2015 NCAA Division III Championships: Wilson and Curley Dazzle, Kenyon Three-peats As Champions

Photo Courtesy: Kenyon Athletics

The 2015 NCAA Division III Championships is one that Kenyon Lords and Andrew Wilson of Emory will surely remember for a long time.

Kenyon racked up 468 points to tally the national title for the third year in a row.

Denison swam to second place in the team title with 383 points.

Williams (292), Emory (233) and CMS (204) round out the top five teams that all broke 200 points for the weekend.

Here are the final team standings:

  1. Kenyon                            468   2. Denison                           383
  3. Williams                          292   4. Emory                             233
  5. Cms                               204   6. Wash U. MO                        167
  7. The College of NJ                 164   8. Johns Hopkins                     162
  9. Nyu                               153  10. Mit                             151.5
 11. DePauw                            125  12. Gettysburg                        123
 13. Amherst                           107  14. Chicago                            94
 15. Whitman                            76  16. Keene St.                          66
 17. Trinity U.                         57  18. Mary Washington                    54
 19. Conn College                       52  20. Usmma                              47
 21. Redlands                           46  22. Rowan                              45
 23. Bsc                                41  23. Tufts                              41
 25. St. Thomas                         37  26. Ithaca                             33
 26. Suny Fredonia                      33  28. Occidental                         31
 28. Calvin                             31  30. W&L                                29
 31. Kalamazoo                          28  32. York                               26
 33. Whitworth                          22  34. Behrend                            20
 35. Widener                          19.5  36. Pomona-Pitzer                      17
 37. Bates                              16  38. Union                              14
 38. Middlebury                         14  40. Westminster                        13
 40. Stevens                            13  40. Uw-L                               13
 40. Rose-Hulman                        13  44. Coast Guard                        12
 45. Colorado College                   11  46. Hartwick                           10
 47. Springfield                         9  47. Suny Geneseo                        9
 49. Case Western                        8  49. Carnegie Mellon                     8
 51. Uw-Stevens Point                    5  52. Albion                              2
 52. Wpi                                 2  52. Lake Forest                         2

Wilson, a junior from Emory, charged his way to three individual national titles all of which were swam in NCAA D3 record time.

  • 200 IM- 1:46.23
  • 100 breast- 51.72 (13th fastest all-time and 9th fastest American ever)
  • 200 breast- 1:52.97

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, every time that he swam an individual event, he broke a national record.

For each event, he would break the D3 record in prelims and secure the top seed going into finals. Then he would go even faster at night.

This weekend belonged to Andrew Wilson. With one more year left of swimming, who knows what this young man can do. The sky is the limit. Watch and see if he can go even faster next year and break all his records again.

I think he can and will.

Not to be outdone by Wilson, Kenyon’s Harrison Curley broke two national records himself, the 400 IM and the 200 back. But similarly to Wilson, Curley broke the records in both prelims and finals. A special way for the senior to end his collegiate career.

NCAA D3 National Records broken:

  • 500 free- Andrew Greenhalgh, Johns Hopkins- 4:20.60
  • 200 IM- Andrew Wilson, Emory- 1:46.23
  • 200 Medley Relay- Kenyon (Harrison Curley, Trevor Manz, Kevin Magee, Wes Manz)- 1:27.54
  • 400 IM- Harrison Curley, Kenyon- 3:46.62
  • 100 fly- Reed Dalton, Washington U. – St. Louis- 46.97
  • 400 Medley Relay- Williams (Benjamin Lin, Jake Tamposi, Thad Ricotta, Alexander Nanda)- 3:13.49
  • 100 back- Benjamin Lin, Williams- 47.03 (done while leading off national record setting 400 medley relay)
  • 200 fly- Alex Anderson, Mary Washington- 1:44.93
  • 100 breast- Andrew Wilson, Emory- 51.72
  • 1650 free- Arthur Conover, Kenyon- 15.01.24
  • 200 back- Harrison Curley, Kenyon- 1:43.49
  • 200 breast- Andrew Wilson, Emory- 1:52.97
3 Comments

3 comments

  1. avatar
    joe

    Some amazing swims

  2. avatar
    Barb Friesth

    Will this story be updated with a photo from 2015? The photo featured is from the IUPUI natatorium in Indy from 2014.

  3. avatar

    Harrison Curley did not break his own DIII record from prelims in finals of 400 IM.

    The guy from Mary Washington, Alex Anderson, swam a DIII- record 3:48.50 to take qualifying honors. Curley broke that in finals w/his 3:46.62. Anderson swam 3:47 plus to also beat his prelim record.

    And yes Wilson was amazing and the guy from Washington U. In St. Louis who won 100 fly (Reed Dalton) became first DIii swimmer sub-47.0. He broke record trice too w/his 47.10’prelims then that 46.9 at night. Not too far off Pablo Morales’ pr of 46-mid that was American/NCAA record – not quite 30 years ago!

Author: James Bossert

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James Bossert is a senior captain IM/backstroker at Grove City College. Bossert is in the top 10 in school history in the 100 back, 200 back, 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 200 IM. Previously, he swam for 10 years with Falfins Swimming and has moved on to join the merged Colorado Springs Aquatics program that put Falfins and the Colorado Springs Swim Team together.

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