Sharks Recognized by CSCAA For Academic Achievements

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected the Nova Southeastern University men’s and women’s swimming teams for Scholar All-American honors. Nova Southeastern was one of 461 schools to receive the award for the Spring semester. Teams were selected on the basis of their Spring grade point averages and represent 17,982 student-athletes. 
 
In addition, the CSCAA named 1,479 individual swimmers and divers to Scholar All-American Team for the 2019-20 season. The award recognizes students who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and were invited to compete at their respective national championship. Selections were drawn from 209 colleges and universities.
 
As a whole, the women’s team recorded their program’s highest ever winter semester GPA, 3.68, while also finishing the year with a program-high annual GPA of 3.61. The men’s team finished with a 3.26, which marks the sixth-consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA for both teams under head coach Ben Hewitt‘s guidance.
 
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart mentioned the efforts of Hewitt noting that “No team was unaffected by this spring’s pandemic but Athletic Director Mike Mominey and President George Hanbury can and should be proud of their teams and the work of Ben.”
 
A total of 20 NSU swimmers earned the CSCAA Scholar All-America distinction, a new program-high as they edged out the 2011-12 squad by one honoree. From the women’s team, nine swimmers earned First Team honors, while four earned Honorable Mention laurels, making 13 Scholar All-Americans the new program-high. On the men’s side, six members were named to the First Team and one earned Honorable Mention honors.
 
Women’s Team
Solana Capalbo                      Biomedical Engineering
Caily Friel                                Recreational Therapy
Jenna Johns                           Exercise Science
Sasha Maslova                       Marketing
Amilia Nusbaum                     Behavioral Neuroscience
Emma Sundstedt                    Exercise Science
Hannah Trieschmann             Political Science
Cassandra Wright                   Business Management
Elizabeth Zubero                    Recreational Therapy
Kaylee Gassen (HM)              Recreational Therapy
Molly Griswold (HM)               Marketing
Hannah Pariseault (HM)         Elementary Education
Abigail Schwartz (HM)            Public Health
 
Men’s Team
Spencer Hohm                        Behavioral Neuroscience
Vincent Lijoi                             Business Management
Matteo Masiero                       Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Magnus Poulsen                     Psychology
Robert Spekis                         Marine Biology
Alessandro Xella                     Mathematics & Computer Science
Jonathan Yanello (HM)          Biomedical Engineering
 
About the CSCAA
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the first organization of college coaches in America – is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
 
 

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Friel, Xella Earn 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As announced on Thursday afternoon, Nova Southeastern swimmers Caily Friel and Alessandro Xella have earned spots on the 2020 Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams. Selected by CoSIDA, the Academic All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom. These are the fist Academic All-District® honors earned by NSU swimmers since Emma Wahlstrom and Victor Tarin in 2017.
 
“We’re so proud to see Caily and Alessandro be recognized for their performance in the classroom and the pool,” said head coach Ben Hewitt. “Their pursuit of excellence was evident all season and they are most deserving of this honor!”
 
Friel, a senior who boasts a 3.91 cumulative GPA while studying recreational therapy, is just as impressive in the pool as she is in the classroom. This season, Friel was crowned the 2020 Sunshine State Conference champion in the 100 breaststroke and was also a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that earned SSC crowns in 2020. Both relay teams also set new NSU and SSC records at the 2020 NCAA Championships before the early cancellation due to COVID-19. Her outstanding 2020 season landed her on the All-SSC First Team. Additionally, Friel was named an NCAA All-American in four events in 2020. Academically, Friel is a two-time SSC Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree and was named to the 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-American Team and was a recipient of a 2019 D2ADA Academic Achievement Award.
 
Xella, a mathematics major who holds an impressive 3.83 cumulative GPA, was also named to the All-District® Men’s At-Large Team. Xella was a 2020 CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American in the 400 IM and was also named to the 2020 All-SSC Second Team. Last season, he earned the title of 2019 SSC Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year as well as a spot on the 2019 All-SSC Second Team. Academically, he was named to the 2019 SSC Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll and CSCAA Scholar All-American Team.
 
Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District® will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America® honorees will be announced from June 16-19.
 
The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the links below, and are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
2020 Academic All-District® Men’s At-Large Teams               PDF   
2020 Academic All-District® Women’s At-Large Teams         PDF   
 

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CSCAA Announces 2020 Swimming All-American Selections

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) selected its All-American teams for the 2019-20 season. Due to the cancellation of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the CSCAA Board adjusted the selection criteria for each Division.
 
