Big Red off to fast start in Oxford

The first night of the 2012 Miami Invite is in the books.
The first night of the 2012 Miami Invite is in the books.

The Denison men's and women's swimming teams opened the Miami Invitational with strong finishes in the opening two events of the three-day meet.

On the men's side, junior Al Weik, the NCAA Division III national record-holder in the 1650 freestyle, picked up his "A" cut with a winning time of 15:36.77 in the mile.

DU also posted a win in the 800 free relay as Sean Chabot, Carlos Maciel, Jackson Humphrey and Spencer Fronk combined for an 'A' cut time of 6:39.26.

The Denison men lead the Miami Invitational through two events with 226 points.  Wright State University is second with 222 points.

In women's events, DU sits in second-place through two events with 259 points.  First place belongs to the host, Redhawks, with 339 points.

Denison got a 13th place finish from first-year Taylor Johns in the 1,650 free after a 'B' cut time of 17:19.75.  Mary Cullen and Janet Watson followed in 15th and 16th place, respectively with NCAA provisional times.  Cullen touched in 17:22.54 and Watson finished in 17:22.97.  Also posting a 'B' cut in the mile was sophomore Elizabeth Flaherty who placed 21st.

In the 800 freestyle relay, Denison posted an automatic qualifying time of 7:32.80 which placed them fourth overall.  Swimming in the relay was Alyssa Swanson, Michelle Howell, Libby Dalziel, and Molly Willingham.  Denison will return to action for preliminaries on Friday morning at 9 a.m. in Oxford, Ohio.  The Denison divers will compete on Friday and Saturday at the Calvin College Winter Invitational.