The Lewis University men’s swimming team won the two-day Carthage College Classic, scoring 1536 points for the first-place finish out of six teams on Saturday (Dec. 1).
Again the Flyers had a big day, breaking more three Lewis school records and achieving four more NCAA ‘B’ cut times.
“As grueling as the two days of competition were,” Lewis head men’s swimming coach Roger Karns said. “I was pleased to see the team put the fatigue aside and step up on the second day as school records continued to fall and we recorded a number of new NCAA "B" cuts.”
In the 200-yard medley relay, Bryan Wiener (Mundelein, Ill.), Zach Ballon (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek), Alex Elston (Algonquin, Ill./Algonquin) and Brett Busch (East Moline, Ill./United Township) finished first with a time of 1:33.76 which broke the Lewis school record of 1:35.63 set by Michael Lapustin, Matt Petrizzo, Jervgenijis Pesins and Josh Rogers on Feb. 11, 2004.
Wiener also achieved NCAA ‘B’ cut when he posted a time of 21.06 in the 50-yard freestyle. He broke his own record of 49.79 set yesterday (Nov. 30) in the 100-yard backstroke with a first-place time of 49.29.
Ballon won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:09.63, which broke Arty Czarboski’s time of 2:11.41 set on Feb. 12, 2011.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Derick Carlson (Norridge, Ill./St. Patrick) won the event with a time of 1:43.89. He achieved NCAA ‘B’ cut time with his preliminary race time of 1:42.74.
Brandon Drogemuller’s (Hollister, Calif./San Benito) first-place time of 15:55.51 in the 1650-yard freestyle also achieved NCAA ‘B’ cut status.
The Flyers jump back into the pool on Jan. 12, 2013 when the squad travels back to Kenosha, Wis., to take on Carthage College.
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