NCAA Round Up

PATTY NARDOZZI

2021 NCAA Championships Round-up

By Joe Finke

The last of the NCAA Championship meets for 2021 has concluded. Three SPA members competed in the NCAA Div. II, NCAA Div. I Women’s, and NCAA Div. I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, one member at each meet. Notes: All relays and the 1650 Freestyle were run as timed finals. All other events are run as prelims/finals with the top 8 out of prelims going into the championship final and 9th - 16th going into consolation finals. All swimmers in the championship final are awarded All-American status and all swimmers in consolation finals are awarded Honorable Mention All-American status.

2021 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships:

SPA member Rusty Jerger competed in the championship meet for Queen’s University of Charlotte where he is a freshman. Jerger swam in the 100 Butterfly finishing 22nd with a time of 0:48.27. He had been seeded 32nd and improved 10 places. Rusty also swam prelims and finals in the 200 Butterfly finishing 16th with a time of 1:48.65. Queen’s won the overall championship.

2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships:

The Division I Women’s Championship meet was held March 17th – 20th in Greensboro, North Carolina. Peyton Palsha, SPA member and senior with the University of Arkansas, swam in the 500 Freestyle and the final heat of the1650 Freestyle events. In the 500 Freestyle prelims, Palsha placed 17th with a time of4:43.18. In the 1650 Freestyle she placed 12th in a time of 16:09.26. Arkansas finished 27th out of 38 teams.

2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships:

A week after the women’s championship meet, the Division I Men’s Championships convened I Greensboro. Swimming in four events was SPA member and University of Florida Junior Robert (Bobby) Finke. First Finke anchored the 4 th place 800 Freestyle Relay. He then swam the 500 Freestyle (prelims/finals) finishing 6th in a time of 4:11.11. Next was the 400 Individual Medley (prelims/finals) which he won with a time of 3:36.90. On the last day of the meet Finke won the 1650 Freestyle in 14:12.52. Florida finished 3rd in the meet.

You can watch Finke’s 400IM here:

https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/bobby-finke-runs-down-foster-with-23-8-final-50-to-win-400-im-ncaa-title-for-gators/

and his 1650 Free here:

https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/bobby-finke-rattles-own-american-record-with-yet-another-1412-1650-freestyle/