- Watch post-race interview with 400 IM champ, Jack Lindell
- Watch post-dive interview with 1-Meter champ, Max Levy
- NCAA Swimming & Diving Central
SHENANDOAH, Texas-- Denison trails only two teams at the midway point of the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship. Through 10 events, Denison has amassed 193 points. Kenyon sits in second with 214.5 points while Emory is the leader with 244. Over the next two days, the Big Red be looking to chisel away at Emory's 51-point lead and with 10 events remaining, there is still time.
It was a big night on the winner's podium as Jack Lindell jump started the Big Red by winning his second-straight national championship in the 400 individual medley. Lindell broke his own Denison varsity record, set at last year's Division III Championship in Greensboro, N.C., by touching in 3:47.31. This is the fourth time a Denison swimmer has captured a national title in the 400 IM. Matt Trumbull did it in 1996 and 1998 followed by Lindell in each of the last two years. This is the fifth national title for Lindell which moves him into fourth place on the Big Red's all-time list.
Also competing in the 400 IM was Matt Hedman who placed seventh in 3:59.09. He picked up 12 points toward the Big Red's cause. That also came on the heels of his 12th place finish in last night's 500 free relay.
In the consolation heat of the 400 IM, first-year Bebe Wang finished third in the heat and 11th overall with a time of 3:58.06.
Denison senior Max Levy won the national championship on the 1-meter board following an 11-dive score of 533.45. This was Levy's second national title on the 1-meter board. Since 2014, he has finished fourth (2014), first (2015), fourth (2016) and first (2017). It also marked his third career national championship which moves him past former teammate Ben Lewis '16 and into first place in terms of diving national titles at DU. In tonight's final, Levy was cruising right along with scores of 63.80, 61.50 and 66.65 on his first three attempts. He encountered a little bit of trouble on his 305C, reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck, scoring a 24.00. He dropped to second momentarily but quickly recovered with dives of 63.70 and a 72.00 on his reverse 1 ½ somersault 2 ½ twist free (5335D) to come away with gold. Second-place went to Samuel Randall of SUNY-Geneseo.
Fellow senior, Brian Allen, qualified for the consolation final after a 10th place showing on the 1-meter board in preliminaries. Allen finished in 13th place with a score of 427.50. This was the fifth All-American certificate in his career.
Kenny Fox posted a seventh place finish in the 100 butterfly after he hit the wall in 48.67 seconds. It marked the first individual event All-American finish for Fox and his third of the meet. Checking in 14th was Liam Marsden-Readford in 49.13. After the 100 fly, Denison moved into third place with 130 points.
In the 200 freestyle, sophomore Walter Dauksher placed sixth after his time of 1:38.01. In preliminaries of the 200 free, Denison suffered a few more tough breaks as Zach Wagner, Stuart Hohm and Ryan Stevenson just missed the finals by placing 17th, 19th and 22nd, respectively.
In the opening event of the night, DU placed 10th in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:22.14. In the morning, it was a logjam to make the finals and the Big Red found themselves on the outside looking into the A-Final by only .07. Swimming on the 200 free relay was Max Howes, Fox, Eric Gerlach and Wagner. Rowan won the B-Final in 1:21.88.
The night was capped off by a sixth place finish in the 400 medley relay as Jason Wesseling, Tiernan Foster-Smith, Marsden-Readford and Wagner touched in 3:17.15 marking a .68 second drop from their preliminary time. Emory won the relay by more than five seconds, posting a new national record time of 3:10.51.
Denison returns for day three of four on Friday morning. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. CST with finals commencing at 6 p.m. CST. On Friday, Denison will compete in the 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and the 800 freestyle relay.