NCAA Division II Championships: Ann Carozza Smashes 200 Fly National Record; Queens Women Building Lead

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NCAA Division II Championships: Ann Carozza Smashes 200 Fly National Record; Queens Women Building Lead

At the NCAA Division II Championships in Greensboro, the Queens women have build a lead of greater than 90 points over top rival Drury in the quest for a seventh straight national title. During the third night of racing, Queens saw Danielle Melilli earn a national title in the 100 breaststroke while the team also notched a 2-3 finish in the 500 free before ending the night with a win in the 800 freestyle relay.

The 500 free was actually one of the top races of the day as Wingate’s Kate Agger used a phenomenal come-from-behind surge to claim the win, while the top women’s performance came from West Chester’s Ann Carozza, who took down the DII national record in the 200 butterfly.

2022 NCAA Division II Championship Links

Women’s  Team Scores

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 30                     
 
  1. Queens (Nc)                     405.5   2. Indy                              312
  3. Nova S'Eastern                  298.5   4. Drury                           261.5
  5. Colorado Mesa                     168   6. West Chester                      164
  7. Lindenwood                        149   8. Simon Fraser                      133
  9. Carson-Newman                     114  10. Tampa                             111
 11. Wingate                            96  12. West Florida                       83
 13. Nmu                                82  14. Lynn                               80
 15. Delta State                        75  16. Wayne State                        57
 17. Msu Mankato                        54  18. Iup                                50
 19. Saint Leo                          37  20. McKendree                          32
 21. Florida Tech                       30  22. St Cloud St                        22
 23. Azusa Pacific                      18  24. Florida Southern                   17
 25. Rollins                          16.5  26. Grand Valley                       15
 26. Augustana                          15  28. Umsl                               14
 29. Mines                               5  29. Henderson St.                       5
 29. Saginaw Valley State Univ           5  32. Clarion University                  4
 33. Umary                               3  34. Gannon                              1
 34. Sioux Falls                         1

Women’s 500 Freestyle

Queens sophomore Sophie Lange took over the lead from Wingate senior Kate Agger just after the 300-yard mark of the 500 free final, and Lange extended the lead to more than six tenths with 50 yards to go. But Agger had another gear left, and she dropped from 29.54 to 27.59 on the final 50, out-splitting Lange by a large margin. That allowed Agger to get to the wall in 4:48.02, two hundredths ahead of Lange in 4:48.10.Another Queens swimmer, Monica Gumina, finished well back in third in 4:51.07.

Event 21  Women 500 Yard Freestyle
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     NCAA DII: N 4:39.28  3/11/2016 Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
         Meet: M 4:39.28  3/11/2016 Patri Castro Ortega, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Agger, Kate            SR Wingate           4:51.51    4:48.02   20  
    r:+0.74  26.21        54.62 (28.41)
        1:23.58 (28.96)     1:52.77 (29.19)
        2:22.05 (29.28)     2:51.62 (29.57)
        3:21.20 (29.58)     3:50.89 (29.69)
        4:20.43 (29.54)     4:48.02 (27.59)
  2 Lange, Sophie          SO Queens (NC)       4:51.72    4:48.10   17  
    r:+0.62  26.36        54.79 (28.43)
        1:23.91 (29.12)     1:52.96 (29.05)
        2:22.31 (29.35)     2:51.65 (29.34)
        3:20.83 (29.18)     3:50.42 (29.59)
        4:19.80 (29.38)     4:48.10 (28.30)
  3 Gumina, Monica         JR Queens (NC)       4:52.06    4:51.07   16  
    r:+0.75  25.45        53.72 (28.27)
        1:22.31 (28.59)     1:51.60 (29.29)
        2:20.97 (29.37)     2:50.54 (29.57)
        3:20.56 (30.02)     3:51.03 (30.47)
        4:21.47 (30.44)     4:51.07 (29.60)
  4 Amorim, Marina         JR Drury             4:53.90    4:52.83   15  
    r:+0.81  27.19        56.16 (28.97)
        1:25.56 (29.40)     1:55.20 (29.64)
        2:24.74 (29.54)     2:54.50 (29.76)
        3:24.03 (29.53)     3:53.68 (29.65)
        4:23.54 (29.86)     4:52.83 (29.29)
  5 Fox, Jordan            JR Wayne State       4:55.35    4:53.70   14  
    r:+0.81  26.50        55.68 (29.18)
        1:25.17 (29.49)     1:55.36 (30.19)
        2:25.48 (30.12)     2:55.57 (30.09)
        3:25.47 (29.90)     3:55.17 (29.70)
        4:24.92 (29.75)     4:53.70 (28.78)
  6 Weber, Allison         SR Drury             4:54.31    4:55.12   13  
    r:+0.69  26.94        55.81 (28.87)
        1:25.38 (29.57)     1:55.13 (29.75)
        2:25.01 (29.88)     2:55.04 (30.03)
        3:25.34 (30.30)     3:55.68 (30.34)
        4:26.00 (30.32)     4:55.12 (29.12)
  7 Goldthorpe, Megan      SR Tampa             4:55.10    4:56.03   12  
    r:+0.43  27.28        56.56 (29.28)
        1:26.05 (29.49)     1:55.86 (29.81)
        2:25.95 (30.09)     2:55.97 (30.02)
        3:26.26 (30.29)     3:56.37 (30.11)
        4:26.46 (30.09)     4:56.03 (29.57)
  8 Matoskova, Katerina    SO Colorado Mesa     4:55.15    4:56.18   11  
    r:+0.87  26.84        55.88 (29.04)
        1:25.60 (29.72)     1:55.53 (29.93)
        2:25.81 (30.28)     2:56.04 (30.23)
        3:26.39 (30.35)     3:56.90 (30.51)
        4:27.10 (30.20)     4:56.18 (29.08)

