January 29, 2018
For the third time this season, the Queens University of
Charlotte swimming program earned both Bluegrass Mountain
Conference weekly awards. Josefina
Lorda-Taylor was honored as the Women's Swimmer of the
Week, while Marius Kusch was
selected as the Men's Swimmer of the Week as announced on
The Royals men and women both competed in the South Carolina College Invitational hosted by University of South Carolina and each finished second among five teams in attendance. Queens swam against NCAA Division I programs South Carolina, East Carolina University and UNC Wilmington as well as fellow Bluegrass Mountain Conference member Wingate University in the meet.
The Gamecocks are currently ranked No. 25 in the latest CSCAA-TYR Division I Men's Swimming Poll, while Wingate is the 14th-ranked men's program in Division II. Wingate is also the 14th-ranked women's program in Division II.
Kusch, a junior from Kassel, Germany, won three individual races during the two-day event and was a member of two relay team victories.
The first win of the weekend for Kusch came in the 200-yard I.M. with a time of 1:47.77. He followed that performance with a time of 1:46.07.07 in the 200-yard Butterfly to defeat South Carolina's Fynn Miuth by more than two seconds. Kusch also took gold in the 200-yard Freestyle with a mark of 1:37.11.
On day one, 400-yard Medley Relay team of Paul Pijulet, Nicholas Arakelian, Kusch and Ben Mayes reached the wall in 3:14.75, to take gold by nearly five seconds over a relay team from South Carolina. Kusch, Alen Mosic, Mayes and Pijulet also teamed together in the 400-yard Freestyle, finishing in 2:58.19, nearly five second ahead of the second place team from Wingate.
Lorda-Taylor, a junior from La Pampa, Argentina, won the 500-yard Freestyle race on day one, turning in a time of 4:57.36. She also earned points for Queens with a fourth place finish in the 200-yard Freestyle, and was a member of the 400-yard Freestyle Relay Team that collected a Top 5 finish on day two.
The Royals have just over two weeks to prepare for their next competition as the team looks to defend its reign as Bluegrass Mountain Conference Champions on February 14-17 in Charlotte, N.C. at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. Queens has won the last three BMC Championships en route to three consecutive NCAA Division II National Championships.