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Kustritz highlights day two in Oxford

KT Kustritz
KT Kustritz

OXFORD, Ohio-- Denison first-year KT Kustritz set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke, highlighting day two of the Miami Invitational.

As a team, Denison sits in fifth place with 351 points.  Miami leads with 785 while Emory sits second with 430.5.  Milwaukee is in third-place (385) and Bowling Green sits in fourth, just 16.5 points ahead of the Big Red with 367.5 points.  DU holds a comfortable 134 point lead over sixth-place Washington-St. Louis.

In morning preliminaries, Kustritz broke Natalie Lugg's varsity record of 1:02.27 that was set in 2014 when she touched the wall in 1:01.71.  After posting the best time in prelims, Kustritz broke her own record with a time of 1:01.46.  Not only was the time a new Denison record, it was also a NCAA A-Cut, the first of the year by a Denison swimmer.  Swimming in the B-Final of the 100 breast, Kate Mesaros placed 15th in 1:05.20.

Second-place in the 100 butterfly went to senior Carolyn Kane who ended with a season-best 'B' cut time of 54.67.  Zoe Whelan ended in 12th place with a time of 56.28 which was also good for a 'B' cut.

In the 200 freestyle, Campbell Costley placed fourth in 1:50.56 while Alex Elizeus ended up in 16th after a time of 1:52.92.  Costley's time was a 'B' cut and season-best performance.

Three DU swimmers finished in the top-13 in the 400 IM as Natalie Zaravella led the trio with a fifth-place showing.  She touched with a time of 4:25.25.  Halli Garza won the B-Final in 4:25.17 and Erica Hsu ended up fourth in the heat and 13th overall with her time of 4:28.97.  All three times were season-best 'B' cuts.

In the 100 backstroke, Casey Kirby was Denison's top performer with an eighth place finish in 56.28.  Jacquelyn Kurkjian was 17th in 57.72.

Denison's lone relay of the night was the 200 medley relay where Kirby, Kustritz, Angela Le and Kane placed fifth with a 'B' cut time of 1:42.86.  Kane's 22.99 freestyle split was the second-fastest in the race.

The Big Red return to the pool on Saturday for preliminaries at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m.

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