GRANVILLE, Ohio-- The 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships got underway on Wednesday night at the Trumbull Aquatics Center. Through one event on the men's side, Denison sits in first place with 70 points while Kenyon sits in second with 62. Through two women's events, the Big Red sits atop the standings with 210 points. Kenyon is second with 113 points and Allegheny sits third with 112.
The Denison men logged the first victory of the championship on Wednesday as the 800 freestyle relay team posted an NCAC record time of 6:34.29. The time was also a new pool record, shattering the previous record of 6:37.24 set by Kenyon in 2015.
Stuart Hohm led things off with a 1:39.56 split on his 200. Max Howes followed with an excellent start and finished with a 1:38.49 split. By the time Walt Dauksher hit the water, Denison had a slight lead on Kenyon. Swimming against Kenyon's Ambert Sawaya, Dauksher opened up a one and a half length lead as Ryan Stevenson took over for the final 200. Stevenson turned in the fastest split of the relay at 1:37.59 to clinch the victory. Denison dropped 6.66 seconds off their previous season-best time of 6:40.95 set in December. Kenyon touched second in 6:39.68 and DePauw placed third at 6:45.79.
Denison first-year Allison Fitzgerald captured the first conference championship of her career by totaling an 11-dive score of 461.00 on the 3-meter board. Her second dive of the finals, an inward 2 ½ somersault tuck (405 C), resulted in her best single-dive score, a 52.65.
Sophomore Emma Weber finished second at 409.25 while Naomi Clayton took fourth with a score of 378.05. Denison's diving quintuplet was closed out by Sarah Lopez in sixth place (362.45) and Katherine Hennigan in seventh (349.90).
In the women's 800 free relay, Denison's team of Campbell Costley, Hannah Rusinko, Erica Hsu, Alex Elizeus logged a time of 7:31.00 to place second. Kenyon won the race in 7:27.95.
The two teams will return to the Trumbull Aquatics Center on Thursday for preliminaries in the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay and the men's 1-meter dive. Prelims start at 10 a.m. with finals commencing at 6:30 p.m.