2014 DIII National Championship Day Final Day Real Time Recaps

Follow along with us as we breakdown each race as it happens over the course of the night.  Tonight’s events are the 1650 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay.

You can read the Prelims Recap here.



Competing in tonight’s final: Dobben, Turpin, Weik, Ledwith, Conover, Greenhalgh, Chevalier and Resman. Right out and up is Weik at 24.86. Second is Chevalier in a 25.15. I think no one is under any illusions about Weik winning this event; he’s going to – the question is only how fast. And who will be second. AT the 150 it’s Weik in 1:18.43 and Dobben second. Looks like Conover is in third. 1:45.8 for the 200 from Weik. Turpin is right behind Dobben in second and third. Weik is holding 27.3s at this point. He’s already established about a quarter pool lead over the pack. 300 – 2:40.4. Second is Greenhalgh in 2:44. Weik is ahead of record pace right now. Greenhalgh is second with Conover in third. Anyone else splittting under 28s is only barely under. At the 500, Weik is out at 4:30.54. Second is Greenhalgh in 4:35 with Conover at 4:36. If Weik continues as he is, he’ll be under the 15 minute mark, a crowning achievement. Greenhalgh is picking up a little bit. He’s got a body length on Conover. Dobben looks like he may make a move for third. At the 800 it’s a 7:17.13. That’s just about on record pace. The record is his own. Greenhalgh is putting distance between himself and Conover. Still five seconds behind Weik though. Ledwith is beginning to catch up to Conover. At the 1000 mark, Weik is a 9:07.34. Greenhalgh is 9:13.13. Conover at 9:17. Greenhalgh continues to widen the gap between himself and Conover. Ledwith moving up to challenge. Ledwith less than a second behind Conover now. Weik is dead even on pace to break the record by a little less than half a second. With 400 to go, Weik is still holding onto those 27-mids. Greenhalgh is begining to pick up his kick. It’s Conover and Ledwith racing. With 300 to go, Weik is still on pace. Ledwith is right with Conover fighting for third. Weik laps Chevalier. With 150 to go, he’s at 13:43.80. Greenhalgh is beginning to kick like a demon. He’s still too far back to catch Weik. Ledwith and Conover are battling it out in the center lanes. 100 to go and Weik is fallin off a little. Split a 27.8. And now he brings his kick into it! At the bell lap he’s at 14:38.92. He finishing at a 15:05.60. Second to Greenhalgh in 15:12.98. Third to Conover who came home in a 24.89 to hold off Ledwith. Conover’s final time is 15:19.33. 


Competing in tonight’s final: Lindblom, McDermott, Costley, Johns, Newsum-Schoenburg, Williamson, Thompson and Pierce. That’s four sets of teammates: Emory, Kenyon, Denison and Williams. Thompson is the defending champion and she is out with Pierce in 26.9 and 27.1. The two of them are swimming in seven and eight, right by each other; the other teammates are a little more spread out. At the 200, Thompson is 1:56.9 with Pierce right on her hip. The field is split into two groups – the two Williams girls are about four or five body lengths ahead of the other six women, who are all swimming right across in a line. Thompson beginning to set up some distance between herself and Pierce. Third is Williamson, dueling with Newsum-Schoenburg. The teams are beginning to separate with Emory and Kenyon moving up in pairs, with Denison behind. Williams’ Thompson is still clearly in the lead, with Williamson and Newsum-Schoenburg beginning to catch her. At the 500, Thompson is 4:57.53. Pierce is second with Williamson third. Thompson continues to lead. Williamson has taken over second with Pierce dropped to fifth. Third is Lindblom all the way across the pool with Newsum-Schoenburg and McDermott right behind. The Denison pair of Johns and Costley are stroke for stroke about a body length behind the Emory pair. At the 750, Thompson still holding low 30s. Lindblom takes over the second place with Williamson third. Lindblom really pulling away. Thompson is still in a commanding lead heading for the 1000 mark. At the 1000, Thompson is 10:00.60. Lindblom at 10:08.1 and Williamson 10:11.0. McDermott moves up to take over third. Lindblom still in second by about two body lengths. Johns is coming up to make it a race with Williamson and Newsum-Schoenburg. With 500 to go, Thompson is at 11.31.24, still holding 30.3. Second is Lindblom with McDermott taking over third and Newsum-Shoenburg in fourth. Johns moves up to take fourth. McDermott starts taking it away, chasing after Lindblom. Thompson more than half the pool ahead. At the 1300, she’s a 13:02.15. lindblom second nine seconds behind. McDermott third with three seconds behind her. Johns fourth, Newsum-Schoenburg in fifth. Williamson has faded to fifth and is fighting Costley. McDermott is gaining on Lindblom. Thompson almost a full pool length ahead. With a 200 to go, she’s at 14:32.92. Lindblom still second, McDermott third. Johns fourth. Final 150 and Thompson is at 15:02, and splitting 30.0s. Second is McDermott, taking over from Lindblom with Johns closing hard. Thompson puts up a 29.7 with one 50 to go! Second is McDermott with Johns taking over third. Thompson puts up a 16:31.17! Second is McDermott at 16:43.79. Third for Johns at 16:47.37.


