NSU Competes at CSCAA Open Water Nationals

MIAMI, Fla. – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Hosted the College National Open Water Championships today at Florida International. Nearly 250 student-athletes, including Matthew Gush, Aidan Pflieger, and Caleb Fell, competed in the 5000m race.

Aidan Pflieger earned a top-20 finish in the event, completing the race in 57:07.76. Caleb Fell placed 60th, finishing the ultimate test of endurance in 1:02:09.49. Matthew Gush recorded a time of 1:04:05.98, placing 73rd.

The CSCAA Open Water Nationals Event concluded the Sharks 2022 schedule. NSU will be back in the pool on Friday, January 13, at the NSU Aquatic Center.

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Six Sharks Earn All-SSC Honors

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Six Sharks from the Nova Southeastern Men’s Swimming team were named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Swimming teams. NSU placed three on the first-team, two on the second-team, and one honorable mention. Overall, 18 student-athletes were selected to the teams. Voting was conducted among the Sunshine State Conference’s swimming coaches.  

Luca Alessandrini headlines the First-Team honorees for the Sharks. The freshman was named the Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Meet at the SSC Championships recently. He is the fourth Shark to earn the conference Swimmer of the Meet honor, and the first since 2016-17. Joining Alessandrini on the First-Team are Steven Aimable and Jarryd Baxter.  

Spencer Hohm makes an All-SSC team for the third time in his career, being named to the Second-Team in 2021-22, after receiving first-team honors in 2019-20 and being selected as an honorable mention in 2018-19. Anton Mueller also was named to the Second-Team, while Olle Williamsson was tabbed as an honorable mention. 

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. March 9th – Saturday, March 12th at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. The NCAA recently announced championship selections and seeding. Sixty swimmers and 34 relay teams qualified from the SSC.  

2021-22 ALL-SSC Men’s Swimming First Team 

Name School Yr. Hometown 

Brandon Dyck*~Δ Florida Southern Sr. Cary, North Carolina 
Elder Oliveira Florida Southern Jr. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 
Ludovico Viberti Florida Southern Fr. Torino, Italy 
Matteo Zampese Florida Southern So. Bologna, Italy 
Steven Aimable Nova Southeastern Sr. Cayenne, French Guiana 
Luca Alessandrini Nova Southeastern Fr. Rome, Italy 
Jarryd Baxter Nova Southeastern Sr. Johannesburg, South Africa 
Harold Lockhart Rollins So. Birmingham, Alabama 

2021-22 ALL-SSC Men’s Swimming Second Team 

Name School Yr. Hometown 

Kyle Micallef Florida Southern So. Melbourne, Australia 
Keith Peristeridis Florida Southern So. Kalamazoo, Michigan 
Daniel Aizenberg Florida Tech Jr. Ma’ale Adumim, Israel 
Mohamed Masmoudi*† Lynn So. Tunis, Tunisia 
Spencer Hohm^‡ Nova Southeastern Sr. Springfield, Illinois 
Anton Mueller Nova Southeastern So. Brandenburg, Germany 
Brian Daugherty Tampa Jr. Aurora, Illinois 
Parker Knollman Tampa Fr. Edgewood, Kentucky 

2021-22 ALL-SSC Men’s Swimming Honorable Mention 

Name School Yr. Hometown 

Olle Williamsson Nova Southeastern Sr. Helsingborg, Sweden 
Chance Ricca Rollins Fr. Colorado Springs, Colorado 

^ = 2019-20 All-SSC First Team 

* = 2019-20 All-SSC Second Team 

† = 2019-20 Freshman of the Year 

~ = 2018-19 All-SSC First Team 

‡ = 2018-19 All-SSC Honorable Mention 

Δ = 2017-18 All-SSC Second Team 

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Four Sharks Named to SSC All-Decade Teams

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced its 2010-11 to 2019-20 Men’s Swimming All-Decade honors on Tuesday afternoon. Voters named sixteen student-athletes from five programs as All-Decade members. All-Decade voting took place among the league’s administrators and swimming coaches. 

The SSC All-Decade awards include eleven SSC Swimmer of the Year honorees and all six individual NCAA National Champions from the league from 2010-11 to 2019-20.  

