GRANVILLE, Ohio—The Denison men swept all six events on Friday night at the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship. In the process, the Big Red extended their lead over Kenyon to 154 points through 13 of 21 events. Heading into the final day, Denison leads with 1,299 points and Kenyon is second with 1,145. DePauw trails in third place with 776.5 points and Wabash is fourth with 616.
Senior Jack Lindell defended his title in the 400 IM by holding off sophomore teammate Ryan Stevenson with a winning time of 3.56.35. Lindell pulled ahead with an impressive backstroke split, but Stevenson turned in a 53.07 split in the freestyle to get within .32 of Lindell, touching in 3:56.67. For the second-straight year, Lindell has captured both the 200 IM and the 400 IM. Prior to last year, no male swimmer had ever won both events in the same year. Following in fourth place was Matt Hedman (3:59.98). Francis Biagioli took fifth in 4:00.68 while Bebe Wang touched seventh in 4:03.88.
In the 100 backstroke, Jason Wesseling defended his crown with a season-best 'B' cut time of 49.20. It marked the 10th time in school history a Denison swimmer has won the event at the conference championship. Carson Clear finished in fifth place with a time of 50.79.
Fox was the winner in the 100 fly as he led a group of five Denison swimmers to top-seven finishes. Fox touched in 49.42 for the win. Eric Gerlach was third at 50.00 and Wesseling was fifth in 50.15. Kymani Senior touched sixth with a time of 50.19 while Clear logged a seventh place finish in 50.42.
In the 200 freestyle, Dauksher became the 15th Denison swimmer to win the event after hitting the wall in 1:39.45. Stuart Hohm placed third in 1:40.11 while Zach Wagner posted a 'B' cut time of 1:40.41. Max Howes was sixth in 1:40.45 and Ben Burdick placed first in the B-Final with a time of 1:40.26.
Foster-Smith prevailed with a season-best 'B' cut time of 55.62 and Jake Ball took fourth in 56.94. It was the 12th time a DU swimmer has won the event and the fifth time out of the last six years. Damon Rosenburg won four-straight 100 breaststroke titles from 2012-15.
The night opened with a victory in the 200 medley relay as Clear, Foster-Smith, Fox and Wagner combined for a season-best time of 1:30.13 to win the event for fifth consecutive year. Wagner closed out the victory with a 20.01 50 free split.
Saturday's events consist of the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 fly, 400 free relay, 3-meter diving and for the first time, the 100 IM. Prelims start at 10 a.m. and finals will commence at 6:30 p.m.