Competing in the consolation final: Duronio, Fatham, Fiorillo, Gratz, Kimball, Wuorinen, Sholtis and Mering. Gratz spent a lot of time in the air on that one. Fatham out first to the 25. At the 50 it goes to Fatham still in 21.28. Second is Wuorinen with Duronio in third. At the 75 it’s Fatham with Duronio in third and Wuorinen in third. To the 100 it is Fatham in 44.64, second to Gratz at 44.87 and third to Wuorinen in 44.97.

And now for the finalists…Potter, Brindamour, Poltash, Culberson, Tarnowski, Lordi, Caldwell and Fleming. First to the 25 is Potter with Culberson second and Lordi in third. At the 50 it’s Potter at 20.95, second is Poltash with Culberson in third. At the 75 it goes to Poltash with Potter second and Culberson third. At thee wall it’s Culberson with a 44.18. Caldwell is second in 44.46 and third is Tarnowski in 44.49.


Competing in the consolation final: Max, Rinsma, Townsend, Olson, Van Leuven, Nitz, Nuess and McLeod. Up and out to the 25 it’s Nitz with RInsma second and Nuess in third. At the 50 it’s Nitz in 24.45, Rinsma second and Van Leuven third. To the 75, it is Nitz still in the lead with Van Leuven second. At the wall, it goes to Nitz in 50.90 with Olson second in 51.46. Third goes to McLeod who got into this heat via a swim off. Put up a 51.40.

And now for the finalists… Kane, Yarosh, Larson, Pennington, Bogdanovski, Cline, Ternes, and Pielock. Right up and out to the 25 it’s Bogdanovski with Pennington second and Yarosh in third. At the 50 it goes to Bogdanovski in a 23.80 with Pennington still right on her. Larson in third. To the 75, Pennington takes over the lead, Larson still third. And to the wall, it looks to go to Pennington in a 49.41! Bogdanovski is third with a 49.66. Third is Larson in 50.33.


Competing in the consolation final: Sun, Lindell, Jokubaitis, Brus, Mattix, Boley, Hogan and Anderson. Brus has the NCAA record in this event. Anderson made his way into this final via a three way swim off. Mattix looks like the early leader. First to the 50 is Brus with a 25.1 with Jokubaitis second and Mattix in third. At the 100 it’s Jokubaitis, Brus and Mattix with Anderson right with them on the outside. Jokubaitis puts a little distance between himself and Lindell and Brus who are on his hip. With 50 to go, it’s Jokubaitis, Brus in second and MAattixx third. Down the homestretch, Jokubaitis picking up the tempo, but it looks like – Jokubaitis in 1:47.87, with Boley in second at 1:48.03 and third for Brus in 1:48.07.

And now for the finalists… Bowen, Davis, Lin, Lindgren, Curley, Porrazzo, Spock and Humphrey. Looks like Spock is the early leader at the 25. He’s almost a body length ahead of the enxt fastest coming into the 50 with a 24.32. Second is Lindgren with Davis in third. Spock holds it to the 75, but it looks like Lindgren will be at the 100. It’s Lindgren in 51.22 at the 100, with Lin second and Spock is back to third. Lindgren putting some strength into it now at the 150. It’s Lindgren, then Lin with Curley in close attendance, all within half a second. It looks like it’s going to be Lingren to the 175. Lin moving up. Curley working those underwaters. And at the flags too close to call but it goes to – Curley! In a 1:45.11. Lindgren is second in 1:45.42. Third to Lin. Curley came back with a 26.2 on that last 50.


Competing in the consolation finals: Jedryka, Dalziel, Thompson, Reynolds, Rogers, Fox, Daher and Jackson. MIT has two in this heat. Looks like it’s going to be Thompson to the first wall. Second looks like it’ll be Jedryka. At the 50 it’s Thompson in 28.11. Second is Daher with Rogers in third. Daher moving up a little bit along with Fox. At the 100 it’s Thompson still in the lead at 59.0 with Fox second and Daher third by .05. Thompson really working those underwaters to start building a lead at the 150. Daher is second. Jackson moves into third. With 25 to go it’s Thompson, pulling away. Jackson moving up. And at the wall it’s Thompson first with a 2:00.82 and second is Jackson from the outside land in 2:01.27 and third goes to Reynolds in 2:01.38.

