The Delta State University Statesmen continued their reign on top of the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference as they won the NSISC meet for the third straight year Saturday here at the Ronald G. Mayers Aquatics Center.
The event started Wednesday and lasted four days. The Statesmen finished with a total of 1,246.5 points leaving second place Henderson State way behind as the Reddies finished with only 807 points. The 439.5 point differential in a victory is the largest margin in NSISC history.
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin finished third (639 pts.), Ouachita Baptist University took fourth (377.5 pts.) and Montevallo finished fifth (275 pts.)
In the women’s division, the DSU Lady Statesmen finished a strong second with a point total of 1,042.5. The University of West Florida finished first with 1,176.5 points. Ouachita Baptist University was a distant third (411 pts.), followed by UTPB (334 pts.), Montevallo (310 pts.) and HSU (309 pts.). The runner-up finish was the Lady Statesmen’s second in a row.
The men won 18 total individual and relay events, while the Lady Statesmen won 12. The 18 wins is the most in NSISC history on the men’s side, while the 12 wins ties a NSISC record that was set by Drury in 2006 on the women’s side. The Statesmen won all of the individual and dive meets.
DSU head swimming coach Dan’l Murray was named NSISC Men’s Swim Coach of the Year, while DSU diving coach Kyle Friesenhahn was named NSISC Men’s Diving Coach of the Year.
“I’m proud of our athletes on both sides,” Murray said. “We had a fantastic conference championship. I’m really proud of how they held up. We had several events wins, relay wins, diving event wins, it was a total team event. I’m really looking forward to moving on to the NCAA Championships in three weeks.”
On the men’s side, Giulio Brugnoni won four events, Matey Rezashki and Michael Maley won three events each, Kyle Weesner won two events and Daniel Gayuk, Carson Traylor, John Stewart and Emanuel Fava won an event each. In the relay events, DSU won two races.
Murray has been pleased with how the team has performed up to this point.
“Right now, they’re swimming with a lot of confidence,” Murray said about the men. “I feel like if we can keep them healthy and fine tune quite a few things and give them a little bit more rest, they’ve got a chance to put on a show.”
On the women’s side, Chelsea Borrowdale, Lucia Martelli, Celeste Turner and Victoria Brady won two individual events each for the Lady Statesmen. In the relay events, DSU won four races.
Murray was pleased with the women’s performance in conference.
“I really feel like the women’s team was very resilient and very feisty the entire competition,” Murray said. “They ended up getting 12 event wins, which is the highest they’ve ever had in team history.”
Both DSU teams will now turn their attention to the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships in Geneva, Ohio on Mar. 11-14.