DSU swimmers set records
by Andy Collier
Dec 17, 2013 | 800 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta State University Christmas Swimming Invitational turned out to be special for the DSU Lady Statesmen, especially for freshman swimmer Anastasia Klyarovskaya here Monday night at the Delta State Aquatic Center.

Klyarovskaya set an NCAA Division II record in the 200-yard backstroke by winning the event with a time of 1:56.44.

“It’s pretty cool,” Delta State University head swimming coach Dan’l Murray said about the record. “At the end of the day, it didn’t really hit most of the people until she got out of the realized that she had not only gotten her A-cut but also the national record. I know she’s excited. She’s got some big goals and lofty goals and that’s a big step for her.”

Klyarovskaya also won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:03.88 on Monday.

During the three-day event, Klyarovskya set six school records and helped lead the Lady Statesmen to a first place finish in the meet as a team with 898.5 points to finish ahead of second place Lindenwood 833.5.

Klyarovskaya also finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (56.12) and the 100-yard backstroke (54.93) on Sunday. Klyarovskaya’s time in the 100-yard butterfly also set a school record. She was also part of four relay teams that set schools. Klyarovskaya, Erin Newman, Chloe Bennett and Hannah Core took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a school record time of 1:35.67, and Klyarovskaya, Kirsten Stroven, Danelle Dugas and Bennett took first in the 200-yard medley relay race with a record time of 1:44.04 on Saturday. On Sunday, Klyarovskaya, Dani Meerholz, Maria Torres and Melanie Tombers won the 800-yard freestyle relay (7:30.73) with a school record time of 1:44.04, and Klyarovskaya, Core, Bennett and Tombers set the school record in the 400-yard relay (3:30.27) to finish second in the event Monday.

Tombers, a freshman, also had a great showing for the Lady Statesmen over the three-day event. Tombers set school records in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.95), the 400-yard individual medley (4:19.72), the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.06) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.06). Tombers took first place in the meet in all four of those events.

“This whole freshman class has been very impressive on the women’s side," Murray said. "Melanie and Anastasia, talking with both of them, they’ve both got goals that they want to accomplish individually but they want to impact this team and this university. They’ve bought into what we’re doing.”

Freshman Kim Barna also set a DSU record in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:14.16. Barna finished third in the event.

“The athletes that we have on this team are not only talented, but they are hard working as well,” Murray said. “They’re very coachable and this weekend showcased what they’ve really put together.

In the men’s division, DSU finished second as a team in the event with 726 points.

Yvan Nys set a school record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:46.63 finishing first in the event on Monday. Nys also won the 100-yard backstroke (49.70) on Sunday. In the three day event for DSU, Vlad Zinca won the 100-yard butterfly (48.62) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.69), and Matthew Swaine won the 1-meter dive with a score of 476.60.

DSU’s relay team of Yvan Nys, Toby Tombers, Zinca and Bear Iles took first in the 100-yard medley relay with a time of 1:31.02 on Saturday.