Women’s 100 Backstroke

Nova Southeastern’s Cassie Wright was in a tight battle with teammate Celina Marquez and Drury’s Laura Pareja at the halfway point of the 100 back final, but Wright was not to be denied coming home. Wright finished in 52.48 to capture the NCAA title, while Marquez and Pareja both finished in 53.05 to tie for second place.

Event 23  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
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     NCAA DII: N 52.07  3/14/2019 Polina Lapshina, Queens (NC)
         Meet: M 52.07  3/14/2019 Polina Lapshina, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Wright, Cassie         5Y Nova S'eastern      53.11      52.48   20  
    r:+0.75  25.74        52.48 (26.74)
  2 Pareja, Laura          SR Drury               53.38      53.05   16.5
    r:+0.66  25.61        53.05 (27.44)
  2 Marquez, Celina        SR Nova S'eastern      53.18      53.05   16.5
    r:+0.63  25.85        53.05 (27.20)
  4 White, Lauren          JR Colorado Mesa       54.06      53.90   15  
    r:+0.77  26.18        53.90 (27.72)
  5 McCoy, Katie           SR Indy                54.01      54.15   14  
    r:+0.64  26.56        54.15 (27.59)
  6 Maznytska, Vladyslava  5Y Queens (NC)         54.57      54.74   13  
    r:+0.72  26.06        54.74 (28.68)
  7 Marks, Stephanie       SO Lindenwood          55.12      54.92   12  
    r:+0.74  26.48        54.92 (28.44)
  8 Daka, Anett            SO Saint Leo           55.16      55.67   11  
    r:+0.71  26.64        55.67 (29.03)

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

Queens captured its first event victory of the night as Danielle Melilli held off a furious final surge from Indy’s Marizel Van Jaarsveld to win the 100 breast by two tenths. Melilli touched in 1:00.11, just ahead of Van Jaarsveld’s 1:00.32. That brought Queens’ lead in the team competition to 70 points after it was just 30 at the beginning of the night. Third went to Nova Southeastern’s Savanna Best in 1:00.96.

Event 25  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
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     NCAA DII: N 59.51  3/10/2017 Theresa Michalak, West Florida
         Meet: M 59.51  3/10/2017 Theresa Michalak, West Florida
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Melilli, Danielle      JR Queens (NC)       1:00.94    1:00.11   20  
    r:+0.70  27.97      1:00.11 (32.14)
  2 Van Jaarsveld, Marize  5Y Indy              1:01.33    1:00.32   17  
    r:+0.63  28.41      1:00.32 (31.91)
  3 Best, Savanna          SR Nova S'eastern    1:01.51    1:00.96   16  
    r:+0.73  28.53      1:00.96 (32.43)
  4 Morgan, Kailee         JR Carson-Newman     1:01.86    1:01.14   15  
    r:+0.76  29.13      1:01.14 (32.01)
  5 Mikesell, Claire       5Y IUP               1:01.54    1:01.30   14  
    r:+0.61  28.65      1:01.30 (32.65)
  6 Roth, Isabelle         FR Simon Fraser      1:01.87    1:01.74   13  
    r:+0.75  29.16      1:01.74 (32.58)
  7 Konstapel, Zara        JR UMSL              1:02.06    1:01.91   12  
    r:+0.73  28.80      1:01.91 (33.11)
  8 Borgenheimer, Lily     SR Colorado Mesa     1:01.95    1:02.18   11  
    r:+0.72  29.28      1:02.18 (32.90)

Women’s 200 Butterfly

One day after West Chester’s Ann Carozza broke the 100 fly national record in prelims but finished second with a slower performance in the final, Carozza saved her best performance for the big moment. She finished just two tenths off the national record in prelims, and in the final, she was well behind Lynn’s Luca Mertins in the early portion of the race, only to catch her rival at the halfway point and then pull away. Carozza finished in 1:55.98, crushing the NCAA Division II record of 1:56.89 set by Queens’ Mckenzie Stevens in 2018.

