The recent Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte proved successful for members of the Queens University of Charlotte men’s and women’s swim teams.
A dozen Royals swimmers took part in the four-day meet May 14-17 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, with several advancing to the finals.
The most successful – swimming either under the Royals’ banner or SwimMAC Carolina – were Matthew Josa and newcomer Dion Dreesens of Belgium, who each made it into two ‘A’ finals.
Josa, twice named the NCAA Division II men’s Swimmer of the Year at the national championships, finished fifth in the men’s 100-meter butterfly, going against Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, and seventh in the 50-meter butterfly.
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Josa also finished eighth in the ‘B’ final of the 200-meter individual medley, fourth in the ‘D’ final of the 100-meter freestyle and swam legs on SwimMAC’s teams that finished second in the 400-meter medley relay and seventh in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
He also finished 38th in the 100-meter breaststroke, failing to make the evening’s finals.
Dreesens, who swam for the Belgian team in the 2012 London Olympics, had the best overall ‘A’ finals finishes among Queens’ swimmers. He was second in the men’s 200-meter freestyle behind Conor Dwyer and fifth in the 400-meter freestyle, won by Connor Jaeger.
Dreesens, who will swim for Queens next season, also swam the lead legs on SwimMAC’s relay teams that finished second in the 800-meter freestyle relay and third in the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Rostyslav Fedyna, a Ukranian swimmer who recently transferred from University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, finished fifth in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke ‘A’ final. He also won the ‘C’ final in the 100-meter breaststroke, and was sixth in the ‘B’ final in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Spain’s Patricia Castro-Ortega, the women’s most outstanding swimmer at the 2015 Division II nationals, finished eighth in the women’s 200-meter freestyle ‘A’ final. She also finished second in the ‘B’ final of the 200-meter individual medley, fifth in the ‘C’ final of the 200-meter butterfly, and swam legs on SwimMAC’s relay teams that finished second in the 800-meter freestyle relay and fourth in the 400-meter freestyle relay. She also finished 48th in the 100-meter freestyle.
Other results from Queens swimmers:
▪ Nic Eriksson finished second in the ‘B’ final of the men’s 50-meter breaststroke, seventh in the ‘B’ final of the 100-meter breaststroke, and fifth in the ‘D’ final of the 200-meter breaststroke. He also was 77th in the 50-meter freestyle.
▪ Nick Arakelian won the ‘C’ final in the men’s 200-meter individual medley, and finished fourth in the ‘C’ final of the 400-meter individual medley. He was 45th in the 400-meter freestyle, and 115th in the 200-meter freestyle.
▪ Hannah Peiffer was 43rd in the women’s 50-meter backstroke, 66th in the 100-meter backstroke, 45th in the 50-meter butterfly, 72nd in the 100-meter butterfly, and 71st in the 200-meter individual medley.
▪ John Suther finished 38th in the men’s 50-meter backstroke, 68th in the 100-meter backstroke, 59th in the 50-meter butterfly, and 106th in the 100-meter butterfly.
▪ Ben Taylor finished 76th in the men’s 100-meter freestyle, 100th in the 200-meter freestyle, tied for 52nd in the 100-meter backstroke, and 65th in the 200-meter individual medley.
▪ Felipe de Oliveira finished 67th in the men’s 100-meter backstroke, 70th in the 50-meter butterfly, and 107th in the 100-meter butterfly.
▪ Austin Sumrall finished 78th in the men’s 50-meter freestyle.
▪ Hayden Kosater finished 109th in the men’s 100-meter freestyle.
Two members of the women’s lacrosse team were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s NCAA Division II all-South Region team.
Senior attacker/midfielder Jena Ready and junior defender Bridgette Larranaga were named to the all-region third team, determined by a vote of coaches.
Ready and Larranaga played key roles in the Royals repeating as the SAC’s regular-season and tournament champions. Ready finished her career ranked second in career goals (156) and third in points (193), while Larranaga led a defense ranked 35th among D-II teams nationally in caused turnovers.
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