FLUSHING, N.Y. – Already with two school records to his name, junior Jordan Melidor-Fuxis broke Queens College program records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes over the weekend at the Ranger Invitational.
Melidor-Fuxis clocked 54.30 and 2:01.24 to win both events. In the 100-meter race, Melidor-Fuxis held tough over second-place Michael Ma, who was swimming for host Drew University. He outpaced Ma by three-tenths of a second over each length to win by a narrow margin. The Knights junior from Jackson Heights, N.Y., then returned later in the day to obliterate the field over 200 meters, setting his school-record time of 2:01.24 a few strides ahead of his nearest competitor. His two performances edged out previous record-holder Kristopher Sweetman ('13), who posted times of 55.74 in the 100-meter fly and 2:01.92 in the 200-meter event.
Melidor-Fuxis already holds the Queens College individual record in the 100-meter butterfly, 51.66 seconds, which was set earlier in 2016. He also swam a leg on the Knights' record-holding 200-meter medley relay in 2012.
Melidor-Fuxis' next chance at a school record comes on January 12 in the Knights' dual meet against William Patterson. The first swim at Fitzgerald Gymnasium is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.