The Kenyon Lords and Ladies lead the 2018 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships after the first night of competition on Wednesday night at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. The Ladies accumulated 70 total points after winning the 800 free relay with an NCAC-record time of 7:24.71, while the Lords sit in first place with 151 points thanks in part to a first-place finish in the diving well and a second-place showing in the 800 free relay.
Denison is second overall in the women's standings after night one with 62 points, followed by DePauw (60), Wooster (58), Allegheny (56), Oberlin (54), Wittenberg (52), Ohio Wesleyan (50) and Hiram (48). On the men's side, Allegheny sits in second with 103 points, followed by DePauw (90), Wabash (89), Ohio Wesleyan (82), Denison (70), Wooster (56), Oberlin (52), Wittenberg (48) and Hiram (44).
The 2018 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships opened up on Wednesday evening with a pair of conference records falling in the 800 free relay. On the men's side, the Denison team of freshman Drake Horton (Madison, WI/James Madison Memorial), junior Ryan Stevenson (Madeira, OH/Madeira), sophomore Matt McHugh (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's Belfield) and senior Zach Wagner (Seattle, WA/Lakeside) reached the wall first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 6:33.03, which was three seconds faster than their seed time and one second better than the previous NCAC record of 6:34.29 set by a Stevenson-led Denison team just one year ago. In women's action, the Kenyon Ladies team of junior Abby Wilson (Westerville, OH/Columbus Acad.), freshman Myanna Cook (Geneva, IL/Batavia), freshman Claire Murray (Iowa City, IA/West) and junior Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) also surpassed the NCAA "B" cut standard with a winning time of 7:24.71. Their time was two seconds faster than the NCAC's previous meet record of 7:26.31 set in 2016 by another Kenyon Ladies team that included Wilson and Orbach-Mandel.
In the diving well on Wednesday night, Kenyon junior Ryder Sammons (Kent, CT/Kent) logged a 60.0 on his final dive of the night on the three-meter board to edge out Wabash junior Aaron Embree (Springville, IL/Bedford North Lawrence) for the league title by a 456.30-444.50 margin. Sammons not only helped the Lords elevate into the top spot in the team standings after night one, but he also became the first Lords' diver to win a diving event at the NCAC Championships since Derek Zurn swept both boards in 1997. Finally, DePauw senior Eric Addy (Grosse Pointe, MI/South) rounded out the list of All-NCAC performers in the men's three-meter competition by finishing third overall with 364.00 points.
Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (NCAC Championship Site)
The 2018 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.