23 Sep

Michalak and Amaral Win National Championships on Day 2 of NCAA Meet

first_imgReigning National Diver of the Year Monica Amaral claimed the 1-meter title for the second time and picked up her fifth career All-America nod. She had a five-point cushion over the field going into finals on Thursday evening, and she never trailed. The Brazilian national finished the event with a 478.25. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Madeline Pitt also made quite a contribution on Thursday, finishing 12th in the 400 IM to claim honorable mention All-American honors. With their efforts on Thursday, Pitt and de Paula now rank fourth in All-America finishes in UWF history, with six apiece. Michalak claimed her second national championship of the week after winning the 50 Free on Wednesday. With her performance in the 100 Fly and the 200 Free Relay on Thursday, she also climbed into second place on UWF’s all-time list of All-America finishes, with 11. She will have the opportunity to add to that total on Friday and Saturday, as she is scheduled for the 100 Breast and 100 Free. “Today was a surprise,” Michalak said of the win. “As I saw that I was ahead of (Drury’s Bailee Nunn), and that I could beat her, I put everything into it. I didn’t even think anymore, I didn’t feel anything, I just wanted to win.” “I’m delighted, I’m really, really pleased,” head coach Andrew Hancock said. “We knew Theresa was in for a tough event, but we also know what she’s capable of, and we came up with a great plan for her. She did a great job of executing exactly what she needed to do.” Michalak blew away the field in the 100 Fly, making her mark as the only swimmer in the field to go under 25 seconds in the first 50 yards, and the only one to break 28 seconds on the final 50-yard stretch. She recorded a 53.34 on Thursday morning to qualify second in the race, and ended the night with a win by nearly a full second. “I came with a better mindset and was more confident,” Amaral said. “This year I thought, ‘You’ve worked for it. Just go do your thing.'” The evening started with a fifth-place finish for UWF in the 200 Free Relay, marking the fifth time in program history that a relay team has earned All-America status. The team of Michalak, Danica Burnett, Taby Read-Cayton and Mariana de Paula clocked a 1:32.88, finishing just .06 seconds off the school record pace that the same crew set last month at the NSISC Championships. Michalak posted a 22.25 in her 50-yard leg to open the race, which would have set a national record if not for Nunn clocking a 22.20.center_img Amaral never trailed in the 1-meter, and needed just 20 points on her final dive to take the national championship. She is just the 10th female diver to repeat as the national champion in the 1-meter. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Thursday marked two of the greatest achievements in the history of the University of West Florida swimming and diving program. Theresa Michalak set a national record in the 100 Fly (52.33) and took her second national championship of the week, and Monica Amaral claimed the 1-meter diving crown for the second consecutive year. Each member of the pair now has three national championships in their careers. Day 3 of the meet continues on Friday, with prelims at 10:30 a.m. and a finals session at 6 p.m. The 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly and 800 Free Relay are on tap for the day. “It was kind of the Monica show,” UWF diving coach Barbara Parker said. “I love to watch Monica dive, everyone loves to watch her dive, and she’s got so much grace and poise. And she’s one of those people who shows the grace and athleticism in combination.” Mariah Constantakos scored a 304.50 in the 1-meter diving preliminary session on Thursday and will be back in the fold on Saturday for the 3-meter event. After two days of competition, UWF stands in 13th place with 94 points. DAY 2 RESULTSlast_img

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