Sharks Dive in with Gators and Razorbacks to Open Season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s swim programs began their 2022-23 seasons on Friday, as the Sharks women’s team competed against both the Florida Gators and Arkansas Razorbacks, while the men’s side raced against Florida.  

INSIDE THE MEET 

SCORES: (Women’s) Nova Southeastern 65, Arkansas 222; Nova Southeastern 44, Florida 244 | (Men’s) Nova Southeastern 42, Florida 252 
LOCATION: Gainesville, Fla. | EXACTECH ARENA at Stephen C. O’Connell Center 
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RESULTS

HOW IT HAPPENED (Women’s) 

  • Emily Trieschmann finished with a time of 10:20.54 in the 1000-yard freestyle and was the top finisher for the Sharks. 

  • Emilia Ronningdal placed fifth in the 200-freestyle, with a time of 1:52.81. 

  • Celina Marquez finished in fourth place for NSU in the 100-backstroke with a time of 56.83 and earned two points for NSU.  

  • Savanna Best scored a point in the 100-breaststroke, finishing fifth with a time of 1:04.25. 

  • Estelle Bauer earned a second-place finish for the Sharks in the 500-freestyle, just missing on the victory by eight-tenths of a second and recorded a time of 4:51.93. 

  • Sasha Maslova placed fifth for Nova Southeastern in the 100-butterfly, recording a time of 56.72. 

HOW IT HAPPENED (Men’s) 

  • Gustav Henriksen, Robert Spekis, Umberto Marsic and Anton Mueller earned two points for NSU in the 200 yard medley relay, recording a time of 1:33.78. 

  • Luca Alessandrini placed fifth in 1000-yard freestyle for NSU, earning two points, with a time of 9:43.70.  

  • Aidan Pflieger and Caleb Fell also placed within the top-10 for Nova Southeastern, recording times of 9:57.12 and 10:08.29, respectively.  

  • Thomas Flower and Rhett Moore each scored points for the Sharks in the 200-free, placing fourth and fifth with times of 1:41.84 and 1:46.55. 

  • Henriksen picked up two points for the Sharks in the 100-backstroke with a time of 51.13, while Luka Samsonov added a point and finished in 55.19. 

  • Spekis and Vendetti added three more points to the Sharks’ ledger, finishing the 100-breaststroke with times of 59.40 and 1:05.04.  

  • Matthew Gush (2:08.81) and Jose Diaz (2:09.65) placed within the top-6 in the 200-butterfly. 

  • Umberto Marsic finished fourth in the 50-freestyle, recording a time of 20.68. 

UPCOMING 

The Sharks will be back in the pool on Friday, Oct. 7, and host the Shark Invitational. Day one of the meet begins at 4:30 p.m. at the NSU Aquatic Center.  

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Hewitt, Sharks Announce 2022-23 Schedule

Fresh off its fifth Sunshine State Conference Championship in six years and multiple Division-II National Championships in 2021-22, Nova Southeastern’s women’s swim team is ready to defend its titles this season. SSC Swimmer of the Year and national champion Celina Marquez returns to campus with five All-SSC swimmers in Savanna Best, May Lowy, Sasha Maslova, Estelle Bauer and Victoria Ortiz. In addition, the Sharks return three of the four members of the National Championship-winning medley relay teams.
 
The men’s swimming team is ready to go out and compete after finishing the 2021-22 season as the SSC Runner-Ups. The Sharks are one of the most experienced programs in the conference, with five All-SSC swimmers returning to campus in Steven Aimable, Luca Alessandrini, Jarryd Baxter, Anton Mueller and Olle Williamson. The 2022-23 season will be one to watch for the veteran Sharks.
 
Head Coach Ben Hewitt, the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Decade (2010-2019), leads the Sharks for his sixth season and has the Sharks sights set on another successful season. “The 2022-23 campaign should be one of excitement, growth and challenges,” said Hewitt. “The schedule was set up to embrace competition against some of the best programs at all levels.  We can’t wait to dive into our schedule, racing quality opponents and coming together as a team.”
 
Nova Southeastern begins the season with a trip to Gainesville, with the men’s team going head-to-head with the Gators, while the women face-off against Arkansas and Florida in a tri-meet.  The Sharks then host the Shark Invitational on 10/7 and 10/8 at the Aquatic Center followed by the opening of SSC competition on 10/15 against Rollins.
 