Nova Southeastern had a total of 19 swimmers receive All-America honors, including 10 men and nine women. The Sharks swimmers include Solana Capalbo, Laurel Fink, Caily Friel, Jenna Johns, Sasha Maslova, Amilia Nusbaum, Emma Sundstedt, Hannah Trieschmann, and Cassandra Wright on the women’s side, while Aleksei Averchenko, Samuel Brettmann, Alec Dawson, Martin Hemminghyth, Spencer Hohm, Vincent Lijoi, Matteo Masiero, Magnus Poulsen, Robert Spekis and Alessandro Xella represented the men.
 
“This is an exciting honor for our team who sadly had its championship cut short,” acknowledged head coach Ben Hewitt. “It was a honor to be with them at this year’s NCAA meet and lead them to what was an excellent performance at the time. I’m particular happy to see CSCAA recognize all the hard work that went the season and extend All-American Honors to our entire NCAA team. A part of me will always carry with it the 2020 NCAA team and I’m delighted to see that their efforts will be etched in NCAA and NSU history.”
 
The result was an unprecedented number of selections in what is largely acknowledged as unprecedented circumstances. Greg Earhart, Executive Director explained that the Board of Directors sought to not penalize any student-athlete who had not had the opportunity to compete for a spot on the All-American team. “Our sport is replete with previously-unheralded swimmers and divers who have gone on not just to All-America honors, but also to national championships and Olympic Team spots.”
 
This isn’t the first time the association adjusted All-America criteria. The first CSCAA All-America team was published in 1924, thirteen years before the first men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. The first women’s All-America team was published in 1975, seven years prior to the first NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship. During much of that time, the team was selected by a panel of coaches. In 1985 the honor was standardized around the NCAA Championships with the top eight finalists receiving first-team recognition and consolation finalists being named Honorable Mention.
 
Below are the events for each NSU All-American:
 
Solana Capalbo (200 Free Relay (HM), 800 Free Relay)
Laurel Fink (800 Free Relay)
Caily Friel (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Jenna Johns (100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Sasha Maslova (100 Fly (HM), 200 Fly, 200 IM (HM), 400 IM (HM), 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Amilia Nusbaum (400 Free Relay)
Emma Sundstedt (500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay)
Hannah Trieschmann (200 Free Relay (HM))
Cassandra Wright (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 Fr Rel (HM), 400 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
 
Aleksei Averchenko (200 Back, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Samuel Brettmann (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Alec Dawson (100 Free, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay)
Martin Hemminghyth (200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Spencer Hohm (200 Fly, 400 IM (HM))
Vincent Lijoi – (200 Free (HM), 500 Free, 1000 Free, 800 Free Relay)
Matteo Masiero (100 Fly (HM), 400 Med Relay)
Magnus Poulsen (100 Fly, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay)
Robert Spekis (100 Breast)
Alessandro Xella (400 IM (HM))
 
2020 Selection Criteria:
• Division I – All Relays Achieving ‘A” Standards, individuals selected to the NCAA Championships, and divers entered in uncontested events from the Zone C Diving Qualification meet are named All-American.
• Division II – In contested events, the top eight finalists are named to the first team while the consolation finalists were named Honorable Mention. In events that were not contested, individual and relay qualifiers selected for the championship are named All-American.
• Division III – Individuals and relays selected to the NCAA Championship are named All-American.
• NAIA – Individuals Finishing 1-8th and Relays Finishing 1-4th are named All-American. Relays finishing 5-8th are named Honorable Mention.
• NJCAA – Individuals finishing 1-8th and relays finishing 1-4th are named All-American
• All – Teams must be current CSCAA Members
 
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. (CSCAA), is the nation’s first professional coaching association for intercollegiate athletics. Presently, the CSCAA boasts more than 2,000 member coaches and assistant coaches, recognizes All-American swimmers and divers, NCAA record-breakers and Scholar All-America athletes and teams as well as outstanding coaches and contributors, and helps oversee the welfare of collegiate swimming and diving.
 
To view the full CSCAA release, CLICK HERE.
 

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Memorable Moments from 2020 NCAA DII Swimming Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Competing in one full day of action and one morning of preliminaries, the Nova Southeastern swim teams saw four program records broken and three new Sunshine State Conference records set.
 
