Monica Amaral and Theresa Michalak claimed NSISC records in the 1-meter dive and in the 100 Fly on the second day of the NSISC Championships in Cleveland, Mississippi. The 10th-ranked University of West Florida swimming and diving team stands in third place with 417 points after two days of action, behind No. 8 Lindenwood, with 521.5 points, and No. 3 Delta State, with 455.5.
The Argonauts set five school records and two NSISC records on the night, and UWF’s time in the 200 Free Relay to start the evening session is the fourth-fastest in Division II this year.
“It was a great day,” UWF swimming and diving coach Andrew Hancock said. “We knew these might not be our strongest events, and we got through them and our team swam tremendously well. They’re swimming strong so far, and they’re giving two of the best teams in the country all they’ve got.
Reigning DII national champion Monica Amaral competed in the first of her two diving events for the week and did not disappoint. The Rio de Janiero, Brazil, native scored a 546.85 in the 1-meter event, pacing the field by nearly 130 points over 11 dives. That point total is a program and NSISC record, and it is the highest score in any college division this year.
Michalak continued her winning ways on Thursday night, with an NSISC record in the 100 Fly at 53.27. On top of the conference and school record she set in the pool, Michalak now holds the crown for most NSISC Individual Championships in program history, with six. Michalak’s time is the second-fastest in DII this year.
Madeline Pitt also found her way onto the podium on Thursday night, setting a school record in the 400 IM and finishing in second place in the event at 4:22.64. It was the junior’s second medal in two days at the meet, and she also swam the fastest 100 Fly leg of the 400 Medley Relay at the end of the night to pick up a third medal. Pitt, a native of Trussville, Alabama, recorded the ninth-fastest time in DII this year in the 400 IM.
“Maddie is a coach’s dream,” Hancock said. “Everything she’s doing this week is exactly what she deserves. She’s making adjustments, she’s learning, she’s racing strong, and we think she’s maybe got some of her better events coming up. She’s been an absolute star for our program.”
The night was bookended by the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Medley Relay, in which UWF finished second and third, respectively. The team of Danica Burnett, Michalak, Taby Read-Cayton and Mariana de Paula took second in the night’s opening swim and the group set a school record with a 1:32.82. Michalak (22.21) and Read-Cayton (23.02) were each the fastest in their legs of the race, and UWF was out-touched by Lindenwood by just .04 seconds at the end.
West Florida took bronze to finish up the night in the 400 Medley Relay, coming in at 3:48.02.
The meet continues on Friday, with the 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly and 800 Free Relay. Prelims are scheduled for 10 am and the finals session, featuring a live video broadcast, will begin at 5 pm. Live video and scoring links can be found at GoArgos.com.