OXFORD, Ohio—Top-ranked Denison won the Miami Invitational for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday night at the Nixon Aquatic Center. The Big Red totaled 1,013.5 points over the course of the three-day meet. They outdistanced second-place Emory by 228 points. Washington-St. Louis placed third with 660 points and Indiana University was fourth with 613.5. The eight-team field was rounded out by Miami (463), Milwaukee (352), Missouri-St. Louis (257.5) and Urbana (36).
Senior Jack Lindell won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:46.68. First-year Bebe Wang took second in 1:47.44 while Jason Wesseling (5th – 1:48.97) and Kevin Benson (7th - 1:50.32) rounded out the A-Final finishers for the Big Red. All four times were season-best NCAA 'B' cut times.
In the 200 breaststroke, Denison's Jake Ball logged a career-best time of 1:59.91 to finish second. Ball's time was good enough for a 'B' cut. First-place in the even went to Emory's Andrew Wilson who broke his own national record in the event with a time of 1:51.15. Other top performers for DU in the 200 breaststroke was Tiernan Foster-Smith who took eighth in 2:04.16 and Ryan Stevenson who placed second in the B-Final in 2:02.62. Both times were 'B' cuts for Foster-Smith and Stevenson.
In the 1,650 freestyle, Matt Hedman led a stable of five DU swimmers to top-18 finishes. Hedman placed sixth in 15:47.47 while Ben Burdick followed in seventh at 15:48.12. In 11th and 12th place, respectively was Jackson Berman and James Baker. Berman touched in 16:00.73 while Baker completed the mile-long race in 16:03.49. All four times were 'B' cuts.
Eric Gerlach touched fifth in the A-Final of the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.62. Victor Lowe placed ninth with a time of 46.49 while Kenny Fox won the B-Final with a time of45.67. Max Howes checked in 11th and Stuart Hohm was 17th.
Lindell returned to finish third in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.63 and Aaron Saccurato followed with an eighth place finish and time of 1:52.10. Tim Smith (11th – 1:52.12) and Francis Biagioli (12th – 1:52.31) closed the event for the Big Red.
The meet was capped off by a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay thanks to a time of 3:01.27 by Fox, Gerlach, Matt McHugh and Howes.
Denison will return to the pool on Sunday, January 8 at 12 p.m. when they host DePauw University at the Trumbull Aquatics Center.