Athens, Ga. (TheCCSA.com) – The Incarnate Word Men's Swimming and Diving team was named the 2018 CCSA Swimming and Diving Champion with 849 total points on Saturday after the last four days of competition.
Old Dominion finished the championship in second place with 705, while Gardner-Webb took third with 646.50 points. Florida Atlantic tabbed fourth with 506.50 points, NJIT finished fifth with 206 points. Howard finished sixth with 198 points, while Mount St. Mary's finished seventh with 174 points, respectively.
Ethan Apisa from Old Dominion took the first and longest race of the day in the 1,650 free with a meet record time of 15:24.78. Incarnate Word's Kyrylo Shvets finished in second with a time of 15:35.71, and Florida Atlantic's Will Smith finished in 15:36.94 for third place. In the 200-yard backstroke, Incarnate Word's Aaron Moran took the top spot in 1:46.67, and fellow Cardinal Vlad Chumak finished second in 1:46.70. Old Dominion's Anton Mikealsson took third in 1:47.37.
Howard's first trip to the top of the podium happened in the 100-yard freestyle by Sidrell Williams with his time of 44.61. Parker Harp finished second with a time of 44.91, and Gardner-Webb's Zach Dingfield finished third with a time of 44.95. Nick Wukovits from Old Dominion finished first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:56.64. Incarnate Word's Sasha Karpenko grabbed second in 1:56.68 and Jordan Mintz finished third with a time of 2:00.09.
Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz of Incarnate Word tabbed first with a time of 1:47.33 in the 200 butterfly. His teammate Beau Fusilier took second with a time of 1:48.54, followed by Cullen Fields from Gardner-Webb who took third with a time of 1:49.06. Gardner-Webb claimed first place in the lone relay, the 400 free, with a time of 2:58.99. The A-relay team was made up of Eli Coan, Seggio Bernandina, Justin Conklin and Zach Dingfield.
Old Dominion's Parker Harp took home Men's Most Outstanding Freshman Performer of the Championship award, while Incarnate Word's Dawson Martinez took home the Men's Most Outstanding Diver of the Championship. Fellow Cardinal Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz took home the Swimmer of the Championship award.
Both Carol Withus of Old Dominion and NJIT's Michael Lawson were named the 2017-18 CCSA Men's Swimming Coaches of the Year, while Incarnate Word's Tommy Law was voted the 2017-18 CCSA Men's Diving Coach of the Year.
The entirety of the meet's results over four days can be found here.