The Sharks will then travel north to compete with Florida Atlantic on 11/4 before the Aquatic Center’s Fall Frenzy (11/18-11/20). The year is closed out with an away Sunshine State Conference meet against Lynn on 12/17.
 
The Sharks will open 2023 on 1/13 with a four-school meet against Lynn, West Chester and Indian River at the Aquatic Center. Nova Southeastern is back to work the next day against Florida Southern College before finishing off the regular season against Keiser at home (1/21).
 
The Sunshine State Conference Championships will begin on February 15, where the Sharks will look to retain their women’s title and earn the men’s crown. Following the Sunshine State Conference competitions, the NCAA National Championship meet is set to begin on March 8.
To stay up-to-date on the Sharks, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSU_Swim.
 

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NSU Recognized By CSCAA as Scholar All-American Teams

RICHMOND, Va. – The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) named its 2021-22 Scholar All-America Teams on Wednesday afternoon, recognizing Nova Southeastern as one of the premier academic institutions in the country. NSU also had 17 student-athletes honored as Academic All-Americans by the association.  

“I want to congratulate our team on another strong year in the classroom. They excelled in multiple areas academically and made great use of their resources throughout the year,” said Head Coach Ben Hewitt. “I’m delighted to have the support of Rachel Fineberg and Dr. Deanna Rivero, who both work diligently to keep our student-athletes on track and pursuing academic excellence.” 

 To qualify for First-Team Scholar All-America, student-athletes earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 and participated in their national championship.  Second-Team selections also earned a 3.50 GPA or higher and achieved a “B” time standard for the national championship or participated at a diving zone qualification meet. All criteria can be found on the CSCAA website. 

CSCAA Executive Director had this to say about Nova Southeastern, “Coach Hewitt develops student-athletes both in the water and in the classroom.” 

From the women’s side, Estelle Bauer (Exercise Science), Celina Marquez (Accounting), Amilia Nusbaum (Neuroscience), Neta Shiff (Computer Science), and Cassandra Wright (Management & Entrepreneurship) earned First-Team Academic All-American honors, while Laurel Gallaudet (Communications), Maeve Hunt (Environmental Science), Allison Kopas (Curriculum, Instruction & Technology), and Carin Sanchez (Psychology) were named to the second-team.  

Steven Aimable (Management & Entrepreneurship), Luca Alessandrini (International Business), Thomas Flower (Exercise), Spencer Hohm (Neuroscience), Robert Spekis (Marine Biology), Olle Williamsson (Psychology), Matthew Gush (Second-Team/Entrepreneurship), and Evan Weber (Second-Team/Biochemical Engineering) were honored for Sharks men’s swimming.  

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), is the nation’s first organization of college coaches. The mission of the CSCAA is to advance the sport of swimming and diving with coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy, and professional development. 

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NSU Women’s Swim Finishes Third at NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The 2022 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming National Championship came to a close on Saturday evening, concluding the Sharks 2021-22 campaign. The Nova Southeastern Women’s Swimming team returns to Fort Lauderdale with a few pieces of hardware, winning four NCAA national Championships and placing third overall in the nation at the close of competition. Celina Marquez earned her first individual NCAA National Championship, taking the crown in the 200 backstroke.  

INSIDE THE MEET 

STANDINGS: Women’s (3rd/368.5), Men’s (12th/138) 

LOCATION: Greensboro Aquatic Center | Greensboro, NC 

EVENTS: 100 FREE, 200 BACK, 200 BREASTSTROKE, 400 FREE RELAY 

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HOW IT HAPPENED 

In addition to taking home four national championships and finishing third in the NCAA Division II National Championships, the Nova Southeastern Women’s Swimming team also claimed the crown in the Sunshine State Conference earlier this postseason.  

The NCAA National Championship concluded the season for the Sharks Swimming teams and NSU will return to the pool in the winter of 2022. To stay up-to-date on Nova Southeastern athletics, be sure to follow on social media at @NSUSharks.   

