2022 Division III Championships: Kenyon’s Yurii Kosian Sets 200 Back Record

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Yurii Kosian; Photo Courtesy: David Heasley/kenyon Athletics

2022 Division III Championships: Kenyon’s Yurii Kosian Sets 200 Back Record

Kenyon’s Yurii Kosian notched an NCAA record Saturday morning at the 2022 Division III Championships, firing off a 1:43.43 in the men’s 200 backstroke. That downs a record that had held for seven years and capped a quick morning session.

It’s only a brief diversion, though, from what is shaping up as an epic title race on the women’s side. Entering the final day of four at the meet, just 4.5 points separate the top three. Kenyon leads with 311 points, but Emory (307) and Denison (306.5) are right on their heels. The women have a busy night, with 3-meter diving in the night session plus the 1,650 freestyles and the 400 free relays.

Keynon has five A finalists and three B finalists. Emory has four A finalists and five B finalists. Denison has 4 A finalists and one B finalist, though three for Denison are in the final heat 1,650 free. Emory’s 1,650 contingent will finish no worse than ninth and 10th, Kenyon’s 12th and 14th. Emory also has two divers, Denison one with none for Kenyon.

If it comes down to the 400 free relay, Denison is seeded second, with Emory third and Kenyon fourth.

A blow-by-blow recap of the morning

2022 NCAA Division III Championships Links

2022 NCAA Division III Championships Team Scores

Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 28                      
  1. Emory                             338   2. Denison                           257
  3. Johns Hopkins                     248   4. Williams                          234
  5. Chicago                           223   6. Kenyon                          216.5
  7. Mit                             186.5   8. Claremont MS                      172
  9. Wash U MO                         112  10. John Carroll                       89
 11. Carnegie Mellon                    72  12. Rowan                              70
 13. Pomona-Pitzer                      62  14. Nyu                                61
 15. Calvin                             57  16. UW Eau Claire                      47
 17. Franklin & Marshall                45  18. Cal Lutheran                       44
 19. Ithaca                             39  20. Tufts                              36
 21. Suny Geneseo                       34  21. Tcnj                               34
 23. Trinity University                 29  23. Whitman                            29
 25. Bates                              24  25. Rhodes College                     24
 27. Whitworth                          22  28. Caltech                            21
 29. Westminster                        20  30. Coast Guard                        18
 31. Springfield College                14  32. Swarthmore                         12
 33. Conn College                        9  34. Birmingham Southern                 6
 35. Hope College                        5  36. Franklin College                    3
 36. Catholic UA                         3  38. Colby                               2
 38. Bowdoin                             2  40. Carthage                            1
 40. Roger Williams                      1  40. Gustavus                            1
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 29                     
  1. Kenyon                            311   2. Emory                             307
  3. Denison                         306.5   4. Williams                          223
  5. Tufts                             156   6. Chicago                           155
  7. Pomona-Pitzer                     151   8. Mit                               132
  9. Johns Hopkins                   130.5  10. Claremont MS                    118.5
 11. St. Kate's                        103  12. Amherst                           101
 12. Nyu                               101  14. Bates                            90.5
 15. Conn College                       54  16. Bowdoin                            49
 17. Wheaton MA                         43  18. Wash U MO                          33
 19. Hope College                       26  20. Nazareth                           25
 21. Mary Washington                    24  22. Tcnj                               16
 22. Ithaca                             16  24. Carnegie Mellon                  14.5
 25. Wittenberg                         14  26. Illinois Wesleyan                  13
 27. Caltech                            11  28. Albion                           10.5
 29. Trinity University                  9  30. Gustavus                            8
 30. Middlebury                          8  32. Colby                               7
 33. Ursinus                             6  33. Centre                              6
 35. Colorado College                    4  36. Uw-Stevens Point                    2
 37. Wellesley                           1  37. Whitworth                           1
 37. Suny Cortland                       1

Men’s 100 freestyle

A time of 44.2 didn’t make the A final. A 44.6 missed the B final in a deep sprinting field. Tobe Obochi took top honors in prelims, the MIT sophomore going 43.44. (Later in the session, he clocked a 43.33 to lead MIT to the top seed in the 400 free relay.) He was .21 up on 50 free champ Kevin Gillooly of Rowan. Nicholas Goudie of Emory finished third in 43.79, with Julian Iturbe also cracking 44 seconds.

Among the B finalists is 200 free champ Jamie Lovette.

