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.
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.
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.