D2 Swimming & Diving – Drury ‘three-sweeps’!
SAN ANTONIO - Mission accomplished. The “three-sweep” is complete.
A year ago in Canton, Ohio, Drury became the first school in NCAA-II history to sweep the men’s and women’s national championships in swimming and diving in consecutive years.
Now, after yet another dominating performance by the DU men and a solid four days of work by the DU women, make that three years in a row.
The Drury men captured their seventh consecutive national D-II title and the DU women their third straight and fourth in the past five years on Saturday night at the Palo Alto Natatorium.
For the men, it was virtually no contest after the first couple of days of the four-day competition, as they took a 205-point lead into Saturday’s final night and coasted, finishing with a total of 600 points to easily out-distance runner-up UC-San Diego (345). Wayne State was third with 295, followed by Grand Canyon (292.5) and Wingate (252) to round out the top five.
The Drury women, however, had some work done on Saturday. Wayne State gained major ground with its showing in diving – which the Panthers had no competitors – and made a race of it, before DU pulled away behind some solid showings all night and a victory in the meet-closing 400 Free Relay – in national record time – to seal the deal.
Drury finished with 483.5 points to outdistance runner-up Wayne State (388). UC-San Diego finished third with 338, followed by Clarion (272) and Ashland (240) to round out the women’s top five.
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