OXFORD, Ohio—Halli Garza won the 200 fly and KT Kustritz broke another varsity record as Denison placed fifth at the 2016 Miami Invitational. DU finished with 503 points, just 4.5 points behind fourth-place, Bowling Green. Third-place went to Milwaukee with 569 points while second-place was occupied by Emory with 643.5. The team championship went to Miami with 1,138.5 points. Finishing in positions 6-10 was Washington-St. Louis (303), Ball State (286.5), Indiana (256), Missouri-St. Louis (52) and Urbana (24).
Garza, already Denison's record-holder in the 200 fly, won the event with a season-best time of 2:02.48. Zoe Whelan took third in 2:04.39. Both times were NCAA provisional qualifying times and Whelan's prelim time of 2:04.16 will go down as her best of the season.
On Friday, Kustritz broke Natalie Lugg's varsity record in the 100 breaststroke. On Saturday she duplicated the feat, placing third in the 200 breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:15.90, breaking Lugg's school record time of 2:16.29 set in 2014. In the C-Final of the 200 breast, Kate Mesaros won the race with a 'B' cut time of 2:22.33.
The night was kicked off by Campbell Costley in the 1,650 freestyle where she placed sixth with a time of 16:57.85. Natalie Zaravella took 12th in 17:15.11 and Hannah Rusinko ended in 18th at 17:31.28. All three times were 'B' cuts.
Carolyn Kane was DU's top performer in the 100 freestyle after a 'B' cut time of 50.86. In the 200 backstroke, it was Erica Hsu's 11th place finish and time of 2:02.11 that set the pace for Denison. Casey Kirby was 19th to win the C-Final with a 'B' cut of 2:02.77. Jacquelyn Kurkjian followed in 22nd place in 2:03.65.
The Miami Invitational was wrapped up with a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay as Kane, Kirby, Nutter and Kustritz posted a time of 3:25.77.