russ Yarworth of UMass shared Coach of the Year honors.
• Texas won its 15th consecutive conference title at the Big 12 Championships. The Longhorns swept all of the individual honors with Nick D’Innocenzo and Jimmy Feigen shared Swimmer of the Meet honors, Drew Livingston was Diver of the Meet, Pat Murphy was Newcomer of the Meet, Eddie Reese the Swim Coach of the Meet and Matt Scoggin the Diving Coach of the Meet.
• Michigan won its 35th Big Ten team title and third in the last four years with head coach Mike Bottom named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the first time.
• Minnesota’s Michael Richards was selected Swimmer of the Championship for the Big Ten, repeating as conference champion in the 100 freestyle (43.20) and 50 free, becoming the first to sweep the sprint events in consecutive years since the early 1960s.
• UNC Wilmington won its 10th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association title, scoring 702 points to finish 85 ahead of host George Mason.
• Wisconsin-Milwaukee captured a second consecutive Horizon League championship. The Panthers won just one individual title during the championships.
• Ithaca won the Empire 8 and UNYSCSA team championship, rallying from a 67-point deficit on the final day of competition.
• Denver won the Sun Belt team title for the second time in school history and first time since 2009. Pioneer Clayton Myers was named Swimmer of the Year, Seth McNew of Denver was Diver of the Year, Western Kentucky’s Bruce Marchionda was named Swimming Coach of the Year and Denver’s Aaron D’Addario was named the Diving Coach of the Year.