Athletics Highlight | Swimming and Diving (March 2016)
NSU's swimming and diving program continues to grow after another successful competition at the 2016 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. The Sharks won three national titles and earned 21 All-American honors.
"The characteristics that made the most difference this year was the integrity that each swimmer exhibited at the NCAA Championships," said head coach Hollie Bonewit-Cron. "There was a sense of willingness to compete to everyone's potential for the team. I am very proud of how this team performed from start to finish. We certainly had our hiccups, but this team was able to rebound quickly. There is no doubt that walking away with a trophy was on the minds of all of our athletes and there is no doubt that the push from every athlete is what made our success."
The men's team took a leap from seventh overall in 2015 to claiming fourth place at this year's championship. The women came in 11th overall and their performance was highlighted by Emma Wahlstrom's third-place finish in 200-yard freestyle.
Sophomore Anton Lobanov led the way for the men's team, defending his 2015 national titles in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke. Thiago Sickert also performed well winning the 200-yard butterfly and earning a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.
As a whole, the team set eight new program records across a multitude of events. The relays had an especially strong showing with the men taking third and setting school records in the 200- and 400-yard medley relays and placing third in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The women's record came from Malin Westman who took fourth in the 100-breast with a time of 1:01.79.
"Nova Southeastern swimming has quickly evolved in the six short years that it has been in existence," Bonewit-Cron said. "From the early years, we have had NCAA qualifiers who set the tradition of swimming fast on the national level. Ever since then, we have continued to build this program around talent, character, and work ethic."
To recap, the Sharks won the following NCAA National Championship titles:
Anton Lobanov – 100-yard breaststroke (51.94)
Anton Lobanov – 200-yard breaststroke (1:53.29)
Thiago Sickert – 200-yard butterfly (1:44.69)
The team as a whole had a very strong showing receiving a combined 48 All-American and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Below is a complete list of all the athletes who earned these honors.
The Sharks will only lose three seniors with two on the men's side and one on the women's. This puts NSU in a unique position to continue to succeed and surpass the team's accomplishments this year. The veteran swimmers will be able to lead the way into the 2016-2017 season, for which training has already begun in preparation for the regular season in September and the 2017 NCAA National Championship.
"The future of NSU Swimming will not only have a championship foundation, but a solid direction of achieving the goals and expectations created by a winning culture," said Bonewit-Cron.