St Lucia’s Jordan Augier had the perfect ending to his NCAA Division 2 career when he won his very last collegiate race with his teammates from the University of Tampa.
Heading into the final Championships the Spartans had a 400 yard freestyle freestyle school record of 2:54.73At the 2015 Nationals Tampa had won Silver in a time of 2:55.11. In 2016 the returning Spartan team of Martin Hammer, Augier, Khalid Aldaboos and Jeremy Parker would not be denied. They made clear from the morning preliminaries that nothing else but the Gold medal would acceptable on March 12, the final day of the Championships. They grabbed the top spot, lane 4 with their combined time of 2:54.43. That was just off the Championship record of 2:54.37 set by the 2014 Drury team of Daniel Rzadkowski, Samuel Olson, Albert Lloyd, Nick McCarthy. Augier’s split on the second leg was 43.37. In the championship final the Spartans lowered their individual splits lead swimmer Martin Hammer dropped from 44.00 to 43.75. Augier lowered his split from 43.37 to 43.32 .Khalid Aldaboos dropped from 44.19 to 44.19 and anchorman Jeremy Parker moved from 42.87 to 42.82 .The total team effort was 2:54.07 a new school ,Championship and Division 2 record.
Earlier in the meet Augier earned a second swim in the 100 yard freestyle when he stopped the clock in 44.23 (split time 20.91) .In the consolation final he was just off that time finishing 7th with a time of 44.23. In the 100 yard backstroke he placed 21st overall with a time of 49.68 (split time 23.68).Fellow Spartan Suriname’s Wayne Denswil was 52nd in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 46.17 (split time 22.94).
The Spartans finished the 2016 competition with 192 points. Queens University of Charlotte topped the men’s competition with 449 points