The Denison men maintained their lead, while the Kenyon Ladies leaped over DU in the women's team standings following day three of competition at the 2018 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships, held at DU's Trumbull Aquatics Center. The Big Red men won five of the seven events contested on Friday night and have now compiled 1,284.5 points over the first three days of action, while the Kenyon Ladies won four total events on the night and hold an 81-point lead over Denison for the top spot in the team standings with 1,252 points.
The Kenyon men added just one conference title on Friday night, but the Lords continued to post several top-five finishes and are just six points behind Denison in the team standings with 1,278.5 total points. DePauw currently sits in third in the men's standings with 752.5 points, followed by Wabash (716), Wooster (526), Ohio Wesleyan (499), Allegheny (386), Oberlin (268), Wittenberg (250.5) and Hiram (161). On the women's side, Denison won two events on Friday evening and sits in second with 1,171 points, followed by Wooster in third (737.5), DePauw (714.5), Allegheny (596), Ohio Wesleyan (520), Oberlin (381), Wittenberg (320) and Hiram (216).
Night three opened with the Denison men topping the field in the 200 medley relay for the sixth year in row with an NCAA "B" cut and pool-record time of 1:29.15. In the first individual event of the night, Denison junior Matthew Hedman (Anoka, MN/Anoka) broke both the NCAC and pool records in the men's 400 IM with a winning time of 3:54.00. The Big Red made it three-for-three in event titles on Friday night in the next race as sophomore Kymani Senior (White Plains, NY/Woodlands) reached the wall first in the 100 butterfly in 48.69 for his second individual title of the meet after he also placed first in the 50 free on Thursday night. The Big Red added yet another conference crown in the next individual event as freshman Drake Horton (Madison, WI/James Madison Memorial) posted a winning and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:38.11 in the 200 free. DU's streak of consecutive titles came to a close in the 100 breaststroke as DePauw senior Sam McManus (Terrace Park, OH/Mariemont) topped the championship field with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.95 to become just the third Tiger swimmer in program history to win an individual event title at the NCAC meet. DU climbed to the top of the podium once again in the final swimming event on Friday night as junior Carson Clear (Ft. Collins, CO./Fossil Ridge) broke the NCAC and pool records in the 100 backstroke, becoming the first men's swimmer in league history to win the event with a sub 48-second time after he reached the wall in 47.87. In the final event of Friday night, Kenyon junior Ryder Sammons (Kent, CT/Kent School) completed the clean sweep in the diving well, this time winning the one-meter competition with a regional-qualifying score of 454.25. Sammons is now the first Kenyon men's diver to sweep the boards at the NCAC meet since Derek Zurn accomplished the feat in 1997.
In the first women's event on Friday night, the Kenyon Ladies broke the pool record and logged an NCAA "B" cut in the 200 medley relay with a winning time of 1:41.18. Denison completed the sweep of the 400 IM events on Friday evening after sophomore Natalie Zaravella (Victor, NY/Victor) picked up her first-career NCAC title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:26.71. Kenyon freshman Crile Hart (Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken) continued to impress the crowd in her debut at the conference meet by setting another pool and NCAC record, this time outpacing the field in the "A" finals of the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.55. In the women's 200 freestyle, Kenyon junior Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) became the third-straight Kenyon swimmer to take home gold in the event at the NCAC Championships with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.14. Denison sophomore KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight School), the 2017 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, logged her first individual event title of the 2018 meet in the 100 breaststroke in record-setting fashion as she posted a time of 1:01.74, which not only surpassed the NCAA "A" cut standard but also topped both the NCAC and pool records in the event. Finally, night three wrapped up for the women with Kenyon junior Caitlin Foley (Lewisburg, PA/Lewisburg Area) winning the 100 backstroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 56.07.
Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (NCAC Championship Site)
The 2018 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships conclude on Saturday evening with preliminary events starting at 10:00 a.m. and the finals session at 6:30 p.m.