NSU’s 10 seniors go out on top with a win over conference rival Moccasins
FORT LAUDERDALE – Despite the overcast afternoon, the final home meet of the 2016-17 season for the Nova Southeastern University men’s and women’s swim teams was a smashing success. Both the Sharks’ men and women defeated Florida Southern with the women posting a 155-107 win, while the men’s team picked up a 150-112 victory over the Mocs.
It was also a day of celebration and honor as NSU’s 10 seniors (Marco Aldabe, Georgina, Allin, Javier Caballero, Kelsey Muma, Brooke Munion, Andrew Pittman, Cheyenne Rodriguez, Thiago Sickert, Victor Tarin, Emma Wahlstrom) were recognized prior to the meet start by other members of the team with personal statements about the impact each had on the program and in the lives of others.
Throughout the entire meet, NSU stay well ahead of the opposition. In the end, the Sharks won a total of 21 of the 28 events to pull off the win.
Wahlstrom was a part of four winning events including solo victories in the women’s 100 free (51.16) and 200 free (1:51.03), both of which, were provisional qualifying times. She also swam the 400 medley relay (3:50.52) with Malin Westman, Courtney DeVeny and Sydney Panzarino to earn a provisional qualifying time and the 200 free relay to close out the meet with Caroline Oster, Panzarino and Jordan Shows to secure a victory at 1:37.42.
Madeline McCloskey also picked up a win for the women in the 1000 free with a time of 10:49.78, while Malin Westman earned provisional times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:04.40 and 2:18.49 respectively. Munion also added a dominated win in the 500 free with a time of 5:08.45, Panzarino won the 50 free at 24.08 and DeVeny won the women’s 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.40 to wrap up the women’s team results.
On the men’s side, Aldabe won both the men’s 200 individual medley (1:52.41) and was part of the 400 medley relay that included Sickert, Anton Lobanov, and Franco Lupoli which secured a winning time of 3:21.30. Lupoli and Lobanov each added a pair of wins in solo events. Lupoli won both the men’s 200 and 500 freestyles finishing with provisional times of 1:40.52 and 4:36.66 respectively, as did Lobanov in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at 55.55 and 201.18.
Sickert followed by winning the 100 freestyle at 45.90 and was part of the final 200 free relay team with Lobanov, Malique Elder and Lupoli that won with a time of 1:23.35. Blake Woodrow finished with a top time of 9:45.65 in the 1,000 freestyle, Elder won the 50 free with a time of 20.93 and Stephen Klein rounded out the men’s results with a provisional qualifying time of 1:51.14 in the men’s 200 butterfly.
The Sharks will be back in action in two weeks when they travel to West Palm Beach, Fla. to take on Keiser University at 2 p.m.