GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Denison women and Kenyon men lead the 2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships on Wednesday after the first night of competition at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. The Big Red women accumulated 158 total points after a one-two-three finish in the diving well and a second-place finish in the 800 free relay, while the Lords sit in first with 70 points thanks to a first-place finish in the 800 free relay.
Kenyon is second overall in the women's standings after night one with 144 points, followed by Allegheny (113), Oberlin (90), DePauw (85), Ohio Wesleyan (76), Wittenberg (71), Wooster (56) and Hiram (48). On the men's side, Denison sits in second with 62 points, followed by Wooster (60), DePauw (58), Wabash (56), Ohio Wesleyan (54), Allegheny (52), Wittenberg (50), Oberlin (48) and Hiram (44).
The 2019 meet opened with a conference record falling in the women's 800 free relay. The Kenyon team of senior Delaney Ambrosen (Excelsior, MN/Minnetonka), junior Kendall Vanderhoof (Glenwood Springs, CO/Glenwood Springs), senior Abby Wilson (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) and senior Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) touched the wall first with an NCAA "B" cut standard with a winning time of 7:20.31. Their time was four seconds faster than the NCAC's previous meet record of 7:24.71 set last season by another Kenyon Ladies team that included Wilson and Orbach-Mandel. In men's action, the Kenyon Lords quartet of freshman Nick Tong (Taichung, Taiwan/Morrison Academy), senior Robert Williams (Gambier, OH/Mount Vernon), junior Tommy Weiss (St. Paul, MN/St. Thomas Academy), and junior Michael Bartholomew (Boulder, CO/Boulder) also surpassed the NCAA "B" cut standard with a winning time of 6:35.94, which was six seconds faster than their seed time.
In the diving well on Wednesday night, Denison earned a one-two-three finish on the three-meter board with junior Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) earning her third league title in the event after scoring 443.20 points. Teammate Emma Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming) recorded a score of 430.80 for second place, while Big Red junior Naomi Clayton (Lexington, KY/Sayre) rounded out the list of All-NCAC performers in the women's three-meter competition by finishing third overall just 1.30 points behind Weber (429.50).
Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (NCAC Championship Site)
The 2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 9:30 a.m., while finals begin at 6:00 p.m.