Swimming and Diving Excels At 2019 NCAA Nationals

Swimming and Diving Excels At 2019 NCAA Nationals

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Polar Bears left Greensboro with two top-20 teams. The women placed 12th with 112 points, nearly doubling their psych sheet projection of 59 points. The men scored 38 points to finish 19th. 

Meet Highlights

  • The final morning of Nationals began with another school record. Mary Laurita touched in 51.70, lowering Sterling Dixon's school record of 51.87, to touch 26th overall. 
  • The women's 400 freestyle relay of Laurita, Marshall Lowery, Dixon, and Amanda Banasiak entered the meet as the 18th seed. In prelims the team destroyed the school record of 3:27.83, touching in 3:26.51. That time earned eighth place and a spot in the Championship final. 
  • In finals the quartet slashed another 1.2 seconds off the record, touching in 3:25.30, fifth in the country for All-American honors.
  • Mary Laurita led off in a 51.64, lowering her own hours-old school mark. 
  • The men's 400 freestyle relay of Karl Sarier, Ted Mebust, Julian Abaldo, and Andrew Macdonald raced to a 3:03.06 in prelims. That time finished 14th and earned them a lane in the consolation final. At night the quartet moved up to 13th, touching in 3:02.34.
  • On Saturday afternoon senior Mitchell Ryan scored 519.80 points on the three meter board to return to finals in fifth place. At night, he scored 495.95 points, including executing the dive with the highest degree of difficulty in the entire meet. That score earned him eighth place and All-American honors. 
  • Lowery finished 24th in the 200 back in 2:04.35. 
  • Sarier touched 19th in the 100 free with a 45.04.