As noted in last Wednesday’s release, the women’s 200 medley relay team made up by Cassandra Wright, Caily Friel, Sasha Maslova and Jenna Johns earned the bronze with their time of 1:40.13, posting a new Sunshine State Conference and institution record.
 
The women’s 400 medley team which included Wright, Friel, Maslova and Johns broke their previous record set at the 2020 SSC Championships by almost a full second, posting a time of 3:38.74. Their leadoff swimmer, Wright, also broke her previous record in the 100 backstroke set at the 2020 SSC Championships with her new time of 52.94. She was just .49 seconds away from a new NCAA Division II record.
 
In the men’s 400 medley relay, senior Aleksei Averchenko also set a new NSU record in the 100 backstroke, posting a time of 47.78.
 
Along with the new records, the Sharks saw multiple personal-bests set at the 2020 NCAA DII Championships.  
Per the NCAA, the 2020 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships were cancelled. The decision was based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the NCAA’s ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
 
 

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Sharks Women’s 200 Medley Relay Sets New SSC Record on NCAA DII Championships Opening Night

GENEVA, Ohio – Competing in the first day of the 2020 NCAA DII National Championships, the Nova Southeastern swim teams saw three Top-5 finishes from their five individuals and two relays that swam in Wednesday night’s finals. The highlight of the night came from the women’s 200 medley relay, where the Sharks set a new Sunshine State Conference and NSU record, earning the bronze.
 
INSIDE THE MEET:
WOMEN’S TOTAL SCORES: Nova Southeastern Sharks (49 points, 7th Place)
MEN’S TOTAL SCORES: Nova Southeastern Sharks (68.5 points, 3rd Place)
LOCATION: SPIRE Aquatics Center | Geneva, Ohio
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FINAL RESULTS:
 

 
CONSOLATION FINAL RESULTS:
 

  • In the women’s 200 IM, Sasha Maslova finished 12th with a time of 2:03.05.

 
PRELIMINARY RESULTS:
 

  • Two individual swimmers and two relay teams advanced to the finals after day one prelims.
  • Elizabeth Zubero finished the 200 IM in 2:06.34. On the men’s side Alessandro Xella posted a time of 1:50.41 and Spencer Hohm finished in 1:50.63.
  • In the women’s 50 free, Wright and Friel posted times of 23.80 and 24.18, respectively, while Matteo Masiero recorded a time of 20.90.

 
UP NEXT:
 
Day two of the 2020 Div. II NCAA National Championships will begin tomorrow morning, Mar. 12, at 10:00 a.m. EST with the preliminaries of the 200 Freestyle Relays.
 
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Sharks Swimming Set For 2020 NCAA Div. II National Championship Meet

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Looking to continue its success in the 2020 championship season, the Nova Southeastern swim teams head to Geneva, Ohio to compete in the 2020 NCAA Div. II National Championships. The championship meet will run over the course of four days, Mar. 11-14, at the SPIRE Institute – Aquatics Center.
 
The four-day event includes daily morning and evening sessions. Each morning session begins at 10 a.m., with the evening sessions beginning at 6 p.m. NCAA.com will live stream each session HERE. To check out this year’s NSU Championship page, CLICK HERE. For a complete schedule of swimming championship events and live results, CLICK HERE.
 
“We’re honored to be amongst the Nation’s best in Geneva,” professed head coach Ben Hewitt. “The last few days have given us the opportunity to fine tune and hone in on our preparation. The community has really done its part to ensure the meet will be first class and the hospitality in amazing. I’m proud of our NCAA team and I’m confident that we will execute and finish our season on a high note. The team is focused and I’m pleased with the leadership from our experienced upperclassmen. It should be a great four days!”
 
Coming off their fifth first-place finish in program history at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, the No. 5 women’s team sends six individual competitors, while the No. 8 men’s team sends nine, the most from the SSC. Below is a complete list of Sharks that will compete on the next four days and the events they will compete in:
 
Women’s Team (6 Swimmers / 5 Relays)
Caily Friel – 100 BR, 200 BR
Jenna Johns – 50 FR, 100 FL, 100 BK, 100 FR
Sasha Maslova – 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 FL, 200 FL
Emma Sundstedt – 1000 FR, 200 FR, 500 FR, 1650 FR
Cassandra Wright – 100 BK, 200 BK
Elizabeth Zubero – 100 FL
200 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
200 Medley Relay
400 Medley Relay
 