Mertins took second in 1:57.79, while Drury’s Rafaela Raurich took third in 1:58.98.

Event 27  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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     NCAA DII: N 1:56.89  3/16/2018 Mckenzie Stevens, Queens (NC)
         Meet: M 1:56.89  3/16/2018 McKenzie Stevens, Queens (NC)
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Carozza, Ann           SR West Chester      1:57.07    1:55.98N  20  
    r:+0.78  26.40        55.24 (28.84)
        1:25.14 (29.90)     1:55.98 (30.84)
  2 Mertins, Luna          SO Lynn              1:57.91    1:57.79   17  
    r:+0.72  25.69        55.26 (29.57)
        1:25.76 (30.50)     1:57.79 (32.03)
  3 Raurich, Rafaela       FR Drury             1:59.66    1:58.98   16  
    r:+0.70  26.61        56.46 (29.85)
        1:27.00 (30.54)     1:58.98 (31.98)
  4 Turner, Celeste        SR Delta State       2:00.78    1:59.26   15  
    r:+0.64  26.39        56.54 (30.15)
        1:27.60 (31.06)     1:59.26 (31.66)
  5 Maslova, Aleksandra    SR Nova S'eastern    1:58.59    1:59.45   14  
    r:+0.73  25.37        55.15 (29.78)
        1:26.60 (31.45)     1:59.45 (32.85)
  6 Jensen, Cecilie        5Y Carson-Newman     2:00.83    1:59.93   13  
    r:+0.73  27.37        57.71 (30.34)
        1:28.32 (30.61)     1:59.93 (31.61)
  7 Mikesell, Paige        SR IUP               1:59.27    2:00.61   12  
    r:+0.70  26.66        57.22 (30.56)
        1:28.80 (31.58)     2:00.61 (31.81)
  8 Sherwood, Courtney     SR Tampa             1:59.44    2:01.59   11  
    r:+0.69  26.82        57.58 (30.76)
        1:29.34 (31.76)     2:01.59 (32.25)

Women’s 800 Freestyle Relay

Queens built its lead to 93.5 points after its win in the 800 free relay, the first relay win of the meet for the six-time defending national champs. The Royals team of Monica GuminaTova AnderssonGiulia Grasso and Caroline Lawrence took the win in 7:18.68, about 2.3 seconds off their season-best time, but it was plenty to hold off second-place West Chester by a second-and-a-half.

West Chester’s Ann CarozzaMckenzie HemingwayMikayla Niness and Keeley Durkin placed second in 7:20.07, and Colorado Mesa’s foursome of Kelsea WrightLauren WhiteLily Borgenheimer and Katarina Matoskova finished third in 7:21.12.

