DII NCAA Championships Blog - Day Two

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created March 15th, 2012 08:39:05 AM

Modified March 15th, 2012 08:39:05 AM

2012  NCAA Division II Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Championships - Day Two

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Day 2-
Today kicked off the first day of competition in Mansfield, and Jackie and I both started with the 200 IM. It was such a great success! Jackie went a best time in prelims by over a second, and I went a best time as well by half a second. Both of us ended up in the top 8 for finals (Jackie 6th, me 7th) which was a huge surprise! With the 200 being my first event ever at nationals, I was only hoping for a top 16 if anything. Coming out of prelims seated seventh for finals was completely unexpected and really cool.
Finals was a blast as well. Even though I pretty much held the same time as my morning swim and finished 8th in the heat, it was still such a rush to be in that top 8 final. Jackie did amazing tonight, dropping another full second off of her best time and getting 5th place. She also smashed my record today by around 2 and a half seconds to get her name on our record board once more. Congrats to Jackie! Our team couldn't be more proud of you!
Swimming so well in my first event and being seated in the top 8 made me think about how thankful I am for everything I have with IUP. In high school I was always under the impression that I would go nowhere with my swimming in college if I did not swim division 1, and I was seriously mistaken. Choosing IUP gave me the chance to work with two awesome coaches (Chris Villa and Marlee Morden), swim along side of great team mates, and it gave me a new perspective on swimming that is so much more relaxed and fun. I honestly do not think I could have been this successful anywhere else, and I am very grateful for what I have been blessed with in my college swimming career. I can't wait to see what I can do the rest of the week.
Tomorrow, I swim the 400 IM. Jackie is swimming the 100 fly, and Steve is making his NCAA debut with the 100 fly as well. Should be a great day for all three of us. Good luck to everyone swimming tomorrow and for the rest of the week!



Read about day one here