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Denison Men & Women Lead After Day 1

Denison freshman Allison Fitzgerald {left}; Denison sophomore Ryan Stevenson {right}
Denison freshman Allison Fitzgerald {left}; Denison sophomore Ryan Stevenson {right}

The Denison men and women lead the 2017 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships after the first night of competition on Wednesday at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. The DU men accumulated  70 total points after winning the 800 free relay with an NCAC-record time of 6:34.29, while the Big Red women hold the lead after night one with 210 total points. (PHOTOS -- VIDEO

Kenyon is second overall in the men's standings with 62 points, followed by DePauw (60), Wooster (58), Ohio Wesleyan (56), Wabash (54), Allegheny (52), Wittenberg (50) and Oberlin (48), while Hiram has yet to record team points. In the women's standings, Kenyon sits in second with 113 points, followed by Allegheny (112), Oberlin (99), Wooster (80), DePauw (60), Wittenberg (52), Ohio Wesleyan (50) and Hiram (48).  

For the first time in history, the NCAC Championships opened on Wednesday night with the 800 free relay. In the women's race, the Kenyon squad of freshman Julia Green (Winnetka, IL/New Trier), freshman Kendall Vanderhoof (Glenwood Springs, CO/Glenwood Springs), sophomore Sophia Kuvan (Encinitas, CA/Winter Park) and sophomore Marysol Arce (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) reached the wall first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 7:27.95. On the men's side, the Denison foursome of junior Stuart Hohm (Springfield, IL/Glenwood), senior Max Howes (Chapel Hill, NC/East), sophomore Walter Dauksher (Fort Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge) and sophomore Ryan Stevenson (Madeira, OH/Madeira) set the conference record and notched an NCAA "B" cut with a winning time of 6:34.29. 

In the traditional event on Wednesday night, Denison freshman Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) became the first Big Red diver to win the three-meter diving event since 2013 with an NCAA regional-qualifying score of 461.00. Rounding out the All-NCAC performers on the three-meter board were Denison sophomore Emma Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming) in second (409.25) and Allegheny freshman Brionna Litwin (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) in third (391.10). 

Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (NCAC Championship Site) 

The 2017 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

Check out video highlights and complete coverage of day one HERE.