Anton Lobanov (2014-17), Franco Lupoli (16-18), and Thiago Sickert (14-17), represented Nova Southeastern on the First-Team, while Oskar Nordstrand (11-13) was named to the Second-Team.  

“It’s an honor for NSU Men’s Swimming to have these young men as representative on the All-Decade team. They are first class human beings, who excelled at such high levels here in the pool and classroom,” said Head Coach Ben Hewitt. “You still see their footprint on our program and their efforts continue to set the tone for future generations of Shark swimmers. I was fortunate enough to coach all four; however, I also want to share that each of them worked with Hollie Bonewit-Cron, and I know that she is extremely proud of them and their accomplishments.” 

Lobanov is one of the most accomplished swimmers in the history of Nova Southeastern’s program, winning six individual national championships in his three years. Lobanov three-peated in the 100/200 breaststroke, winning the national title in each year from 2015 – 2017, while adding SSC titles in the same events and the 200/400 medley relay. He also set the NCAA record in the 100 (51.63) and 200 (1:51.71) breaststroke in 2015, which also set the standard in the Sunshine State Conference. Lobanov led the Sharks to the SSC title in 2017, and to a 3rd place finish in the NCAA National Championship Meet. Additionally, Lobanov was also named to the SSC First-Team in 2016-17, as well as the SSC Swimmer and Athlete of the Year in 2017. He earned First-Team All-American honors in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  

Lupoli also had a distinguished career as a member of the Sharks, winning an NCAA National Championship in 2017 and six individual Sunshine State Conference titles. Lupoli claimed the title in the 1000-yard freestyle at the NCAA National title meet and added five SSC championships in the same season. Lupoli and the Sharks earned back-to-back Sunshine State Conference titles in 2017 and 2018.  

“I am thankful for the opportunity to leave a legacy for NSU Swimming,” stated Lupoli. “The sense of community within the team, brings in all factors in order to achieve peak performance, both in academics and athletics. I am proud to belong to the Shark family, and look forward to future success of the program.” 

Sickert dominated the pool during his time at NSU, teaming with both Lupoli and Lobanov. Sickert earned four individual NCAA National Championships, two national runner-up finishes and an additional six Sunshine State Conference titles. In 2016, Sickert claimed the championships in the 100-freestyle and 200-fly, while also earning SSC wins in the 100/200-fly and 100-freestyle. Prior to that, Sickert also won the national championships in both the 100/200 freestyle in 2015. Sickert holds the Sunshine State Conference record in the 100-freestyle (42.98), 200-freestyle (1:35.07) and 200-fly (1:44.42) setting all three in 2015. Sickert was part of the 2017 Sunshine State Conference title team in 2017, and also helped lead the Sharks to a 3rd place finish in the NCAA Championships in 2017. 

Nordstrand, selected to the All-Decade Second-Team, won the 500-freestyle NCAA National Championship in 2013, and won three Sunshine State Conference titles in the 500/1000/1650-freestyle. Nordstrand earned four top-five finishes in the NCAA National Championships during his career, including first (2013/500-free), fourth (2012/2013/1000-free), and second (2012/500-free). Nordstrand was a part of the 2012 Sunshine State Conference Championship team.  

Swimming became a Sunshine State Conference sport on April 7, 2010. In the decade since, three SSC programs have hoisted the SSC Championship trophy, led by the Sharks of Nova Southeastern (5). NSU also leads in scoring performances, with ten, at the NCAA Championship meets during the decade. 

2010-11 to 2019-20 SSC Men’s Swimming All-Decade First Team 

Miguel Ferreira, Florida Southern (2011-13) 
Allan Gutierrez, Florida Southern (2011-15) 
Jeb Halfacre, Florida Southern (2011-13) 
Matthew Holmes, Florida Southern (2015-19) 
Anton Lobanov, Nova Southeastern (2014-17) 
Franco Lupoli, Nova Southeastern (2016-18) 
Brett Saunders, Tampa (2016-20) 
Thiago Sickert, Nova Southeastern (2014-17) 