Men’s Team (9 Swimmers / 5 Relays)
Aleksei Averchenko – 200 IM, 100 FL, 200 BK
Samuel Brettmann – 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 BR, 200 BR
Alec Dawson – 50 FR, 200 FR, 100 FR
Spencer Hohm – 400 IM, 200 FL
Vincent Lijoi – 1000 FR, 200 FR, 500 FR
Matteo Masiero – 100 FL
Magnus Poulsen – 100 FL
Robert Spekis – 100 BR
Alessandro Xella – 400 IM
200 Free Relay
400 Free Relay
800 Free Relay
200 Medley Relay
400 Medley Relay

In order to qualify for the national championships, student-athletes are required to meet NCAA Standard-A or NCAA Standard-B times during the regular season in their respective event(s). All swimmers who post an A-cut automatically qualify, while the rest of the field is made up of the best B-cut times in Division II. At the end of the meet, the team with the highest combined point total will be crowned the overall 2020 NCAA Division II National Champions, while winners of each individual event will be crowned an individual national champion.
 
As always, follow along with live updates on Twitter by following @NSU_Swim and @NSUSharks. Updates after each prelims will be provided, as well as updates throughout each final session. 
 

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NSU Swimming Earns 12 All-SSC Awards

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Leading the Sunshine State Conference with 12 all-conference selections, the Nova Southeastern swimming teams saw six female and six male swimmers named to the 2020 All-SSC Teams, as announced on Thursday afternoon. Voted on by the league’s head swimming coaches, a total of 18 men and women represented the All-Conference Teams.
 
The 2020 SSC women’s championship team boasted six honorees, the most from any SSC institution. Both Emma Sundstedt and Sasha Maslova repeated their All-SSC First Team honors while teammate Jenna Johns earned her first First Team nod of her career after being named to the All-SSC Second Team in 2019 and 2018. For Sundstedt, this is her third-consecutive First Team award. Newcomer Cassandra Wright and seniors Elizabeth Zubero and Caily Friel rounded out the six Sharks with all-conference nominations as they were named to the All-SSC Second Team. This marks Zubero’s second all-SSC honor of her career.
 
On the men’s side, Nova Southeastern and Tampa were tied for the most nominations, with six each. Vincent Lijoi earned his spot on the All-SSC First Team for the second-straight year and was joined by Aleksei Averchenko, Samuel Brettmann and Spencer Hohm. The Sharks led all schools with their four members on the All-SSC First Team. Alec Dawson was awarded a spot on the All-SSC Second Team and Alessandro Xella was named to the All-SSC Honorable Mention Squad. Both Dawson and Xella were named to the 2019 Second Team.
 
Coach of the Year, Swimmer of the Year, and Freshman of the Year will be voted on by league coaches following the NCAA Division II championship. This year’s NCAA Championships will be held March 11 – 14 at the SPIRE Institute Aquatics Center in Geneva, Ohio.
 
Below is a complete list of both the men’s and women’s 2020 All-SSC selections.
 

2020 ALL-SSC Women’s Swimming First Team
Name School Yr. Hometown
Emma Sundstedt^@†$ Nova Southeastern Jr. Hasselby, Sweden
Courtney Sherwood^ Tampa So. Ottawa, Ontario
Jenna Johns*‡ Nova Southeastern So. Ambler, Pa.
Hana van Loock^† Tampa Jr. Essen, Germany
Lisa Bazarova^ Tampa So. Neznamovo, Russia
Sasha Maslova^! Nova Southeastern So. Moscow, Russia
Savannah Brennan* Florida Tech Jr. Oviedo, Fla.
Ewa Osiniak Lynn Fr. Lublin, Poland
2020 ALL-SSC Women’s Swimming Second Team
Name School Yr. Hometown
Cassie Wright Nova Southeastern Jr. Christchurch, New Zealand
Victorria Bonsanti Feniello Saint Leo So. Los Teques, Venezuela
Jessie Tobin*‡ Tampa Jr. Pittsfield, Mass.
Samantha Beck Lynn Fr. Sparks, Nev.
Sydney Willis Rollins So. Raleigh, N.C.
Karolina Smylek* Lynn So. Lublin, Poland
Elizabeth Zubero* Nova Southeastern Sr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Caily Friel Nova Southeastern Sr. Tinley Park, Ill.
2020 ALL-SSC Women’s Swimming Honorable Mention
Name School Yr. Hometown
Julia Augustsson Tampa Fr. Stockholm, Sweden
Malin Wallen Florida Southern Sr. Stockholm, Sweden

