Marius Kusch - Photo Courtesy: Queens Athletics
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announces the following award recipients from the 2017 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.
The CSCAA DII Female Diver of the Year Award was presented to Monica Amaral from the University of West Florida helping her team to a 6th place finish, matching their placing from 2016. The DII Male diver of the year was Brad Dalrymple from Grand Valley State University. Dalrymple finished first on 3-meter diving with a score of 513.70 and was runner-up in 1-meter diving on helping the Lakers finish 5th in the team standings. Amaral swept both boards winning the 3-Meter competition with a score of 505.20 and scored 478.25 on the 1-Meter board.
Grand Valley State diving coach, Steve Burciaga earned his second straight CSCAA DII Men’s Diving Coach of the Year honor after mentoring Brad Dalrymple to an NCAA Championship on 3-Meter. Kelly LaCroix from Wayne State University was named the CSCAA DII Women’s Team Diving Coach of the year for the third time in five years.
After setting records in three individual awards and winning a fourth, the University of West Florida’s Theresa Michalakwas named the CSCAA DII NCAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year. Michalak won all four of the 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast, and 100 fly with new records in the 100 free, 100 breast, and 100 fly. Michalak was also key to the performances of UWF’s 200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free relays.
Marius Kusch, from Queens University of Charlotte, was named the CSCAA DII Male Swimmer of the Year after winning 3 individual events and leading his team to their third NCAA DII Championship. Kusch established a new DII record in the 200 Butterfly (1:42.04) and was a contributed to three new NCAA DII Relay Records in the 400 Freestyle, 400 Medley and 800 Freestyle Relays.
Brian Reynolds of Drury University won the CSCAA DII Women’s Team Coach of the Year after leading his team to a second place finish. This is Reynolds fourth CSCAA Women’s Coach of the Year honor.
Queens University head coach Jeff Dugdale was named the CSCAA DII Men’s Team Coach of the Year after leading his team to a third consecutive first place finish. Dugdale’s men’s and women’s teams have established the gold standard in DII for the past three years. Dugdale was honored as the CSCAA DII coach of the year for both men and women in 2015.
Press release courtesy of CSCAA