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IRSC Swim Win 2018

Indian River Extends National Winning Streak
to 44 Consecutive Wins 

Steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Indian River State College Swimming and Diving team as they laid claim to two new national titles at the Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce on Saturday, March 10.

The IRSC swim team celebrated extending their record-breaking winning streak with 44 consecutive Men’s swimming titles and 36 consecutive and 40 overall wins for the Women’s team. This incredible winning streak continues the longest unbroken U.S. championship winning streak in any sport at the collegiate level.

In addition to securing their National Title wins, individual members of the IRSC Swim team were able to break three standing national records during the meet.

Sule Van Der Merwe of the IRSC Women’s Swim team won the 1000-yard freestyle race breaking the NJCAA record Wednesday, March 7 at the meet. Van Der Merwe’s time of 10:03.51 broke the previous record, held by Tamara Miler from Monroe Community College, by more than a full second. The record was originally set in 2016.

On Friday at the meet Ryen Van Wyk of the IRSC Men’s Swim Team broke the National Record in the Men's 100 Individual Medley with the time of 50.02 and Sophia Diagne of the IRSC Women’s team broke the NJCAA National Record in the 100 Individual Medley coming in at 56.26.

In addition to these record breaking accomplishments, Chastity Haxton was recognized as the 2018 NJCAA Women’s Diver of the year, and Gavrilo Blijden was recognized as the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Co-Diver of the Year sharing the honor with Logan Santiago of Lincoln Junior College. Sophia Diagne was recognized as the NJCCAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year and Ryen Van Wykk was recognized as the 2018 NJCAA Men’s Swimmer of the Year.

IRSC Head Swim Coach Sion Brinn tied with South Georgia State College’s C.M. Jenkins to be recognized as the 2018 NJCAA Women’s Swim Coach of the year at the meet.

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