^ = 2018-19 All-SSC First Team
* = 2018-19 All-SSC Second Team
! = 2018-19 Freshman of the Year
@ = 2018-19 Swimmer of the Year
† = 2017-18 All-SSC First Team
‡ = 2017-18 All-SSC Second Team
$ = 2017-18 Freshman of the Year
 

2020 ALL-SSC Men’s Swimming First Team
Name School Yr. Hometown
Brett Saunders^ Tampa Sr. Newark, Del.
Vincent Lijoi^ Nova Southeastern Sr. Bradenton, Fla.
Aleksei Averchenko* Nova Southeastern Sr. Usolie-Sibirskoe, Russia
Samuel Brettmann Nova Southeastern Jr. San Antonio, Texas
Gabe Parnell Tampa So. Longwood, Fla.
Matias Lopez^‡$ Florida Southern Jr. Asuncion, Paraguay
Spencher Hohm~ Nova Southeastern So. Springfield, Ill.
Jared Fitzgerald Tampa Jr. Nassau, Bahamas
2020 ALL-SSC Men’s Swimming Second Team
Name School Yr. Hometown
Luke Hene Tampa Sr. Gainesville, Ga.
Mohamed Masmoudi Lynn Fr. Tunis, Tunisia
Matthew Daniel* Saint Leo So. Alton, Ill.
Alec Dawson* Nova Southeastern Jr. East Palatka, Fla.
Luka Prostran Florida Southern Fr. Zagreb, Croatia
Cole Smith* Florida Southern So. Nixa, Mo.
Brandon Dyck^‡ Florida Southern Jr. Cary, N.C.
Brian Valedon* Tampa Sr. Brewster, N.Y.
2020 ALL-SSC Men’s Swimming Honorable Mention
Name School Yr. Hometown
Alessandro Xella*! Nova Southeastern So. Imola, Italy
Yannick Smith Tampa Jr. Atlanta, Ga.

 
 
^ = 2018-19 All-SSC First Team
* = 2018-19 All-SSC Second Team
~ = 2018-19 All-SSC Honorable Mention
! = 2018-19 Freshman of the Year
† = 2017-18 All-SSC First Team
‡ = 2017-18 All-SSC Second Team
$ = 2017-18 Freshman of the Year
 
 

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Sharks Women’s Swimming Crowned SSC Champions

CLEARWATER, Fla. – For the fifth time in program history, the Nova Southeastern women’s swimming team earned the Sunshine State Conference crown, becoming the outright leader in conference championships in the SSC. The men’s team fought until the end, coming up just short of first-place Tampa, who won their first title in program history.
 
INSIDE THE MEET:
WOMEN’S TOTAL SCORES: No. 6 Nova Southeastern Sharks (955 points, 1st Place)
MEN’S TOTAL SCORES: No. 6 Nova Southeastern Sharks (809 points, 2nd Place)
LOCATION: The Long Center | Clearwater, Fla.
FOLLOW US: @NSU_SWIM on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
 
TOP PERFORMERS:
 

  • Emma Sundstedt earned her third-consecutive gold medal in the women’s 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:37.64, an NCAA B-Cut time and just .11 seconds from her championship record.
  • Cassandra Wright won the second gold medal of the night for the Sharks in the 200 backstroke, finishing with an NCAA B-Cut winning time of 1:58.06.
  • Samuel Brettmann earned the gold in the men’s 200 breaststroke, posting a personal-best time of 1:58.50.
  • Alec Dawson earned the silver in the men’s 100 freestyle in 44.10 and Jenna Johns brought home the bronze on the women’s side in 50.75.
  • Caily Friel finished second in the women’s 200 breaststroke with an NCAA B-Cut time of 2:14.67.
  • Both the women’s (Wright, Amilia Nusbaum, Sundstedt, Johns) and men’s (Dawson, Aleksei Averchenko, Jonathan Yanello, Magnus Poulsen) 400 freestyle relays finished second with times of 3.23.96 and 2:57.86, respectively.

