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This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Final

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Final
 
WAC SWIMMERS AND DIVER SET TO COMPETE IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Five Grand Canyon swimmers and one UNLV diver are set to compete in the NCAA Division I Championships, which will be held March 27-30 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
 
The two Grand Canyon individual swimmers competing are Mark Nikolaev and Daniil Antipov. They will be joined by Asahi Nagahata, Bogdan Plavin, and Florent Janin to compete in the relays. Tazman Abramowicz will compete in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
 
Antipov, a senior from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, will be racing in the 100 and 200 butterfly. Antipov won the 100 butterfly in a time of 46.11 seconds at the WAC Swim and Dive Championships. In the 200 butterfly, he broke the championship record finishing in a time of 1:42.55.
 
He improved his previously set record of 1:42.60 in the 2018 WAC Championships. Antipov ranks No. 42 in the 100 butterfly and No. 32 in the 200 headed into the NCAA Championships.
 
Nikolaev, a senior from Seltso, Russia, is set to compete in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Nikolaev won the 100 backstroke at the WAC Championships clocking in at 44.91. He also won the 200 backstroke in 1:41.29. Nikolaev checks into the NCAA Championships ranked second in the 100 backstroke and No. 22 in the 200 backstroke.
 
Antipov and Nikolaev will team up with Plavin and Janin to compete in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays while Antipov, Janin, Nagahata, and Nikolaev make up the 400 medley relay. The Lopes won the 200 freestyle relay at the WAC Championships in 1:18.17. They also set a new meet record in the relay and reached NCAA A cut time in 1:17.21 in time trials. GCU won the 400 medley relay at the WAC Championships posting a 3:09.39. Grand Canyon heads to the NCAA Championships ranked No. 17 in the 200 freestyle relay, No. 25 in the 400 freestyle, and No. 29 in the 400 medley.
 
Abramowicz earned a spot in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives after taking fifth at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships. He will compete in the 1-meter on Thursday and 3-meter on Friday.
 
Evening final sessions Wednesday through Saturday will be live streamed through ESPN3. Preliminary events will be available to watch through live streaming at texassports.com.
 
NIKOLAEV EARNS FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
On the second day of the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, the Western Athletic Conference had one All-American performance. Mark Nikolaev from Grand Canyon received First-Team All-American recognition in the 100 backstroke event for the first time in his career.
 
Nikolaev, a senior from Seltso, Russia, went into the championship ranked second nationally. In the preliminaries, Nikolaev finished in fifth with a time of 44.91 to qualify for the championship final. He improved his time in the finals to 44.33 seconds to finish third. Nikolaev earned a spot on the First-Team All-American with his performance.
 
Nikolaev is the first GCU man to be named an All-American First-Team selection since the Lopes have been Division I.
 
CSCAA FALL 2018 SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America has announced 713 teams that earned the distinction of Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2018 semester. The teams represent 460 institutions and 16,502 student-athletes from across all NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA Divisions.
 
To earn the honors, teams must post a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the Fall Semester and maintain a roster of 12 or more student-athletes.
Grand Canyon was recognized as the top Division I men's program for the second year in a row with a GPA of 3.68.
 
The following are the men's Western Athletic Conference honorees:
Air Force (3.08)
California Baptist (3.29)
Grand Canyon (3.68)
Seattle U (3.20)
Wyoming (3.16)
 
The following are the women's Western Athletic Conference honorees:
California Baptist (3.48)
CSU Bakersfield (3.05)
Grand Canyon (3.68)
Idaho (3.62)
NM State (3.45)
Northern Arizona (3.49)
Northern Colorado (3.40)
Seattle U (3.57)