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Cassie Wright Earns National Title in 100 Back

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Cassie Wright continues to have a dominant run at the NCAA National Championship tournament, clinching her third national title – first individual crown – by winning the 100-backstroke on Friday evening. Wright was also a part of both the 200/400 medley relay national championships for the Sharks. Heading into the final day of competition on Saturday, Nova Southeastern Women’s Swimming sits in third place with 298.5 points, while the men have totaled 117 points and sit in tenth.  

INSIDE THE MEET 

Location: Greensboro Aquatic Center | Greensboro, North Carolina 
Standings: Men’s (10th/117); Women’s (3rd/298.5) 
Events: 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 800 freestyle relay 
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HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Luca Alessandrini, entering the NCAA National Championship as the top-seed, placed third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:23.71. 

  • Wright took home her third national championship of the meet in the 100-backstroke, recording a time of 52.48. 

  • Celina Marquez tied for second place in the event, posting a time of 53.05 for her first career second place finish at the NCAA National Championships.  

  • Savanna Best made the podium in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:00.96 in the 100-breaststroke, to earn a third place finish.  

  • Sasha Maslova posted a top-five finish in the 200-butterfly, recording a time of 1:59.45. 

UPCOMING 

The final day of competition at the NCAA National Championships will be held on Saturday, March 12, with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. from the Greensboro Aquatic Center.  

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL 

To stay up-to-date on Shark Swimming, be sure to follow on twitter and instagram @NSU_Swim 

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NSU Adds Another Relay Title at NCAA National Championships

GREENSBORO, NC – For the second time in as many nights at the NCAA Mens and Women’s swimming national championships, the Nova Southeastern women’s relay team of Celina Marquez, Savanna Best, Sasha Maslova and Cassie Wright have won a national championship; taking the crown in the 400 Medley relay on Thursday evening. NSU also added a pair of third place finishes in the Thursday schedule of events. The NSU Women’s team currently sits in third place at the midway point of competition, trailing only Queens (270 points) and Indy (246 points).  

 INSIDE THE MEET  
LOCATION: Greensboro, NC | Greensboro Aquatic Center  
STANDINGS: Men’s (8th/91 points); Women’s (3rd/221 points) 
EVENTS: 100 butterfly, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 400 Medley relay 
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 HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Celina Marquez started the championship events with a fourth place finish in the 100-butterfly, scoring 15 points for Nova Southeastern.  

  • May Lowy earned a bronze medal finish in the 400 IM, recording a time of 4:18.50. Best placed seventh in the same event, finishing in 4:21.32 

  • Jarryd Baxter earned the first top-3 finish for the Sharks men’s team, placing third in the 400-IM with a time of 3:48.49.  

  • Best, Maslova, Marquez, and Wright earned their second national title as a collective unit in the 400 medley to close out day two of competition, defeating Queens by 1.5 seconds. Wright, serving as the anchor, completed her leg of the race in 49.21 seconds.  

UPCOMING 

Day three of the NCAA National Championship meet begins at 10 a.m. on Friday morning from the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Friday’s events include the 500 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the 800 free relay.  

Championship Central 

To stay up-to-date on NSU Swimming, follow on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_Swim.  

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NSU Closes Day One of NCAA Championships with National Title

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams began their pursuit of national titles as the NCAA Division II National Championship Meet from the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Celina Marquez, Savanna Best, Sasha Maslova, and Cassandra Wright started the finals with the national championship in the 200-medley relay, posting a time of 1:38.83.  

INSIDE THE MEET 

Location: Greensboro Aquatic Center | Greensboro, North Carolina 

Standings: Men’s – 11th place (43 points); Women’s – 2nd place (129 points) 

Events: 200 Medley relay, 1000 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle 

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HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • The Sharks claimed the national title in the first finals event of the evening with a time of 1:38.83 in the 200-medley relay. The group of Maslova, Marquez, Best and Wright set new records at both Nova Southeastern and in the Sunshine State Conference. Wright finished with the fastest times out of the four, completing her leg of the race in 22.23. 

  • Luca Alessandrini, making his debut at the NCAA National Championships, finished in 11th place in the 1000-freestyle finishing in 9:12.45 

  • Marquez followed up the national championship winning performance in the 200-medley relay with a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley, narrowly being edged out by reigning national champion Marizel Van Jaarsveld from Indy.  

  • Maslova, Best, and May Lowy all added top-10 finishes in the event for the Sharks, scoring 45 points for NSU.  

