In what will be Denison's last stop before the NCAA Division III Championships in Houston, Texas, the Big Red were seeking faster times at the Kenyon Last Chance meet in Gambier, Ohio.
Sophomore Matt Montague posted the biggest jump with his three second improvement while winning the 400 IM in 3:58.39. That's a strong 'B' cut that hopefully will punch his ticket to the Lone Star State. Another new 'B' cut came from rookie Nathan Thorne in the 1650 freestyle. His time of 16:08.86 came in the mile time trial.
First-year Kevin Brinegar recorded a new 'B' time in the 200 fly time trial, touching in 1:53.66. Steffen Listerman improved his time in the 200 back to 1:50.69, and the 200 free relay team of Ryan Fleming, Conrad Wuorinen, Nick Spaniel, and Spencer Fronk upped their 'B' cut time to 1:21.72.
In the diving events, Ben Lewis posted a score of 505.95 to win the 1-meter board. He returned with a score of 508.05 in the 3-meter board. His teammate, Matt Poulos, took second in the 3-meter, totaling 493.00.
Rounding out the improved provisional qualifying times was Ben Snader in the 100 breaststroke (56.84). In the 500 free, Conner Downard won the event in 4:35.75, and Ian Delahunty took first in the 200 fly, touching in 1:56.46.
The Denison divers will return to action on March 1-2 at the NCAA Division III Diving Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich. The swimmers will begin its push for the NCAA Division III Championship on March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas.