Greensboro, N.C. – The NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving Championships were held over the weekend at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference served as the host for the 527 participants (479 swimmers and 48 divers).
Entering the weekend, Slugs' Junior Ivan Garin had an opportunity for 3 top-ten finishes as he had qualified with the 6th fastest time in the 100 Meter Butterfly as well as top 25 times in the 50 Meter Free and 100 Meter Free.
Day one consisted of the 50 Meter Free prelims. Garin got out slow but finished with a strong final 25 Meters posting a 20.66, just missing the Finals by 0.16 seconds. He officially finished in 23rd.
Day two Garin competed in his best event, the 100 Meter Butterfly. His qualifying time of 48.61 gave him a chance for a top-3 finish. Garin hit the wall in position for to qualify for the finals, but slowed down the stretch finishing with a time of 49.14 missing the cut by 0.01 seconds and finishing in 17th.
After a day off, Saturday Garin again was back in the pool competing in the 100 Metter Free prelims. While slow off the blocks he recovered with a very strong last 50 meters finishing with a time of 45.54. His time was good for 27th.
Overall, Garin finished the 2016 NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving Championships with 3 top-30 finishes against the best in the nation including a 17th in the 100 Fly.
However, Garin did more than just swim while in Greensboro. He took the most of this opportunity and found time to volunteer with the Special Olympics to conduct a clinic for swimmers as well as swam in a Unified Relay consisting of 2 Olympian and 2 NCAA Swimmers.
It was a great opportunity for the junior swimmer," stated Assistant Coach Matthew Nauman. "Ivan will only continue to improve and build on his success here at the NCAAs."