The Denison men and women overtook Kenyon in both team standings following the second full day of competition at the 2018 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. The Big Red men won two individual events and both relays on night two to jump into first place with 651.5 points, while the women's team won two individual titles and one relay crown to top the team standings with 695 points.
The Kenyon Lords, who won the other men's event on Thursday evening, sit in second with 622.5 points, followed by DePauw (412.5), Wabash (323), Ohio Wesleyan (282), Wooster (254), Allegheny (223), Oberlin (171), Wittenberg (114.5) and Hiram (92). In the women's competition, Kenyon won three total events on the night and now sits in second with 660 points, while DePauw and Wooster are deadlocked in the third spot with 355.5 points each, followed by Allegheny (305), Ohio Wesleyan (297), Oberlin (258), Wittenberg (197) and Hiram (149).
The Denison men opened Thursday night's swimming action by winning the 200 freestyle relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:20.57. In the first individual event of the evening, Kenyon sophomore Connor Rumpit (Brookfield, WI/Central) successfully defended his title in the 500 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:28.03. Rumpit is the first NCAC men's swimmer to win the event in consecutive seasons since Denison's David Curtis posted three-straight titles from 2007-09. The Big Red also continued their recent dominance in the men's 200 IM as junior Ryan Stevenson (Madeira, OH/Madeira) captured the program's 10th-straight title in the event with a B-cut time of 1:50.58. DU then leaped over Kenyon in the men's team standings in the finals of the 50 freestyle as Big Red swimmers went 1-4 in the event, led by sophomore Kymani Senior (White Plains, NY/Woodlands) touching the wall first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 20.45. Denison closed out night two with the 29-point lead over Kenyon in the team standings after topping the podium in the 400 medley relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:17.17.
In the women's competition, Kenyon snapped Denison's 10-year run as conference champs in the 200 freestyle relay as the Ladies raced to the wall first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:32.73. Denison sophomore Hannah Rusinko (Pittsburgh, PA/Norwin) then climbed the podium in the first women's individual event of the evening with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:53.10 in the 500 free. History was made in the women's 200 IM as Kenyon freshman Crile Hart (Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken) logged the first sub two-minute time in the event in the country this season with an NCAC-record and NCAA "A" cut time of 1:59.70. Kenyon's youth movement continued in the women's 50 free as first-year Emmerson Mirus (Madison, WI/West) outreached the competition at the wall with an NCAA "B" cut time of 23.51. The Big Red took over the lead in the team standings from Kenyon following the women's one-meter diving competition as three DU divers combined for 95 total points in the event, led by sophomore Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) winning the event for the second year in a row with a regional-qualifying score of 449.85 points. The DU women also closed out the night with a first-place showing in the 400 medley relay, reaching the wall first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:44.03.
Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (NCAC Championship Site)
The 2018 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.