March 20, 2013

Weik repeats in 500 Free; DU second overall

With four of 20 events in the books, Denison sits in second-place at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships from Conroe Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

The Big Red totaled 89 points while competing in just three of the four event finals on Wednesday night.  Kenyon sits in first place with 110 points, while MIT trails DU by one point, as they tallied 88 points on the first night of competition.

The championship got off to a rousing start for the Denison faithful as junior Al Weik successfully defended his crown in the 500 free.  Weik cruised to his second-straight national championship in the event by touching the wall in 4:23.99.  That marked the sixth national title of Weik's career.

In the second event, the 200 individual medley, DU racked up 35 team points by scattering four swimmers between the championship and consolation heats.  In the championship race, Quinn Bartlett placed third in 1:49.02.  In the morning prelims, Bartlett set a new school record, touching in 1:48.93.  His third-place finish marked a 15-spot improvement over last year's 18th place showing in the 200 IM.

First-year Joe Brunk would earn his first All-America certificate after placing eighth in 1:51.07.  In the consolation heat it was Carlos Maciel who placed 11th (1:49.77) and Spencer Fronk who took 15th (1:51.18).

Denison did not have a competitor qualify for the 50 freestyle but the 200 medley relay team of Sean Chabot, Damon Rosenburg, Andrew Rich, and Bartlett did place second with a time of 1:28.66.  Denison led the race early on, but on the butterfly leg, MIT's Wyatt Ubellacker posted a 20.44 split that gave his team a slight lead.  Over the final 50 yards of freestyle action, MIT's Craig Cheney edged Bartlett at the wall.

Denison picked up 34 points in the relay while MIT logged 40 points.  Emory placed third in the event while Kenyon checked in fourth.

On Thursday, DU will return to action in six events, including the men's 1-meter dive that will feature senior Gabe Dixson and first-year Ben Lewis.  Morning preliminaries will kick off at 11 a.m. EST with the 200 free relay.  That will be followed by the 400 IM, the 100 fly, the 200 free, and the 400 medley relay. 

View Wednesday's photo gallery on Facebook.