Event 30  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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     NCAA DII: N 7:12.96  2/10/2016 Queens (NC)
                          Castro Ortega, Arakelian, Lorda, Stevens
         Meet: M 7:14.69  3/13/2015 Queens (NC)
                          Castro Ortega, Gordy, Stevens, Arakelian
    School                                 Seed     Finals Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Queens (NC)                         7:16.31    7:18.68   40  
     1) Gumina, Monica JR             2) r:0.52 Andersson, Tova FR    
     3) r:0.38 Grasso, Giulia JR      4) r:0.47 Lawrence, Caroline FR 
    r:+0.73  24.27        51.59 (51.59)
      1:19.51 (1:19.51)   1:48.07 (1:48.07)
        2:12.30 (24.23)     2:39.61 (51.54)
      3:08.50 (1:20.43)   3:38.05 (1:49.98)
                            4:30.91 (52.86)
      4:59.39 (1:21.34)   5:27.89 (1:49.84)
        5:53.06 (25.17)     6:20.71 (52.82)
      6:49.60 (1:21.71)   7:18.68 (1:50.79)
  2 West Chester                        7:24.01    7:20.07   34  
     1) Carozza, Ann SR               2) r:0.20 Hemingway, Mckenzie SO
     3) r:0.27 Niness, Mikayla SO     4) r:0.23 Durkin, Keeley SO     
    r:+0.79  25.72        53.16 (53.16)
      1:20.77 (1:20.77)   1:48.58 (1:48.58)
        2:14.23 (25.65)     2:42.56 (53.98)
      3:11.29 (1:22.71)   3:40.18 (1:51.60)
        4:05.39 (25.21)     4:33.66 (53.48)
      5:02.57 (1:22.39)   5:31.28 (1:51.10)
        5:56.04 (24.76)     6:23.48 (52.20)
      6:51.66 (1:20.38)   7:20.07 (1:48.79)
  3 Colorado Mesa                       7:20.44    7:21.12   32  
     1) Wright, Kelsea SR             2) r:0.28 White, Lauren JR      
     3) r:0.40 Borgenheimer, Lily SR  4) r:0.78 Matoskova, Katerina SO
    r:+0.70  25.39        52.64 (52.64)
      1:20.82 (1:20.82)   1:49.74 (1:49.74)
        2:14.51 (24.77)     2:42.36 (52.62)
      3:10.98 (1:21.24)   3:39.16 (1:49.42)
        4:04.74 (25.58)     4:32.77 (53.61)
      5:01.45 (1:22.29)   5:30.64 (1:51.48)
        5:55.96 (25.32)     6:23.64 (53.00)
      6:52.43 (1:21.79)   7:21.12 (1:50.48)
  4 Simon Fraser                        7:29.09    7:22.35   30  
     1) Loewen, Kennedy SR            2) r:0.31 Meklensek, Tori FR    
     3) r:0.46 Sharkey, Kaleigh JR    4) r:0.45 Roth, Isabelle FR     
    r:+0.64  25.51        53.64 (53.64)
      1:22.35 (1:22.35)   1:50.78 (1:50.78)
        2:15.82 (25.04)     2:43.42 (52.64)
      3:12.04 (1:21.26)   3:40.50 (1:49.72)
                            4:34.07 (53.57)
      5:02.33 (1:21.83)   5:29.86 (1:49.36)
        5:54.97 (25.11)     6:23.12 (53.26)
      6:52.56 (1:22.70)   7:22.35 (1:52.49)
  5 Lindenwood                          7:25.40    7:23.44   28  
     1) Mensah, Joselle FR            2) r:0.27 Hellenschmidt, Jana JR
     3) r:0.26 Kasse, Shelby JR       4) r:0.46 Maruszczyk, Beata SO  
    r:+0.77  25.09        52.88 (52.88)
      1:21.90 (1:21.90)   1:51.29 (1:51.29)
        2:16.96 (25.67)     2:45.15 (53.86)
      3:13.80 (1:22.51)   3:42.12 (1:50.83)
        4:07.77 (25.65)     4:35.90 (53.78)
      5:04.58 (1:22.46)   5:33.65 (1:51.53)
        5:59.03 (25.38)     6:26.71 (53.06)
      6:55.07 (1:21.42)   7:23.44 (1:49.79)
  6 Drury                               7:23.40    7:23.49   26  
     1) Reinertsen, Karianne SR       2) r:0.49 Amorim, Marina JR     
     3) r:0.20 Raurich, Rafaela FR    4) r:0.14 Andrade, Fernanda FR  
    r:+0.77  25.90        53.90 (53.90)
      1:22.57 (1:22.57)   1:51.98 (1:51.98)
        2:17.58 (25.60)     2:45.30 (53.32)
      3:14.15 (1:22.17)   3:43.18 (1:51.20)
        4:08.58 (25.40)     4:36.17 (52.99)
      5:04.77 (1:21.59)   5:33.45 (1:50.27)
        5:58.70 (25.25)     6:26.05 (52.60)
      6:54.17 (1:20.72)   7:23.49 (1:50.04)
  7 Indy                                7:25.15    7:24.31   24  
     1) Traustadottir, Binna SO       2) r:0.36 Van Jaarsveld, izel 5Y
     3) r:0.26 McCoy, Katie SR        4) r:0.12 Caylor, Krystal 5Y    
    r:+0.75  26.20        54.38 (54.38)
      1:23.34 (1:23.34)   1:52.19 (1:52.19)
        2:17.50 (25.31)     2:45.78 (53.59)
      3:15.32 (1:23.13)   3:43.74 (1:51.55)
        4:09.70 (25.96)     4:37.84 (54.10)
      5:06.68 (1:22.94)   5:35.83 (1:52.09)
        6:00.41 (24.58)     6:28.12 (52.29)
      6:56.07 (1:20.24)   7:24.31 (1:48.48)
  8 NMU                                 7:27.08    7:26.37   22  
     1) Nelson, Michaela JR           2) r:0.39 Hannig, Donna FR      
     3) r:0.24 Joerger, Jenna JR      4) r:0.32 Perello Ferrer,ilar JR
    r:+0.65  25.78        53.85 (53.85)
      1:22.14 (1:22.14)   1:50.95 (1:50.95)
        2:16.56 (25.61)     2:45.19 (54.24)
      3:14.21 (1:23.26)   3:42.89 (1:51.94)
        4:07.96 (25.07)     4:35.97 (53.08)
      5:04.85 (1:21.96)   5:34.36 (1:51.47)
        5:59.67 (25.31)     6:27.92 (53.56)
      6:57.29 (1:22.93)   7:26.37 (1:52.01)