 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
 

  • In the men’s 100 freestyle, Lliam Dolan posted a personal-best 45.66.
  • In the women’s and men’s 200 backstroke, seven Sharks qualified for the championship/consolation finals, and all seven of them posted personal bests.
  • Friel cut off almost three seconds from her personal-best in the 200 breast and Molly Griswold also posted a personal-best time to advance to the championship final along with Elizabeth Zubero.
  • Brettmann recorded a personal-best 1:58.56 to take the top seed in the men’s 200 breast.

 
BEYOND THE MEDALS:
 

  • In the prelims alone, the Sharks tallied 13 NCAA B-Standard times.
  • Out of those who qualified for the Championship or Competition Finals, 13 Sharks posted personal bests during preliminaries.
  • During the finals, 13 Sharks posted personal bests.

 
UP NEXT:
 
The Sharks will continue their championship season preparation. Up next, the 2020 NCAA DII National Championships held in Greensboro, N.C. March 12-15.
 
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NSU Swimming Earns Six-Straight Golds on Day Three of SSC Championships

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men and women’s swim teams put on a show on Saturday night, grabbing the first six gold medals of the third night of the 2020 SSC Championships. Emma Sundstedt brought home her third-straight 500 freestyle crown while Vincent Lijoi defended his men’s 500 freestyle crown. After three days of competition, the NSU women continue to lead the pack with a total of 726.5 points, with Tampa following in second with 659.5. On the men’s side, the Spartans hold onto their lead with 706 points and the Sharks sit in second with 628 points.
 
INSIDE THE MEET:
WOMEN’S TOTAL SCORES: No. 6 Nova Southeastern Sharks (726.5 points, 1st Place)
MEN’S TOTAL SCORES: No. 6 Nova Southeastern Sharks (628 points, 2nd Place)
LOCATION: The Long Center | Clearwater, Fla.
FOLLOW US: @NSU_SWIM on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
 
TOP PERFORMERS:
 

  • Emma Sundstedt earned her third-consecutive gold medal in the women’s 500 freestyle with a time of 4:51.50.
  • Vincent Lijoi also repeated as SSC Champion in the men’s 500 free with his personal-best time of 4:25.64.
  • Cassandra Wright earned the gold in the women’s 100 back, posting a winning time of 53.49, which also serves as an NCAA A-Cut. Jenna Johns took home the silver with a time of 54.68.
  • Aleksei Averchenko took the gold in the men’s 100 backstroke with his winning time of 48.24.
  • Caily Friel set a new personal record in the women’s 100 breast, winning the gold in 1:01.48.
  • Freshman Robert Spekis shocked the crowd as her became the sixth-straight Shark to win a gold medal on Saturday night, posting a winning time of 54.13.
  • Sasha Maslova brought home the silver in the women’s 200 butterfly, finishing with a time of 2:00.30.
  • Both the women’s (Laurel Fink, Maslova, Solana Capalbo, Sundstedt) and the men’s (Alec Dawson, Lijoi, Samuel Brettmann, Magnus Poulsen) 800 freestyle relays finished second with times of 7:30.71 and 6:33.18, respectively.

 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
 

  • The women’s 500 freestyle prelims saw two Sharks post personal bests to advance to the finals, as Hannah Pariseault notched a time of 5:03.37 and Maeve Hunt with a 5:04.23, both NCAA B-Cuts. On the men’s side, Caleb Fell also recorded a personal-best 4:36.15.
  • Four Sharks advanced to the championship finals of the women’s 100 back, as Abigail Schwartz and Solana Capalbo each posted personal bests, 56.44 and 56.88, respectively. On the men’s side, Evan Weber went 52.28 to advance to the consolation finals, also a personal-best.
  • Caliy Friel took almost two seconds off her best time in the 100 breast prelims, handing her the top seed heading into the championship finals. Leah Orton also notched a personal-best 1:04.79 to advance to the consolation finals.
  • Brettmann and Robert Spekis delivered the 1-2 punch in the men’s 100 breaststroke, finishing in 54.48 and 54.49, repspectively, both personal-best times and NCAA B-Cuts. Alessandro Xella added some drama to the event, having to swim in a swim off against FIT’s Jose Coiman-Acosta, and winning to take the eighth seed in the championship final.
  • Out of the three Sharks who advanced in the women’s 200 fly, Hunt registered a personal-best 2:08.00. Three male Sharks also qualified for the 200 fly championship finals, with Spencer Hohm finishing in a personal-best 1:49.73.

