The Delta State University Statesmen couldn’t be denied as they won the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference Meet here Saturday at the Delta State University Aquatics Center.
The Statesmen racked up 1,024.5 points with Lindenwood University coming in second with 936 points.
“I'm very proud of the guys team,” Delta State head swimming coach Dan’l Murray said. “This is something they’ve been working for not just this season but for the last several years. It’s a tribute to their hard work throughout this entire year. It was a full team effort with both swimming and diving contributing with big points throughout the entire weekend. I’m proud of our coaching staff.”
Giulio Brugnoni won the 100-yard butterfly (47.52), the 100-yard backstroke (46.74) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.45), Mattia Schirru won the 50-yard freestyle (20.36) and the 100-yard freestyle (44.18) and Nathan Sawicki won the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:42.64).
In the relay events, Kohen Kerr, Alex Zolotukhin, Brugnoni and Schirru won the 400-yard freestyle (2:57.51) and the 400-yard freestyle (2:57.51), and Brugnoni, Schirru, Cody Lavoie and Adam Charlton won the 400-yard medley relay race (3:14.47).
In the women’s division, Delta State finished third with 833 points, behind first place Lindenwood University (1,082.5 pts.) and second place West Florida (1,065.5 pts.).
“I felt like our girls did a really good job of being able to compete against two of the top teams in the country,” Murray said. “We had some very strong individual performances, and we were able to move up from prelims to finals. We had numerous conference champions, and it's something we can build off of in the future. I’m excited about both teams heading into the national championships in three weeks.”
Hannah Retherford won the 100-yard backstroke (255.56) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.00), Lucia Martelli won the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.35) and the 100-yard yard butterfly (54.20) and Celina Batsel won the 100-yard butterfly (47.52) to lead the Lady Statesmen.
Both DSU teams will be back in action on March 14-17 to compete in the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships in Greensboro, NC.