Tritons near top at NJCAA swim

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swimming teams had a strong first two days of the NJCAA national tournament.

The Triton men (245) are tied for second with Southwestern Oregon, while Indian River State College is leading the pack with 669 points.

The women (241.5) are third. South Georgia (287) is second and Indian River State College (574) is the front runner.

The Tritons combined for 11 top-five finishes and four runner-up showings.

The men’s 200 freestyle relay quartet of Keagan Wilson, Badr Benassila, Nicholas Brunelli and Lucas Wittmann were second in 1:25.36.

The men’s quartet of Devon Anderson, Dylan Van Pletzen, Wittmann and Wilson were runners up in the 400 relay (3:27.27).

The women’s 200 medley relay of Jordyn DuBois, AnnMarie Spiker, Kailie Valentine and Lexi Quigley were also second in 1:53.20.

The women’s 400 relay quartet of Sandra Alonso Rivas, Spiker Valentine and Jana Burner were runners up in a time of 4:03.86.

Spiker had a top-five in the 50 breaststroke in a time of 30.95, for third.

The women’s 200 freestyle relay team of Burner, Valentine, Grace Nordquist and Alonso Rivas were third in 1:40.57.

Placing third for the Triton men were Marko Dominovic, Collison Hylton, Blau Keagen and Jakub Murici in the 200 medley relay (1:36.24).

Wittmann was third in the 100 butterfly (50) and Austin Monette-Waters was fourth in the 400 IM (4:15.78).

Lexi Quigley was fifth in the 50 breaststroke (32.58) and Valentine was fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.35).

Finishing sixth for the men were Van Pletzen (50 freestyle), Van Pletzen (200 IM) and Isaac Sauer (50 backstroke).

Monette-Waters was seventh in the 200 IM, Wittman and Wilson were seventh and eigth respectively in the 50 freestyle. Wilson was also eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Nordquist was sixth in the 1000 freestyle and seventh in the 100 butterfly, Burner was seventh in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 50 freestyle.

Samantha Mathis was ninth in the 1000 butterfly.

Finishing 10th for the Tritons were Kate Kokemiller (50 breaststroke), Spiker (200 IM) and DuBois (400 IM).

Action will continue today with prelims at 9:30 a.m. and finals to start at 5:30 p.m. The same schedule will be held on Saturday.