2010-11 to 2019-20 SSC Men’s Swimming All-Decade Second Team 
Matheus Assis, Saint Leo (2012-16) 
Daniel Bis, Saint Leo (2014-16) 
Henrik Dahrendorff, Saint Leo (2016-20) 
Luis Jasso, Florida Southern (2014-18) 
Oskar Nordstrand, Nova Southeastern (2011-13) 
Marco Palacios, Florida Southern (2014-17) 
Victor Rocha Furtado, Florida Tech (2016-17) 
Luis Rojas, Florida Southern (2011-15) 

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Pair of Sharks Honored as Candidates for CSCAA Top-100 Greatest Swimmers & Divers

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America’s (CSCAA) announced the candidates for its centennial list of 100 Greatest Swimmers & Divers. Nine hundred and seventy-three (973) candidates, dating back over 100 years, were selected from 2,805 nominees. They will now go to a Blue-Ribbon Panel who will be charged with narrowing the selections to 100 men and 100 women. In total, 221 schools had at least one athlete named a finalist; of the nominees, 739 were swimmers and 234 were divers.  

Nova Southeastern Men’s Swimming had two former swimmers recognized as finalists for the honor, as both Anton Lobanov and Thiago Sickert were honored.  

Lobanov is one of the most decorated swimmers of all-time at Nova Southeastern, winning six individual national championships from 2014-2017. In 2014, Lobanov set the NCAA Division II and NSU record in the 100-yard breaststroke (51.63) and 200-yard breaststroke (1:51.71). Additionally in his freshman year, Anton earned SSC Men’s Freshman of the Year honors, 200/400 free relay All-American honors, and a 200-yard medley relay Honorable Mention. Lobanov followed up his excellent freshman year campaign with two more NCAA Division II National Championships in the 100/200-yard breaststroke, and earned five NCAA All-American honors.  

As a junior, Lobanov was named the Sunshine State Conference Swimmer and Overall Athlete of the Year, earning his fifth and sixth NCAA National Champion titles.  

Sickert swam alongside Lobanov from 2014-17, winning three NCAA National Championships in his career. In his first year at NSU, Thiago was named the SSC Men’s Swimmer of the Year, adding NCAA All-American honors in the 200-fly, 100-free, 200-free, 50-free, 800-free, and 400-freestyle. At the NCAA National Championship, Sickert won the 100 (43.18) and 200 (1:35.07) freestyle, while also racing in the 200-yard butterfly; third in the 50-yard freestyle; third in the 40-freestyle and third in the 800-yard freestyle. Sickert earned 18 individual wins in the 2014-15 season.  

In his junior year, Sickert claimed the NCAA Division II National Championship in the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.69) and helped guide the Sharks to a third-place finish as part of the 800-yard freestyle team. Sickert earned his second consecutive Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Year award, and eared SSC Male Swimmer of the Meet at the SSC Championships in addition to being named to the All-SSC First Team, while earning seven NCAA All-American honors.  

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NSU Men’s Swimming Earns the Win Over Lynn on Senior Day

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The NSU men’s swimming team celebrated its senior day with an solid 191-70 victory over the visiting Lynn Fighting Knights at the NSU Aquatic Center on Saturday morning. Prior to the meet, the Sharks celebrated their four seniors, Samuel Brettmann, Alec Dawson, Jake Gauvain and Jonathon Yanello.  
FINAL SCORES: Nova Southeastern Sharks (191), Lynn Fighting Knights (70)
LOCATION: NSU Aquatic Center | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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  • Caleb Fell kicked things off individually for the Sharks, taking first place in the 1,000 freestyle in 9:48.82.
  • Aimable earned the win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.30. He also went on to win the 100 butterfly in 49.19.
  • Alessandro Xella grabbed first place in the 200 butterfly with his time of 1:52.33.
  • Mueller cut through the water to win the 50 freestyle in 20.80.
  • Celebrating his senior day, Dawson captured the win in the 100 freestyle, posting an NCAA B-Cut time of 45.00.
  • Baxter had himself a day as he posted two NCAA B-Cuts, the first in the 200 backstroke, with a winning time of 1:48.24, before posting a 1:50.45 in the 200 IM, also winning the event.
  • Williamsson topped the competition in the 200 breaststroke, winning in 2:01.27.

The Sharks will host a championship-style three-day meet next weekend starting on Friday, Feb. 26. For more information and updates, be sure to check NSUSharks.com and follow the Sharks on social media.   
Follow along with live updates on Twitter by following @NSU_Swim.

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