  • Amilia Nusbaum, May Lowy, Solana Capalbo, and Wright added a top-five finish in the 200-freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 1:32.63 

  • The Sharks closed out the evening with a top-10 finish in the men’s 200 freestyle relay, posting a time of 1:19.67. Steven Aimable paced the Sharks with a time of 19.76. 

Upcoming 

The Division II National Championship continues with day two on Thursday, March 10, from the Greensboro Aquatic Center with preliminaries at 10 a.m. Thursday’s events include the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 freestyle and the 400-medley relay.  

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Sharks Set to Dive in at NCAA National Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships are set to begin on Wednesday and the Sharks are looking to add more hardware and lore to the program. The Greensboro Aquatic Center will serve as the Sharks tank over the next four days, where the Sharks will be competing from Wednesday to Saturday.  

The NCAA National Championship begins on Wednesday morning with preliminary time trials before the first waves of national title competitions beginning at 6 p.m. On 2/23 it was announced that 60 swimmers from the Sunshine State Conference are traveling to compete, with 21 of those athletes representing Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Swimming.  

In last year’s national championship meet, the Sharks women’s swimming program finished eighth, while the men placed 14th. Cassandra Wright, Savanna Best, Sasha Maslova, and Solana Capalbo earned a bronze in the 400-medley in 2021, finishing with a time of 3:39.83. 

The NSU Women’s swimming team heads to Greensboro after taking the crown in the 2021-22 Sunshine State Conference Championships, retaining their title from 2019-20. Savanna Best, the reigning SSC Swimmer of the Meet, enters the national competition as the top qualifier in the 100-breaststroke. Best is joined by Celina Marquez, who’s favored in the 100/200 backstroke. Additionally, NSU will be represented by Estelle Bauer, Brady Estrada, May Lowy, Sasha Maslova, Victoria Ortiz, Neta Shiff, Cassandra Wright, Solana Capalbo and Amilia Nusbaum.  

On the men’s side, Luca Alessandrini – the men’s SSC Swimmer of the Meet – is the top-seed in both the 500/1000 freestyle. The Sharks also sent Steven Aimable, Jarryd Baxter, Thomas Flower, Spencer Hohm, Anton Mueller, Olle Williamsson, Alessandro Xella, Martin Hemminghyth and Robert Spekis.  

Nova Southeastern Men (8 Swimmers / 15 Ind. Events / 5 Relays) 
Steven Aimable – 100 FL 
Luca Alessandrini – 1000 FR, 200 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Jarryd Baxter – 200 IM, 400 IM, 500 FR, 200 BK 
Thomas Flower – 200 FR 
Spencer Hohm – 400 IM 
Anton Mueller – 50 FR, 100 FR 
Olle Williamsson – 200 BR 
Alessandro Xella – 200 IM 
200 Medley Relay 
400 Medley Relay 
200 Free Relay 
400 Free Relay 
800 Free Relay 
 
Nova Southeastern Women (9 Swimmers / 27 Ind. Events / 5 Relays) 
Estelle Bauer – 1000 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Savanna Best – 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 BR, 200 BR 
Brady Estrada – 200 FL 
May Lowy – 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 FL, 200 BK 
Celina Marquez – 200 IM, 100 FL, 100 BK, 200 BK 
Sasha Maslova – 200 IM, 100 FL, 200 FL 
Victoria Ortiz – 1000 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Neta Shiff – 1000 FR, 1650 FR 
Cassandra Wright – 50 FR, 100 BK, 200 BK 
200 Medley Relay 
400 Medley Relay 
200 Free Relay 
400 Free Relay 
800 Free Relay 
 

NCAA PROGRAM 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Swimming during their NCAA National Championship competition, be sure to follow along on twitter and instagram at @NSU_Swimming and visit NSUSharks.com for nightly recap articles.  

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17 Sharks Qualify for NCAA National Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Qualifiers for the NCAA National Championship Meet were announced, and Nova Southeastern will be sending 17 swimmers to Greensboro to compete from March 9 – 12. NSU will be sending the most student-athletes from the Sunshine State Conference, and feature three – Luca Alessandrini, Celina Marquez, and Savanna Best – that rank as top qualifiers.  

