DU Men & Women Take Leads Into Final Night

Denison senior Jack Lindell {left}; Denison senior Carolyn Kane {right}
Denison senior Jack Lindell {left}; Denison senior Carolyn Kane {right}

The Denison men and women both hold the top spot in their respective team standings following day three of competition at the 2017 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships, held at DU's own Trumbull Aquatics Center. The Big Red men won all seven events on Friday night and have compiled 1,299 points over the first three days of action, while the DU women won five events on night three to sit atop the team standings with 1,433 points. (PHOTOS -- VIDEO)  

Kenyon continues to sit in second in the men's standings with 1,145 points, followed by DePauw (776.5), Wabash (616), Wooster (587), Ohio Wesleyan (452), Allegheny (371.5), Oberlin (317), Wittenberg (290) and Hiram (143). Kenyon remains in second in the women's competition with 1,213 points, followed by DePauw (782), Wooster (660.5), Oberlin (561), Allegheny (469), Ohio Wesleyan (443), Wittenberg (376.5) and Hiram (230). 

Night three opened with an tight race in the women's 200 medley relay that saw Denison narrowly edge Kenyon for the Big Red's second-straight league title in the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:43.16. In the first individual event of the night, DePauw senior Angela Newlon (O'Fallon, IL/O'Fallon Twp.) notched her first-career NCAC title in the 400 IM and her fourth individual event title overall with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:26.27. In the 100 fly, Denison senior Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) won her second event of the 2017 meet and her third-straight conference title in the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.63, making her just the second women's swimmer in NCAC history to earn three-straight titles in the event. Denison's Olivia Zaleski last accomplished the feat from 2008-10. The Kenyon Ladies momentarily went ahead of DU in the team standings after notching a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 freestyle, led by sophomore Sophia Kuvan (Encinitas, CA/Winter Park) picking up her first-career NCAC individual event title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:51.17. While Kuvan took home the conference crown in the 200 free, sophomore Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) eclipsed the conference record in the event during her morning prelim swim with a time of 1:48.71. DU rookie KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight School of MN) joined Kane as a double winner at this year's championship meet in an individual event after reaching the wall first in the 100 breast with yet another NCAA "B" cut time of 1:02.86. Another freshman topped the podium for the Big Red in the women's 100 back as Casey Kirby (Long Grove, IL/Stevenson) outreached the competition with an NCAA "B" cut time of 56.67. The night concluded with Denison freshman Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) completing the clean sweep of the diving competitions at her first conference meet with an NCAA regional-qualifying score of 465.05.  

In the men's competition, Denison opened its night by notching the program's fifth-straight conference crown in the men's 200 medley relay in an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:30.14. After becoming the first male swimmer in league history to sweep the individual medley events in 2016, Denison senior Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) once again accomplished the feat this winter after posting an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:56.35 in the finals on Friday night. The Big Red men kept their momentum going in the 100 fly as sophomore Kenny Fox (Juneau, AK/Thunder Mountain) out raced the field with a winning time of 49.42, which was his first-career NCAC title and the lone NCAA "B" cut posted in the final heat. DU then snapped Kenyon's two-year hold on the title in the men's 200 freestyle with sophomore Walt Dauksher (Fort Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge) winning the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:39.45. In the 100 breaststroke, Big Red sophomore Tiernan Foster-Smith (Edina, MN/The Blake School) collected his first-career NCAC individual event title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.62, while the Big Red capped off their perfect night in the pool with junior Jason Wesseling (Hudsonville, MI/Jenison) winning his second-straight conference title in the 100 back with an NCAA "B" cut time of 49.20. 

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

Check out video highlights and complete coverage of day three 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.