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Denison Men & Women Take Leads Into Final Night

Sophomore Maddie Hopkins outpaced the field in the "A" finals of the 100 butterfly earning the win for the Big Red with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.68.
Sophomore Maddie Hopkins outpaced the field in the "A" finals of the 100 butterfly earning the win for the Big Red with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.68.

Day 3 Recap Photos: Prelims - Finals Video Recap

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Denison men and women maintained their leads in the team standings following day three of competition at the 2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships, held at DU's Trumbull Aquatics Center. The Big Red women won four of the seven events contested on Friday night and have now compiled 1,317 points over the first three days of action. The Denison men won the 200-medley relay and placed at least two swimmers in the top five of four events to remain on top the team standings with 1,276 points. 

The Kenyon women collected three more conference titles on Friday night and are just nine points behind Denison in the team standings with 1,308 total points. DePauw currently sits in third in the women's standings with 794.5 points, followed by Wooster (720), Allegheny (631.5), Ohio Wesleyan (540), Oberlin (355), Wittenberg (306) and Hiram (210). On the men's side, Kenyon won four events on the evening and sits in second with 1,158.5 points, followed by DePauw (709), Wabash (631), Wooster (577), Ohio Wesleyan (493.5), Allegheny (439), Wittenberg (310), Oberlin (298) and Hiram (136).

Night three opened with the Kenyon 200-medley relay quartet of sophomores Crile Hart (Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken School), Makena Markert (Greensboro, NC/Southwest Guilford), Caylee Hamilton (Wadsworth, IL/Woodlands Academy Sacred Heart) and Emmis Mirus (Madison, WI/West) breaking the NCAC record and logging an NCAA "B" cut with a winning time of 1:40.48. In the first individual event of the night, Denison junior Natalie Zaravella (Victor, NY/Victor) picked up her second-consecutive NCAC 400 IM title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:24.03. Sophomore Maddie Hopkins (Chico, CA/Chico) outpaced the field in the "A" finals of the 100 butterfly earning the win for the Big Red with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.68. Kenyon claimed the top-four spots in the 200 freestyle to overtake Denison in the women's standings and was led by senior Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) who claimed her second-consecutive title in the event with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.91. Denison junior KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight School) logged her third-consecutive title in the 100 breaststroke in record-setting fashion as she posted a time of 1:00.74, which not only surpassed the NCAC record but also earned her an NCAA "A" cut and gave Denison the lead in the standings. Kenyon's Hart then put the Ladies back in front of the standings after winning the 100 backstroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.02. In the final event of Friday night, Denison junior Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) completed a clean sweep in the diving well, winning the one-meter competition with a regional-qualifying score of 447.40. The Big Red placed three divers in the top four tallying 95 points to end the night at the top of the standings.

In the first men's event on Friday night, the Denison team of senior Carson Clear (Fort Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge), senior Kenny Fox (Juneau, AK/Thunder Mountain), freshman Colin MacMillan (Bay Village, OH/Bay) and junior Kymani Senior (White Plains, NY/Woodlands) topped the field in the 200-medley relay giving the Big Red their seventh-consecutive title with an NCAA "B" cut and in an NCAC-record time of 1:27.99. Sophomore John Stauffer (Skillman, NJ/Montgomery) completed the sweep of the 400 IM events on Friday evening for Denison after recorded an NCAA "B" cut winning time of 3:55.55. Kenyon sophomore David Fitch (Conway, MA/Williston Northampton) broke the four-year streak of Denison by reaching the wall first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.60 in the 100 butterfly in 48.60. Senior Robert Williams (Gambier, OH/Mount Vernon) then posted a winning and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:39.21 in the 200 free for the Lords. Kenyon then added another conference crown in the next individual event as senior Humphrey Pruett (Minneapolis, MN/Blake School) topped the championship field with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.88 in the 100 breaststroke. Kenyon's Fitch climbed to the top of the podium once again in the final swimming event on Friday as he recorded an NCAA "B" cut in the 100 backstroke, becoming only the second men's swimmer in league history to win the event with a sub 48-second time after he reached the wall in 47.89. 

Visit the championship website for complete results from day two: (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.