Alessandrini, the reigning Sunshine State Conference Championship Swimmer of the Meet, heads to Greensboro as the top-seed in the 500/1000-freestyle, while co-SSC Swimmer of the Meet, Savanna Best is the leader in the 100-breaststroke. Lastly, Marquez is the top-qualifier in the 100/200-back.  

Nova Southeastern Women’s Swimming claimed their second consecutive Sunshine State Conference title last weekend, with the men finishing second in the SSC Championships.  

Below are the swimmers, and their events, that NSU Men’s and Women’s Swimming will be participating in.  

Nova Southeastern Men (8 Swimmers / 15 Ind. Events / 5 Relays) 
Steven Aimable – 100 FL 
Luca Alessandrini – 1000 FR, 200 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Jarryd Baxter – 200 IM, 400 IM, 500 FR, 200 BK 
Thomas Flower – 200 FR 
Spencer Hohm – 400 IM 
Anton Mueller – 50 FR, 100 FR 
Olle Williamsson – 200 BR 
Alessandro Xella – 200 IM 
200 Medley Relay 
400 Medley Relay 
200 Free Relay 
400 Free Relay 
800 Free Relay 
 
Nova Southeastern Women (9 Swimmers / 27 Ind. Events / 5 Relays) 
Estelle Bauer – 1000 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Savanna Best – 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 BR, 200 BR 
Brady Estrada – 200 FL 
May Lowy – 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 FL, 200 BK 
Celina Marquez – 200 IM, 100 FL, 100 BK, 200 BK 
Sasha Maslova – 200 IM, 100 FL, 200 FL 
Victoria Ortiz – 1000 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Neta Shiff – 1000 FR, 1650 FR 
Cassandra Wright – 50 FR, 100 BK, 200 BK 
200 Medley Relay 
400 Medley Relay 
200 Free Relay 
400 Free Relay 
800 Free Relay 

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21 Sharks Qualify for NCAA National Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Qualifiers for the NCAA National Championship Meet were announced, and Nova Southeastern will be sending 21 swimmers to Greensboro, N.C. to compete from March 9 – 12. NSU will be sending the most student-athletes from the Sunshine State Conference, and feature three – Luca Alessandrini, Celina Marquez, and Savanna Best – that rank as top qualifiers.  

Alessandrini, the reigning Sunshine State Conference Championship Swimmer of the Meet, heads to Greensboro as the top-seed in the 500/1000-freestyle, while co-SSC Swimmer of the Meet, Savanna Best is the leader in the 100-breaststroke. Lastly, Marquez is the top-qualifier in the 100/200-back.  

Nova Southeastern Women’s Swimming claimed their second consecutive Sunshine State Conference title last weekend, with the men finishing second in the SSC Championships.  

Below are the swimmers, and their events, that NSU Men’s and Women’s Swimming will be participating in.  

Nova Southeastern Men (8 Swimmers / 15 Ind. Events / 5 Relays) 
Steven Aimable – 100 FL 
Luca Alessandrini – 1000 FR, 200 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Jarryd Baxter – 200 IM, 400 IM, 500 FR, 200 BK 
Thomas Flower – 200 FR 
Spencer Hohm – 400 IM 
Anton Mueller – 50 FR, 100 FR 
Olle Williamsson – 200 BR 
Alessandro Xella – 200 IM 
200 Medley Relay 
400 Medley Relay 
200 Free Relay 
400 Free Relay 
800 Free Relay 
Martin Hemminghyth
Robert Spekis 
 
Nova Southeastern Women (9 Swimmers / 27 Ind. Events / 5 Relays) 
Estelle Bauer – 1000 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Savanna Best – 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 BR, 200 BR 
Brady Estrada – 200 FL 
May Lowy – 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 FL, 200 BK 
Celina Marquez – 200 IM, 100 FL, 100 BK, 200 BK 
Sasha Maslova – 200 IM, 100 FL, 200 FL 
Victoria Ortiz – 1000 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR 
Neta Shiff – 1000 FR, 1650 FR 
Cassandra Wright – 50 FR, 100 BK, 200 BK 
200 Medley Relay 
400 Medley Relay 
200 Free Relay 
400 Free Relay 
800 Free Relay 
Amilia Nusbaum
Solana Capalbo

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