The Indian River State College (IRSC) Swimming and Diving Team took possession of two new national titles, earned four individual recognitions, and broke five national records—including the men’s 800 freestyle relay win—during the 2022 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Swimming and Diving National Championships at the Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex on the IRSC Massey Campus in Fort Pierce March 2 through March 5.
The Men’s team earned 1406 team points and the Women’s team earned 1413.5 team points to secure their record-setting titles. This unrivaled performance extends the longest unbroken U.S. championship-winning streak in any sport at the collegiate level to 48 consecutive Men’s swim titles and 41 consecutive Women’s swim titles (44 overall women’s titles).
“Our student-athletes performance in the pool and on the diving-board was incredible,” shares Scott Kimmelman, IRSC Athletics Director. “Their exemplary effort demonstrates the commitment and passion of swimmers here at ‘The River’ and we are so proud of their accomplishments.”
Records set and individual and coach awards earned:
New National Records: Gina Miller, 1000 Freestyle, 9:56:27 Gina Miller, 500 Freestyle, 4:52:29 William Beckstead-Holman, 50 Backstroke, 22.13 William Beckstead-Holman, 100 Backstroke, 47.39 Indian River State College, 800 Freestyle Relay, 6:29.76 IRSC Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay Team: Luke Altmann, Caleb Brandon, William Beckstead-Holman, and John Zeiger
Individual Awards: Madison Price, NJCAA Female Diver of the Year Gina Miller, NJCAA Female Swimmer of the Year Sam Hlavachek, NJCAA Male Diver of the Year William Beckstead-Holman, NJCAA Male Swimmer of the Year Sion Brinn, IRSC Head Swim Coach, NJCAA Women’s Swim Coach of the Year
At the meet, IRSC alumna Tayla Lovemore was named as the newest NJCAA Hall of Fame inductee. She graduated from IRSC in 2016 and was the 2016 NJCAA Women’s Swimmer of the year. Lovemore continues to swim internationally for South Africa and professionally as a part of the International Swimming League. As an athlete, she supported the efforts of all her teammates, competitors, and coaches with outstanding sportsmanship.
The NJCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships will return to IRSC in 2024.