INDIANAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, sophomore backstroke swimmers Brandon Dyck and Matias Lopez earned All-American awards in the 200-backstroke, and Matthew Holmes picked up another individual All-American award too on the final day of the 2019 NCAA Division II National Swimming & Diving Championships. The Moccasins then closed things out with senior Nico Campbell, junior Talor Hamilton, sophomore Carlos Bernotti and Holmes collecting relay All-American awards in the 400-freestyle event.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Dyck and Lopez each posted their best times of the season in the morning prelims, with Dyck reaching the championship final and Lopez missing that race by just 0.26 seconds but still qualifying for the consolation final. Once there, Lopez finished 11th overall in 1:45.26, and Dyck was eighth in 1:45.66. That gave Dyck a First Team All-American certificate one night after he was honorable mention in the 100-back, a reversal of his awards in 2018 when he was First Team in the 100, and honorable mention in the 200. Lopez, meanwhile, is an All-American in the 200-back for the second time after earning honorable mention honors this year. The Moccasins have now had at least one All-American in the 200-backstroke 10 years in a row. Grand Valley State's Harry Shalamon won the 200-back in 1:42.46.
- Holmes finished 14th in the 200-breaststroke, picking up an honorable mention All-American award in a time of 2:00.77. That gave him three individual awards at the meet following his silver medal in the 200-IM and gold medal in the 400-IM. The gold medal in the 200-breast went to another swimmer from the Sunshine State Conference, Saint Leo junior Henrik Dahrendorff in 1:56.09.
- The Moccasins did not have any swimmers in the 1,650-freestyle, but had Campbell in the 100-free. He posted a time of 44.78 seconds but did not advance past the morning prelims. Winning the 1650-free was sophomore Adam Rosipal of Indianapolis, and taking the 100-free was senior Marius Kusch of Queens (NC). Kusch set a new NCAA Division II record by winning the 100-free in 41.73 seconds while winning his fourth gold medal of the meet (200-IM, 100-fly, 100-back, and 100-free). He set D-II record in the last three of those events.
- In the final event of the meet, the Moccasins placed 12th in the 400-freestyle relay with Campbell, Hamilton, Bernotti, and Holmes swimming the consolation finals in 2:59.62. It gave Florida Southern All-American status in four of the five relays this season, with Campbell and Holmes on three of those teams. Campbell anchored the 200-freestyle and 800-freestyle before swimming leadoff in Saturday night's 400-free. Holmes anchored the 400-medley and 400-freestyle and led off the 800-free. Hamilton, and Bernotti were on two of the All-American relay teams. Queens won the 400-freestyle relay to complete a sweep of the meet's five relay races.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Queens won the Division II National Championship for the fifth year in a row, scoring 606 points to Delta State's 364½. Indianapolis remained third with 305 points, Wayne State (MI) held on to fourth with 238½, and Grand Valley State also held position in fifth with 222 points. Nova Southeastern started a run of four consecutive Sunshine State Conference teams by placing 12th with 158 points followed by Florida Tech in 13th (156½), Florida Southern in 14th (127½), and Tampa in 15th (99). A total of 31 teams scored points.