Kusch Wins BMC Swimmer of the Year '17

 CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Queens University of Charlotte's Marius Kusch of the men's swimming team has been voted Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year, announced today by the league. The winner is determined by a vote conducted by the league's head coaches.
"Marius has had a tremendous impact in his first season of competition at Queens," said Queens Head Coach Jeff Dugdale. "He started competing at the semester after a stellar performance at the World Championships in Canada. The coaches of the BMC recognized his impact in the water and presence in the water. Marius continues to lead in the class room as well as a business major. He is focused on excellence in both academics and athletics and truly differentiates himself in the pool. I look forward to seeing his progression at the global level this summer as he preps for the World Championship trials. It is great to be a Royal!"
Kusch performed exceptionally well at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships this year to help the Royals three-peat as national champions. He returned from the championships a three-time national champion, finishing first in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly. Kusch's time of 1:42.04 in the 200 butterfly was a new national record. He was also part of the 400 and 800 freestyle relays that set new national records. Additionally, Kusch earned all-American honors in seven events.
Prior to nationals, Kusch was a Bluegrass Mountain Conference Champion in seven events. He was also named InterCon Student-Athlete of the Month twice while also earning Bluegrass Mountain Conference and College Swimming National Division II Swimmer of the Week honors.