DU Men & Women Maintain Leads After Night Two

Denison freshman KT Kustritz {left}; DePauw senior Brandon Sholtis {right}
Denison freshman KT Kustritz {left}; DePauw senior Brandon Sholtis {right}

The Denison men and women continue to lead the pack after the second full day of competition at the 2017 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. The Big Red women won two individual events and both relays on night two to sit in first place with 712 points, while the men's squad also took home four total titles to lead the standings with 665 points after night two. (PHOTOS -- VIDEO)  

The Kenyon Ladies, who won the remaining women's event on Thursday night, sit in second with 625 points, followed by DePauw (411), Wooster (328), Oberlin (273), Ohio Wesleyan (219), Allegheny (208), Wittenberg (207) and Hiram (150). In the men's competition, Kenyon and DePauw each won an event on Thursday and sit in second (625) and third (437.5), respectively, followed by Wooster (308), Wabash (288), Ohio Wesleyan (240), Oberlin (224), Allegheny (171.5), Wittenberg (160) and Hiram (92). 

The DU women opened night two with the program's 10th-straight league title in the 200 free relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:34.47.  In the first individual event of the night, Kenyon sophomore Marysol Arce (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) topped the field in the 500 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:51.47 for her second career NCAC title in an individual event. Denison first-year standout KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight School of MN) picked up her first-career NCAC title in an individual event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:04.31 in the 200 IM. In the final women's individual event of the night, Big Red senior Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) topped the podium in an individual event for the fourth time in her career after winning the 50 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 23.59. The DU women rounded out night two with its second-straight conference title in the 400 medley with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:45.86. 

In the men's competition, the Big Red returned to the top of the podium in the 200 free relay for the first time since 2014 with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:21.40. Kenyon took home the clean sweep in the 500 freestyle events after freshman Connor Rumpit (Brookfield, WI/Central) reached the wall first in the men's finals with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:29.17. In the men's 200 IM, Denison senior Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) successfully defended his conference crown in the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.83.  History was made in the men's 50 free as DePauw senior Brandon Sholtis (Evansville, IN/Francis J Reitz) became just the second men's swimmer in program history to win an NCAC individual title after touching the wall first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 20.65. The final individual event of the evening saw Denison senior Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) post the Big Red's seventh-straight league title in the men's one-meter diving competition with an NCAA regional-qualifying score of 535.20. Denison capped off the second night of competition with the program's second-straight league title in the 400 medley relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:18.23.

Visit the championship website for complete results from day two: (NCAC Championship Site) 

Check out video highlights and complete coverage of day two HERE.

The 2017 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.