Lynchburg, Va. (TheCCSA.com) – The Incarnate Word Men's Swimming and Diving secured the 2019 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championship with 1,053.50 total points on Saturday after four days of competition. This was the Cardinals second straight CCSA title.
Florida Atlantic finished the championship in second-place with 796.5, while Old Dominion took third at 698 points. Gardner-Webb tabbed fourth with 570.50 points and NJIT finished fifth with 373 points. Mount St. Mary's finished in sixth with 277 points, while Howard finished seventh at 248.5 points, respectively.
Sergio Duran Mata from Incarnate Word took the first and longest race of the day, the 1,650 free, with a conference record time of 15:19.61. Florida Atlantic's Josh Fountain finished in second with a NCAA B-cut time of 15:23.58. Fellow Owl Will Smith swam a time of 15:32.11 for his second consecutive third-place finish at the CCSA Championship in the 1,650. The 200-yard backstroke saw a repeat champion from last year, with Incarnate Word's Aaron Moran taking the top spot at 1:46.50, and fellow Cardinal Vlad Chumak finished second in 1:47.17, also for the second year in a row. Gardner-Webb's Tim Bennett took third with a final time of 1:48.28.
Incarnate Word continued their strong night with a win in the 100-yard freestyle, led by Carter Wallace with his time of 44.71. Noah Wilkins from Old Dominion finished second at 45.11, and Cardinal Beau Fusilier finished in third-place after a 45.18 swim. Oleksandr Karpenko then won the title for Incarnate Word in the 200 breaststroke with a finish of 1:59.42. Mt. Saint Mary's Will Twizell grabbed second in 2:01.74, and Cardinal Clayton Taylor finished third with a time of 2:03.37.
Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz of Incarnate Word tabbed first for the third straight year in the 200 butterfly at a time of 1:45.62. A couple more Cardinals followed with Jared Wallace at second in 1:48.76, followed by Bryce Kuchan to round out the top three with a time of 1:50.47. Incarnate Word ended the meet in first-place in the lone relay, the 400 free, with a time of 2:59.47. The team was made up of Carter Wallace, Beau Fusilier, Vlad Chumak and Aaron Moran.
Gardner-Webb's Tim Bennett 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 for the second straight year. Fellow Cardinal Hector Ruvalcaba Cruz took home the Swimmer of the Championship award, also for the second time in as many years.
Incarnate Word's Phillip Davis were named the 2018-19 CCSA Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, while the Cardinals' Tommy Law was voted the 2018-19 CCSA Men's Diving Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
The entirety of the meet's results over the last four days can be found here.