Event 32  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
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  NCAA Record: * 42.98  3/24/2018 Oliver Smith, Emory
 Meet Qualify:   44.66
  2019 Winner:   43.31            Trey Kolleck, Emory
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Obochi, Tobe           SO MIT                 43.82      43.44  
                 21.05        43.44 (22.39)
  2 Gillooly, Kevin        5Y Rowan               43.93      43.65  
                 21.05        43.65 (22.60)
  3 Goudie, Nicholas       SO Emory               43.93      43.79  
                 20.63        43.79 (23.16)
  4 Iturbe, Julian         5Y Calvin              44.08      43.91  
                 21.30        43.91 (22.61)
  5 McChesney, James       SO TCNJ                43.81      44.03  
                 21.03        44.03 (23.00)
  6 Ike, Trey              JR Denison             44.25      44.09  
                 20.78        44.09 (23.31)
  7 Davenport, Nat         5Y Johns Hopkins       45.08      44.14  
                 20.71        44.14 (23.43)
  8 Berry, Nathan          JR Bates               45.27      44.17  
                 20.76        44.17 (23.41)

Women’s 100 freestyle

Emory needs a big move in the 100 free. Taylor Leone is in position to help, going 50.16 in prelims to get the top seed. Teammate Caroline Maki is third. The top eight are separated by .61 seconds. Alex Turvey of Pomona-Pitzer, the top seed entering the meet and the only sub-50 time this season, was second din 50.32. Kenyon looms with Emmie Mirus fifth and Alexandra White seventh.

Event 33  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
  NCAA Record: * 48.98  3/20/2010 Kendra Stern, Amherst
 Meet Qualify:   51.29
  2019 Winner:   49.37            Fiona Muir, Emory
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Leone, Taylor          SR Emory               50.67      50.16  
                 23.54        50.16 (26.62)
  2 Turvey, Alex           SO Pomona-Pitzer       49.96      50.32  
                 24.06        50.32 (26.26)
  3 Maki, Caroline         JR Emory               50.35      50.34  
                 23.86        50.34 (26.48)
  4 Turney, Avery          FR Pomona-Pitzer       50.49      50.51  
                 23.93        50.51 (26.58)
  5 Mirus, Emmie           SR Kenyon              50.29      50.53  
                 23.93        50.53 (26.60)
  6 Culibrk, Tara          JR Denison             51.05      50.72  
                 24.67        50.72 (26.05)
  7 White, Alexandra       JR Kenyon              50.97      50.75  
                 24.27        50.75 (26.48)
  8 Hofstede, Ellen        JR Gustavus            50.10      50.77  
                 24.32        50.77 (26.45)

Men’s 200 backstroke

Yurii Kosian downed the only NCAA record of the morning session, going 1:43.43 in the 200 back. The record had belonged to Harrison Curley of Kenyon since 2015 at 1:43.49. That’s also six tenths quicker than the winning time from the 2019 championships.

Holding onto the top spot won’t be easy. Whitman’s Tanner Filion finished second in 1:43.60. Jack Wadsworth of Ithaca is second in 1:44.07. There’s precedent this week for a prelims record set by a non-winner in the event, with Kosian’s teammate David Fitch having that fate befall him in the 100 fly.

Event 32  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
==================================================================
  NCAA Record: * 42.98  3/24/2018 Oliver Smith, Emory
 Meet Qualify:   44.66
  2019 Winner:   43.31            Trey Kolleck, Emory
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Obochi, Tobe           SO MIT                 43.82      43.44  
                 21.05        43.44 (22.39)
  2 Gillooly, Kevin        5Y Rowan               43.93      43.65  
                 21.05        43.65 (22.60)
  3 Goudie, Nicholas       SO Emory               43.93      43.79  
                 20.63        43.79 (23.16)
  4 Iturbe, Julian         5Y Calvin              44.08      43.91  
                 21.30        43.91 (22.61)
  5 McChesney, James       SO TCNJ                43.81      44.03  
                 21.03        44.03 (23.00)
  6 Ike, Trey              JR Denison             44.25      44.09  
                 20.78        44.09 (23.31)
  7 Davenport, Nat         5Y Johns Hopkins       45.08      44.14  
                 20.71        44.14 (23.43)
  8 Berry, Nathan          JR Bates               45.27      44.17  
                 20.76        44.17 (23.41)

Women’s 200 backstroke

A three-swimmer race in the final appears to be in the offing. Third in that reckoning from prelims is reigning champ Crile Hart of Kenyon, who went 1:58.86.

The also the only non-freshman among the top five. Williams rookie Sophia Verkleeren set the pace in 1:58.52. Kate Augustyn of MIT was second in 1:58.84. Hart is one of three swimmers with 1:57s to their names this season, with Bates’ Sophie Cassily and Megan Jungers of Emory. They qualified fifth and sixth, respectively.

Event 35  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
  NCAA Record: * 1:55.67  3/24/2018 Crile Hart, Kenyon
 Meet Qualify:   2:02.89
  2019 Winner:   1:56.62            Crile Hart, Kenyon
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Verkleeren, Sophia     FR Williams          2:00.45    1:58.52  
                 28.12        57.95 (29.83)
        1:27.88 (29.93)     1:58.52 (30.64)
  2 Augustyn, Kate         FR MIT               1:59.16    1:58.84  
                 27.69        57.71 (30.02)
        1:28.25 (30.54)     1:58.84 (30.59)
  3 Hart, Crile            SR Kenyon            1:57.62    1:58.86  
                 27.95        57.78 (29.83)
        1:28.21 (30.43)     1:58.86 (30.65)
  4 Kraus, Sara            FR Hope              1:58.60    1:59.59  
                 28.17        58.47 (30.30)
        1:29.30 (30.83)     1:59.59 (30.29)
  5 Cassily, Sophie        FR Bates             1:57.98    1:59.84  
                 27.62        57.92 (30.30)
        1:28.82 (30.90)     1:59.84 (31.02)
  6 Jungers, Megan         SO Emory             1:57.66    1:59.94  
                 26.90        56.58 (29.68)
        1:27.44 (30.86)     1:59.94 (32.50)
  7 Mitchum, Jamee         JR CMS               2:01.28    2:00.06  
                 28.18        58.53 (30.35)
        1:29.39 (30.86)     2:00.06 (30.67)
  8 Smith, Olivia          JR Kenyon            2:00.41    2:00.22  
                 27.76        58.11 (30.35)
        1:29.71 (31.60)     2:00.22 (30.51)