 
BEYOND THE MEDALS:
 

  • In the prelims alone, the Sharks tallied 15 NCAA B-Standard times.
  • Out of those who qualified for the Championship or Competition Finals, 12 Sharks posted personal bests during preliminaries.
  • During the finals, 10 Sharks posted personal bests.

 
UP NEXT:
 
The four-day SSC Championship meet will come to an end tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 16. The preliminaries will once again begin at 10:00 a.m., but the finals will start at 5:00 p.m. as the Senior Ceremony will be held before competition.
 
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Sharks Break Two SSC Records, Earn Five Golds on Day Two of SSC Championships

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The 2020 Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships continued on Friday at the Long Center, as the Nova Southeastern men and women’s swimming teams continued to produce top-tier finishes. The women’s team extends its leadership position at 4489.5 points with a 93-point lead, while the men remain in second at 432 points just 49 points from first. On Friday, the Sharks added five more gold medals to bring the total to eight after two days, while setting two new SSC and SSC Championship Meet records in the women’s 400 medley relay and women’s 100 backstroke.
 
INSIDE THE MEET:
WOMEN’S TOTAL SCORES: No. 6 Nova Southeastern Sharks (489.5 points, 1st Place)
MEN’S TOTAL SCORES: No. 6 Nova Southeastern Sharks (432 points, 2nd Place)
LOCATION: The Long Center | Clearwater, Fla.
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TOP PERFORMERS:
 

  • The 200 freestyle relay involving Cassandra Wright, Hannah Trieschmann, Laurel Fink and Caily Friel earned the first gold of the night, recording a provisional time of 1:33.79.
  • The men’s 200 freestyle (Dawson, Averchenko, Martin Hemminghyth and Jonathan Yanello) took the silver with their provisional time of 1:20.00, just 0.12 seconds off Tampa’s first-place time.
  • The women’s 400 medley relay team of Wright, Friel, Sasha Maslova and Jenna Johns set a new SSC and SSC Meet record with their winning time of 3:39.58. Leadoff backstroker, Wright, also set a new SSC and SSC Championship Meet record in the 100 backstroke with her time of 53.14. This is also an NCAA A-Qualifier.
  • The men’s 400 medley relay team of Aleksei Averchenko, Samuel Brettmann, Magnus Poulsen and Alec Dawson completed the event sweep for NSU and were .08 seconds off a championship meet record with their winning time of 3:12.08.
  • Maslova earned her second silver of the meet in the 400 IM, recording an NCAA B-Cut time of 4:19.10.
  • Brettman posted an NCAA A-Qualifying time of 3:48.81 in the men’s 400 IM, earning second place. Spencer Hohm finished in 3:54.57, good enough for fourth place.
  • Johns earned her first individual gold of the meet in the women’s 100 butterfly, posting a time of 55.17. Elizabeth Zubero grabbed the silver with her personal-best time of 55.20 and Maslova finished fourth in 55.46. All three times were NCAA B-Cuts.
  • The Sharks went 1-2-3 in the men’s 100 fly as Averchenko took the gold in 47.30, Magnus Poulsen with the silver in 47.33 and Matteo Masiero earning the bronze in 48.26.
  • Sundstedt took the silver in the women’s 200 free with a time of 1:49.32.
  • Vincent Lijoi and Dawson finished in second and third, respectively, in the men’s 200 free, posting times of 1:38.00 and 1:38.34. Both times were NCAA B-Cuts.

 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
 

  • The 400 IM saw two Sharks post personal bests, Hannah Pariseault in 4:27.03 and Spender Hohm in 3:52.92, sending them both to the championship finals later that night. Both times were NCAA B-Cut times.
  • In the women and men’s 100 butterfly, the Sharks took the first, second and third seeds heading into the championships on both sides, as all six swimmers posted NCAA B-Cuts and three recorded personal bests.
  • The NSU women sent a meet-best seven swimmers to the finals in the 200 freestyle, with three in the championship and four in the consolation finals. Solana Capalbo, Maeve Hunt and Tyler Fell each posted personal bests.

 
BEYOND THE MEDALS:
 

  • In the prelims alone, the Sharks tallied 16 NCAA B-Standard times.
  • Out of those who qualified for the Championship or Competition Finals, nine Sharks posted personal bests during preliminaries.
  • During the finals, seven Sharks posted personal bests.

 
UP NEXT:
 
The four-day SSC Championship meet will continue tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 15. The preliminaries will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the finals are set to start at 6:00 p.m.
 
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