And now for the finalists… Wall, Tinklenberg, Bennett, Slagel, Kitayama, Nennig, Oberholzer, and Hong. Oberholzer out to the 25 first. In the middle of the pool Kitayama is taking it away. At the 50 it’s Kitayama in 27.3 with Slagel and Bennett right with her. AT the 75, Kitayama moving away. Slagel right up on her hip. Down the 100, and it’s Kitayama at the 100 with a 56.8, Slagel second and Bennett in third. Kitayama making some distance. Slagel not letting up easily. Kitayama turns at the 150 still leading. Slagel right up on her. Slagel right on her hip. Slagel makes a move for the top space. It’s dead even under the flags – and it goes to Slagel! In a 1:58.38 with Kitayama second. Third to Bennett. 1:58.74 for Kitayama and a 1:59.28 for Bennett.


Competing in the consolation final: Rosenburg, Evans, Shangle, NIckley, Reardon, Lagieski, Walthall and Brunk. From a points perspective, Denison has the swing on Kenyon in this heat with three bodies to one. Out with a great pull out to the wall it’s Reardon. At the 50, though it’s going to be Shangle. Reardon is second and Rosenburg is third. Reardon still second at the 75. Lageski coming up on him. Shangle at the 100 in a 57.1 with Reardon second and Rosenburg still in third. Shangle building up that lead. He’s about two body lengths ahead. Rosenburg making a move. At the 150, it’ll be Shangle with Reardon barely second and Rosen burg right on him. 25 to go and Shangle holds the lead. Rosenburg moves up. Reardon fighting. And it’s Shangle with a 2:01.14. Second is Reardon with a 2:01.63 to tie with Lagieski.

And now for the finalists…Lattimer, Cochran, Manz, Card, Van Deventer, Wilson, Beckwith and Liao. That’s two Lords in this top heat to balance out the Big Red swimmers in the consos. Up first and out to a quick start at the 25 is WIlson. Looks like Card second. At the 50 it’s Liao with Card second and Wilson third. Liao out in 26.7. Liao holding that lead in the outside lane. He’s first to the 100 with a 56.83. Second is Wilson with Card still in third. TO the 2150, Van Deventer moves up with a 30.0 split with Wilson second and Manz in third. As the cruise donw the backstretch, it looks like it’ll be a battle between Van Deventer and Wilson. And it goes t o Van Deventer in 1:58.21. Second is Wilson at 1:58.54. A tie for third with Manz and Card at 1:59.62. Lots of ties tonight.


Competing in the consolation final: Chang, Gan, Collins, Strom, Bednarek, Bagley, Ngo and Hillas. Great pull out off the start is Ngo. She’s first to the 25 with Strom right on her. On the way to the 50, it’s Strom in 30.62 with Ngo right with her. Gan is third. Strom leads to the 75 as well. At the 100, Strom is a 1:05.84 and Ngo is second. Gan remains in third. With a 75 to go Chang is moving up to challenge Gan. Ngo begins to fade. Bednarek moving up. It’s Strom, Gan, Ngo. With a 25 left, it looks to be Bednarek, Gan and Strom. Down the backstretch, it’s going to go to Strom with a 2:18.81. Second is Gan in 2:19.28 and Collins is third in 2:19.47.

And now for the finalists…McKenzie, Lugg, Kaestner, Beach, Aronoff, Spaay, Hyde and Kowalsky. Emory owns half the lanes in this heat. Out to the 25 first looks to be Spaay. Over in lane one McKenzie is moving up. It’s Spaay to the wall first in 30.36. second is Aronoff with McKenzie right in third. Spaay continues the narrow lead with Aronoff right on her. Moving down to the 100 Aronoff looks to pull ahead. They touch with Aronoff at 1:04.99 and Spaay in second. Third is Beach. Aronoff making moves towards the 150 – Emory may finally have a national champion at this meet. With a 50 to go it’s clearly Aronoff with Beach second and Kowalsky in third. This could be a fantastic sweep for the Eagles! No stopping Aronoff now. It goes Aronoff with a 2:14.37, second to Beach with a 2:14.73, third to Kowalsky in 2:16.12 for an Eagle sweep!


Competing in the finals: Sheridan, Zarka, Linsmayer, Jordan, Griesemer, Thompson, Murdoch and Greene. After round one, it’s Zarka in the lead with Linsmayer second and Jordan third. After the second round, Zarka remains in the lead with Linsmayer second, and Thompson takes over the third place spot. After the third round, Linsmayer moves into first place with Zarka second. Jordan regains third. With two rounds to go, Zarka is leading by just under five points. Linsmayer is second with Thompson back in third. With just one round left, Zarka is building her lead. Thompson is second with Linsmayer less than a point behind in third. At the end of the final round, it is Zarka with the win with 494.15 points. Second place goes to Linsmayer with 486.25 points. Third is Thompson with 485.95 points.


