Delta State University sophomore Emanuel Fava became the first swimmer since 2002 at the school to win a national championship as he won the men’s 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships Wednesday in the first day of the event Geneva, Ohio.
The last and only DSU swimmer to win a national title was Justin Whitaker who won the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championship in Orlando, Fla. in 2002.
Fava won the 200-individual medley with a time of 1:44.10. Alexander Kunert, of Queens (NC), was second with a time of 1:45.98.
During the preliminaries, Fava was fourth with a time of 1:46.73, while Kunert was first with a time of 1:46.10.
As a team in the men’s division, the Statesmen were in second place after day one with 70 points. McKendree was first with 92 points.
In other individual events for DSU, Giulio Brugnoni finished third in the 50-yard freestyle (19.73), and Michael Maly finished 26th in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:23.38)
In the relay events for DSU, Fava, Danyyil, Brugnoni and Tucker Schroer finished third in the 200-yard medley relay (1:26.03).
In the women’s meet, the Lady Statesmen were 21st after day one with 10 points.
In the relay events, Madelyn Byrd, Chelsea Borrowdale, Lucia Martelli and Jacqueline Turner finished 12th in the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.45) to lead DSU.
In the individual events for DSU, Peyton Osborne finished 40th in the 1,00-yard freestyle (10:32.90).
DSU teams continued the meet with the preliminaries this morning. The finals for day two will be at 5 p.m. The meet will last through Saturday. Preliminary times and finals times will be 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST respectively each day.