NCAA Division III Championships: Kenyon Men, Emory Women Remain In Lead After Day Two

By Reed Shimberg

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 18. THE second night of the NCAA Division III Championships witnessed more national records fall as the Kenyon men extended their lead in dominant fashion leading Emory, 366 to 140.5.

Denison is in third with 137 points and Kalamazoo is in fourth with 128 points. TCNJ (124), MIT (122), Amherst (115), Middlebury (93), Williams (83), and St. Thomas (58) are fifth through 10th. Notably, the Tufts University Jumbos are 12th with 49 points.

On the women's side Emory, is continuing to build its lead with 297 to Denison's 251. Williams who has now won 4 individual championships is third with 206 and Kenyon who has won the last three years is in fourth with 159. CMS (99), Amherst (83), TCNJ (75), UW La Crosse (65), MIT (63), and Carthage (63) are fifth through 10th.

Men's 200 Free Relay
The Kenyon relay of David Somers, Zack Turk, Michael Mpitsos, and Collin Ohning broke their own national record by 0.10 seconds with a time of 1:19.05. Depauw's Josh Baugh, Johnny Montgomery, Steve Klabak, and John Cook were a distant second in 1:21.64. Middlebury's Schuyler Beeman, Bob Divers, Jay Li, and Nick Daly finished third in 1:22.01. MIT finished fourth with Jeff Zhou, Wyatt Ubellacker, Brett Boval, and Luke Cummings going 1:22.23. Notably Kalamazoo had finished second but suffered a disqualification.

Women's 200 Free Relay
The Emory Eagles defended their title and broke their own national record with Ruth Westby, Lillian Ciardelli, Ann Wobler, and Claire Pavlak going 1:31.80. Denison was second with Olivia Zaleski, Alyssa Swanson, Marit Wangstad, and Ksenia Golovkina going 1:32.70. UW La Crosse was third with Chelsea Hoff, Briana Peyer, Abigail Diehl, and Katelyn Hartung going 1:34.80. UW Stevens Point finished fourth with Jess Nordstrom, Andrea Wagner, Kelly Kading, and Lindsay Lukes going 1:34.94.

Men's 400 IM
Alex Beyer of Washington University successfully defended his title going 3:52.94. Dan Thurston of Denison was second in 3:54.79 and Ryan Lichtenfels of Amherst was third in 3:55.49. He had the fastest final 100 going 52.51 and passing two people at the end of the race. Chris Bateman of St. Olaf finished fourth in 3:55.84.

Women's 400 IM
Williams sensation Caroline Wilson led from start to finish as she won her second title in as many days in 4:17.85. Liz Horvat, reigning champion and national record holder, was second in 4:19.53. Both girls were off the national record of 4:16.17. Emily Shroeder of Denison was third in 4:23.61 while Lauren Brady of Kenyon was fourth in 4:24.27. Notably Nicole Kett of Kenyon finished ninth in a time of 4:25.08 a time that would have put her fifth.

Men's 100 Fly
John Dillon came back from a year off to win the event in 47.58 just off the 10-year-old national record of 47.43. John Petroff of Emory was second in 48.28 while Nathan Carruthers of Kenyon was third in 48.92. Blair Withington was fourth in 49.01.

Women's 100 Fly
Logan Todhunter, who set a national record of 52.94 in the prelims session, defended her national title with a 53.56. Katie Bilotti of CMS was second in 54.93 and Zaleski of Denison was third in 55.20. Leslie Hackler of Emory finished fourth in 55.62.

Men's 200 Free
Alex Fraser of Amherst won his second event in 1:38.34. He led in a dominant fashion from start to finish. Mike Vernoia of TCNJ was second in 1:38.80 while Gary Roberson of Williams was third of 1:39.16. Ian Stewart-Bates finished fourth in 1:39.17.

Women's 200 Free
Amherst's Kendra Stern crushed her own national record to defend her title in 1:45.31. She led from start to finish and won by more than 2 body lengths at the end of the race. Amanda Croix of Carthage showed she is more than just a sprint 50 freestyler by coming in second in 1:48.77. Ruth Westby of Emory was third in 1:49.17 while Hilary Callen of Denison was fourth in 1:50.22

Women's 1 Meter Diving
Lindsay Martin of Trinity won the diving tonight with 472.25. Sarah Ficarro of SUNY Fredonia was second with 457.30 while Michelle Reggio of Springfield was third 417.50. Tufts University's Lindsay Gardel finished fourth with 406.00.

Men's 400 Medley Relay
Kenyon once again clipped their national record by .10 seconds going 3:15.48 with Mpitsos, Lazarus, Carruthers, and Blair Washington. Kalamazoo finished second with Paul Ellis, Alfonso Espinosa, Barrett Mueller, and Craig Fleming in a time 3:18.72. Denison finished third with Robert Barry, Jake Lewing, Matt Edgin, and MJ Barczak going 3:19.48. Emory finished fourth with Matt Spooner, Kevin Yamada, Petroff, and Tom Dimarco going 3:19.90.

Women's 400 Medley Relay
Denison won the event in 3:43.94 with Zaleski, Gail Blachly, Kate Rich, and Alyssa Swanson. CMS was second in 3:44.60 with Tessa Dover, Annie Perizzolo, Bilotti, and Emma Jones while Emory was third with Pavlak, Whitley, Ciardelli, and Westby finishing in 3:45.97. Williams was fourth with Kathryn Ha, Lisa Cucolo, Todhunter, and Wilson in a time of 3:48.25.

Action continues tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET with the 200 fly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, men's 1 meter diving, and the 800 free relay.

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