Denison's men got off to an excellent start at the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship thanks to a stellar showing from the Big Red men's divers.
The 3-meter dive opened the championship on Wednesday night and the Big Red occupied five of the top six spots in the final standings and now lead second-place Oberlin by 85 points and more importantly, lead rival Kenyon College by 135 points heading into Thursday's swimming events.
Denison junior Gabe Dixson captured his second-straight title in the 3-meter competition with a meet record and NCAA qualifying score of 568.80. That bested an NCAC record which had stood since 1991 when Allegheny's Doug Tucker posted a score of 541.20.
The top five finishers in the event all met NCAA qualifying marks on the three-meter board, including Denison freshman Connor Dignan in second with 541.75 points, Oberlin freshman Chris McLauchlan in third with 517.75 points, Denison freshman Connor Dorff in fourth with 476.10 points, senior Phil Meyer in fifth with 439.65 points and sophomore Matt Poulos in sixth with 417.65 points.
Denison swimmers will continue on Thursday with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m.