DU's Lindell & Levy Win National Titles On Night 2

Denison seniors Jack Lindell {left} & Max Levy {right}
Denison seniors Jack Lindell {left} & Max Levy {right}

Two more individual event national titles highlighted Thursday night’s action by NCAC student-athletes at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Through 20 total events at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas, NCAC athletes have combined for three national titles, 35 total All-American performances and 23 additional Honorable-Mention All-American efforts.  

Following 10 women’s events in Texas, Emory holds a comfortable 330-225 lead over Williams at the top of the team standings, while Kenyon (208), Denison (175) and MIT (87) round out the top five. DePauw slipped to 26th in the team standings with 13 total points. 

With 10 men’s events also in the books, Emory has built a 29.5-point lead over Kenyon at 244-214.5, while Denison sits in third with 193 total points. Rounding out the top five is Johns Hopkins (177) and Williams (125). 

Women’s 200 Free Relay

Thursday evening opened with the Denison and Kenyon women’s 200 free relay teams finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the championship finals. DU posted a time of 1:33.59 with the team of senior Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) and the freshmen trio of Gabriella Nutter (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. Mary’s), Casey Kirby (Long Grove, IL/Stevenson) and KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight Scool of MN), while the Ladies registered a time of 1:33.80 with the squad of freshman Zoe Toscos (Ft. Wayne, IN/Carroll), senior Laura Duncan (Fremont, OH/Ross), sophomore Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) and sophomore Abby Wilson (Westerville, OH/Columbus Acad.). Emory set the meet record in the event with a winning time of 1:30.52. 

Men’s 200 Free Relay

Denison clocked the second-fastest time of the night in the consolation finals of the men’s 200 free relay with a time of 1:22.14, while Kenyon and Tufts tied for third in the “B” finals with identical times of 1:22.16. The Big Red’s team consisted of senior Max Howes (Chapel Hill, NC/East), sophomore Kenny Fox (Juneau, AK/Thunder Mountain), freshman Eric Gerlach (Naperville, IL/Central) and junior Zach Wagner (Seattle, WA/Lakeside), while the four Lords swimmers included sophomore AJ Reid (North Bay Village, FL/Design & Architecture), senior Trevor Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Eau Claire), freshman Ben Baturka (Drexel Hill, PA/Episcopal Acad.) and sophomore Weston Carpenter (Lafayette, CA/Acalanes). The Emory Eagles topped the field in the event for the second year in a row after stopping the clock in 1:19.03. 

Women’s 400 IM

Kenyon sophomore Marysol Arce (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius), the runner-up in the 400 IM a year ago, collected top-eight All-American honors in the event again this year after finishing sixth in the championship finals with a time of 4:24.18. Williams senior Megan Pierce won her third title in the 400 IM in the last four years with a time of 4:15.71. The NCAC was also represented by four swimmers in the consolation finals of the women’s 400 IM, led by Denison freshman Natalie Zaravella (Victor, NY/Victor) reaching the wall first in 4:26.00. 

Men’s 400 IM

The NCAC displayed its dominance in the pool in the men’s 400 IM with five total swimmers in the championship finals, led by Denison senior Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) defending his 2016 national title in the event with a winning time of 3:47.31. Kenyon senior Ian Reardon (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) is now a four-time top-eight All-American in the event after finishing in a tie for third with NYU’s Reid Hensen with a time of 3:52.34. Kenyon freshman Mick Bartholomew (Boulder, CO/Boulder) touched the wall fifth in 3:54.81, followed by Kenyon sophomore Brooks McCoy (Greenville, SC/St. Joseph’s) in sixth (3:57.86) and Denison sophomore Matt Hedman (Anoka, MN/Anoka) in seventh (3:59.08). 

Women’s 100 Fly

After finishing sixth in the 100 fly in back-to-back years at the national meet, DU’s Carolyn Kane improved her placement by one spot and finished fifth overall this year with a time of 54.91. Williams junior Emma Waddell, who won the national title in the 50 free on Wednesday night, picked up her second national title of the meet with a winning time of 53.48. In addition, DU freshman Angela Le (Eagan, MN/Burnsville) picked up her first-career honorable-mention All-American award in an individual event after placing third in the consolation finals of the 100 fly with a time of 55.64. 

Men’s 100 Fly

After swimming on the 200 free relay team earlier in the night, DU’s Kenny Fox returned to the pool in the championship finals of the men’s 100 fly and collected his first-career top-eight All-American award in an individual event by finishing seventh overall in 48.67. Williams senior Ben Lin reached the wall first in the event with a winning time of 47.37. Big Red junior Liam Marsden-Readford (Sydney, Australia/Arden Anglican) competed in the consolation finals of the 100 fly, finishing sixth with a time of 49.13 for his first-career honorable-mention All-American finish.

Women’s 200 Free

KC’s Hannah Orbach-Mandel and Abby Wilson were both in action for the second time on Thursday night in the championship finals of the women’s 200 freestyle where they finished third (1:48.83) and fourth (1:48.89), respectively, while Denison senior Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) joined them in the field and finished eighth overall in 1:51.51. The national title in the event went to Emory’s Cindy Cheng with a time of 1:46.82.

Men’s 200 Free

Kenyon senior Arthur Conover (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee), the 500 free champion on Wednesday night, hit the wall fourth in the championship finals of the men’s 200 free with a time of 1:37.12, followed closely by Denison sophomore Walt Dauksher (Ft. Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge) in sixth with a time of 1:38.01. Johns Hopkins senior Evan Holder earned the title in the event with a meet-record time of 1:36.42. 

Men’s One-Meter Diving

In the first men’s diving event of the 2017 national meet, Denison senior Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) picked up his second-career national title on the one-meter board with a score of 553.45. Levy, who finished fourth on both boards last year, also brought home gold in both diving events at the national meet in 2015. In addition, DU senior Brian Allen (Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff) finished 13th overall in the one-meter event with a score of 427.50. 

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

In the final women’s event of Thursday night, Kenyon’s Orbach-Mandel swam in her third event of the evening as the anchor leg on the third-place team in the 400 medley relay that touched the wall in 3:43.47. She was joined in the relay by freshman Summer Otazu (Pasadena, CA/Maranatha), junior Julia Wilson (Bethesda, MD/Sidwell Friends) and junior Kanchi Desai (Mumbai, India/Lilavatibai). Denison finished fifth in the championship heat in 3:45.12 with an almost identical team as the 200 free relay from earlier in the night as Kirby, Kustritz and Kane were joined this time by rookie Angela Le. Emory won the national title in the 400 medley relay for the third year in a row, this time in record-setting fashion with a time of 3:39.57. 

Men’s 400 Medley Relay
Thursday night wrapped up with the men’s 400 medley relay that saw Kenyon and Denison both crack the top-eight in fourth (3:16.30) and sixth (3:17.15), respectively. KC’s squad nearly mirrored its 200 free relay team from earlier in the evening as Baturka, Manz and Carpenter added sophomore Jonathan Zimdars (Whitewater, WI/Whitewater) to their arsenal this time, while DU”s team consisted of Lindell, Fox, Wagner and sophomore Tiernan Foster-Smith (Edina, MN/The Blake School). Emory kept its theme of the meet going in the men’s 400 medley relay as they claimed gold with a meet-record time of 3:10.51. 

The 2017 national meet continues through Saturday evening at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas, with prelim sessions beginning each morning at 11:00 a.m. (EST) and final sessions starting nightly at 7:00 p.m. (EST).