GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Denison men and women currently hold first in the team standings following the second full day of competition at the 2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. The Big Red women won two individual events and both relays on night two to remain in first place with 705 points, while the men's team won three individual titles to take over the lead in the team standings with 714 points.
The Kenyon Ladies, who won the other women's event on Thursday evening, sit in second with 661 points, followed by DePauw (371.5), Allegheny (320.5), Wooster (301), Ohio Wesleyan (278), Wittenberg (217), Oberlin (202) and Hiram (146). In the men's competition, Kenyon won three total events on the night and now sits in second with 559 points, followed by Wabash (341), DePauw (339), Ohio Wesleyan (292), Wooster (282), Allegheny (237), Wittenberg (210), Oberlin (180), and Hiram (88).
To start the night off, the Denison women captured the 200-freestyle relay title as sophomore Maddie Hopkins (Chico, CA/Chico), junior Casey Kirby (Long Grove, IL/Stevenson), junior Gabriella Nutter (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. Mary's School) and junior KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/St. Paul College) recorded a 1:31.28 finish, breaking the NCAC record and collecting an NCAA "B" cut standard. In the first individual event of the evening, Kenyon junior Kendall Vanderhoof (Glenwood Springs, CO/ Glenwood Springs) collected a win in the 500 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:55.13, shaving more than four seconds off of her prelim time from earlier in the day. Denison's Kustritz impressively logged an NCAA "A" cut and the new NCAC record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.68. The Big Red then saw Hopkins outreach the competition in the 50 free with an NCAC-record and NCAA "B" cut time of 22.85. Denison closed out night two topping the podium in the 400-medley relay with an NCAA "B" cut time. The Big Red relay team of Kirby, Kustritz, Hopkins and sophomore Mia Chiappe (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) finished in 3:40.75.
The Kenyon team of sophomore David Fitch (Conway, MA/Williston Northampton), freshman Joseph Black (Kingston, Jamaica/The Peddie School), junior Tommy Weiss (St. Paul, MN/St. Thomas Academy) and senior Weston Carpenter (Lafayette, CA/Acalanes High) opened Thursday night's swimming action by winning the 200-freestyle relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:21.13. Denison junior James Baker (Honeoye Falls, NY/Honeoye Falls-Lima) then climbed the podium in the first men's individual event of the evening with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:27.36 in the 500 free. Kenyon freshman Luis Weekes (St. Thomas, Barbados/Baylor School) snapped Denison's 10-year run with a conference champion in the 200-individual medley after touching the wall first with an NCAA "B" cut and NCAC-record time of 1:49.20. Denison padded its lead in the men's team standings with four of the top five finishers in the 50 freestyle with Big Red junior Matt McHugh (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's Belfield) touching the wall first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 20.33. In the diving well, Denison freshman Liam Simmons (Weston, CT/Weston) captured the one-meter title with a regional-qualifying score of 458.35 points. The Kenyon men closed out the night with a first-place showing in the 400-medley relay, with junior Ben Baturka (Drexel Hill, PA/Episcopal Academy), senior Humphrey Pruett (Minneapolis, MN/Blake School), Fitch and Black touching the wall first in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:16.06.
Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (NCAC Championship Site)
The 2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 9:30 a.m., while finals begin at 6:00 p.m.