Competing in the consolation finals: Williams, Conn, Stevens, Emory, JHU, Keene St, St Olaf and Albion. This should be pretty tight as a race. Out to the first 50 is JHU with a 21.6. Second is St Olaf with Keene St in third. At the 100 it’s Emory with JHU in second and St Olaf third. Emory was at 45.06. Emory builds a lead. It’s Emory, JHU and st Olaf at the 50 of the second leg. Coming in for the exchange, Emory leads with JHU right on them. St Olaf is third with Keene St challenging. AT the 50 for the third leg, Emory still in control JHU second and Keene St third. JHU is moving up with Keene St on Emory. At the wall it’s Emory, JHU and Keene St. JHU moving up on Emory. At the 50 it’s JHU over Emory with Keene St still in third. JHU riding it out to the 75 with Emory on his hip. He’s bringing it home like a crazy person! It goes to JHU in 3:00.54. Second is Emory in 3:01.16. Third is Keene St with a 3:02.36.

And now for the finalists… DePauw, Chicago, Kenyon, TCNJ, Denison, Gettysburg, MIT, and CMS. Out and up front early is Gettysburg in lane 6. At the 50 out with a 21.08. Second is MIT with Chicago in third. To the 100 it’s Gettysbug with MIT second and TCNJ third. Gettysburg still in the lead at the 50. TCNJ second. DePauw moving up from lane 1. TCNJ takes over the lead heading for the 100. It’s TCNJ, Denison and Gettysburg. TCNJ running away but Denison is chasing them down. DePauw is third. Denison moving up ever closer. At the 75, still TCNJ with DePauw on his hip. And it’s TCNJ first with Denison second and DePauw third. AWith a 50 to go, It’s Denison then TCNJ then DePauw! At the last 25, TCNJ regains the lead. It’s TCNJ, Denison and – at t he wall it’s TCNJ with a 2:58.07! Second is Denison in 2:58.67. Third is Gettysburg with a 2:59.70.


Internet error and a fire alarm has robbed us unfortunately of play-by-play on the women’s 400 freestyle relays. The consolation final was won by Williams in 3:27.33. Second was DePauw with a 3:27.42. Third was Wash U with a 3:27.53.

In the final heat, JHU completed its sweep of the relays by posting a 3:22.44 for the victory. They lead nearly the whole way. Kenyon was second with a 3:22.84 and in third was Emory with a 3:24.76.

Men’s Final Team Scores

1. Kenyon 480
2. Denison 472
3. Emory 246.5
4. JHU 245
5. MIT 236
7. CMS 164
8. Williams 153
9. Keene St 149
10. Chicago

Women’s Final Team Scores

1. Emory 595.5
2. Kenyon 465.5
3. JHU 387
4. Denison 374.5
5. Williams 272
6. Amherst 185
7. Gustavus 154
8. Wash U 134
9. MIT 123.5
10. Chicago 122

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Dean Ottati


Really appreciate the coverage. The last men’s relay is going to be electric!



Andrew Majeske

Ok–Kenyon is up 16 going into the relay. Conservatively, Denison lost 20 points by not getting their 200 relays into the A finals (I am assuming they could have earned 5th place finishes–their ultimate times might have placed a bit higher). If Denison loses this, as looks likely, I think Parini needs to own up to a strategy mistake that probably cost Denison the title.


Can’t agree with you on this one…its way too random to look at a few specific events when the outcome was really determined by so many many other swims. At the end of the day, Denison was in position to win this meet today. It was there for the taking for either team and Kenyon was the team that took it. Can’t blame Parini for that it….you need to credit Kenyon for their championship mettle.

Meanwhile, can’t remember the last time I saw a 1, 2, 3 in the 200 breast. Hats off to the Emory women.


While I would typically agree that pointing to 1 or 2 races in such a big, long meet is dumb, in this case I completely agree. Those were tactical decisions that made HUGE point impacts. They were also unnecessary. Make no mistake, Kenyon won by swimming better than Denison, but Denison could have still held on without those major errors.


I don’t want to belabor the point others have made that a single race isn’t the deciding factor in a championship meet.

I just wanted to put this out there: Denison didn’t fail to get a relay into the 200 A Finals on purpose. You can’t really call something like that “a strategy mistake.” It was simply a moment in time where the swimmers lost focus.


No way you can call that the swimmers’ faults. That is entirely Parini’s fault for not realizing that this isn’t the division III of the past. Neither Kenyon nor Denison will ever be guaranteed an A final position with their B and C level swimmers. Its a new era where all teams need to stack the prelims to make it back. Parini did not learn his lesson last year with his 200 free relay and apparently he didn’t even learn it from the 200 medley relay on day 1 this year. The Denison swimmers were great and did their job. Their loss was entirely based upon poor coaching decisions.

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