Men’s 200 breaststroke

Emory’s Jason Hamilton, the reigning champ, was first in prelims, the senior going 1:57.27. He was just shy of a half-second upon Michael Bylander of UWEC in 1:57.74. The top seed entering the  meet, Jacob Grover of Williams, went 1:58.52 for the fourth seed. He has been 1:56.57 this season.

Event 36  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
  NCAA Record: * 1:50.80  3/18/2017 Andrew Wilson, Emory
 Meet Qualify:   2:00.10
  2019 Winner:   1:57.34            Jason Hamilton, Emory
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Hamilton, Jason        SR Emory             1:56.47    1:57.27  
                 26.58        56.49 (29.91)
        1:26.86 (30.37)     1:57.27 (30.41)
  2 Bylander, Michael      SR UWEC              1:56.98    1:57.74  
                 26.90        56.74 (29.84)
        1:26.84 (30.10)     1:57.74 (30.90)
  3 Stride, Brandon        JR Johns Hopkins     1:59.25    1:58.48  
                 27.67        57.50 (29.83)
        1:28.05 (30.55)     1:58.48 (30.43)
  4 Grover, Jacob          SO Williams          1:56.57    1:58.52  
                 26.67        56.48 (29.81)
        1:27.36 (30.88)     1:58.52 (31.16)
  4 Hao, Kevin             SR Wash U            1:58.36    1:58.52  
                 26.90        56.36 (29.46)
        1:27.02 (30.66)     1:58.52 (31.50)
  6 Huang, Roderick        FR MIT               1:59.51    1:58.63  
                 27.22        57.41 (30.19)
        1:27.83 (30.42)     1:58.63 (30.80)
  7 Wu, Kyle               JR Johns Hopkins     1:57.66    1:58.68  
                 26.46        56.18 (29.72)
        1:27.06 (30.88)     1:58.68 (31.62)
  8 Grady, Ryan            SR Whitworth         1:57.57    1:58.88  
                 26.52        56.39 (29.87)
        1:27.36 (30.97)     1:58.88 (31.52)

Women’s 200 breaststroke

St. Kate’s Jordyn Wentzel secured the top seed in 2:12.37, a second ahead of the field. No shock there, since she entered with the fastest seed time by more than two seconds over the field, a time that is the NCAA record. She was just a tenth off of the winning time in 2019 in the morning.

The field will be chasing her. Second was Amanda Wager of Williams in 2:13.61. Kenyon’s Jennah Fadely finished third in 2:14.63.

Event 37  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
  NCAA Record: * 2:10.66  2/19/2022 Jordyn Wentzel, St. Kate's
  Meet Record: ! 2:12.27  3/24/2018 KT Kustritz, Denison
 Meet Qualify:   2:20.71
  2019 Winner:   2:12.33            KT Kustritz, Denison
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Wentzel, Jordyn        SR St. Kate's        2:10.66    2:12.37  
                 30.96      1:04.76 (33.80)
        1:38.02 (33.26)     2:12.37 (34.35)
  2 Wager, Amanda          SO Williams          2:12.98    2:13.61  
                 30.45      1:04.05 (33.60)
        1:38.56 (34.51)     2:13.61 (35.05)
  3 Fadely, Jennah         FR Kenyon            2:17.08    2:14.63  
                 29.81      1:03.89 (34.08)
        1:39.01 (35.12)     2:14.63 (35.62)
  4 Brooks, Kinsey         SO Mary Washington   2:16.24    2:15.67  
                 30.18      1:04.29 (34.11)
        1:39.61 (35.32)     2:15.67 (36.06)
  5 Lewis, Augusta         SR CMS               2:16.16    2:16.07  
                 30.51      1:04.57 (34.06)
        1:39.87 (35.30)     2:16.07 (36.20)
  6 Bates, Edie            SR Emory             2:18.39    2:16.08  
                 30.96      1:06.04 (35.08)
        1:41.51 (35.47)     2:16.08 (34.57)
  7 Rohovit, Taylor        FR Johns Hopkins     2:16.24    2:16.42  
                 31.01      1:05.78 (34.77)
        1:40.95 (35.17)     2:16.42 (35.47)
  8 Wishnack, Charlotte    FR Williams          2:16.18    2:16.78  
                 30.46      1:04.45 (33.99)
        1:39.84 (35.39)     2:16.78 (36.94)