2017 NCAA Division III Men – Day 2 Prelims Live Recap

Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships


Men’s 200-yard Freestyle Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 1:18.06 3/22/2012, Kenyon (Somers, Turk, Richardson, Ramsey)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Emory 1:19.78
  2. MIT 1:21.18
  3. UW-Stevens Point 1:21.44
  4. Pomona-Pitzer 1:21.70
  5. Johns Hopkins 1:21.75
  6. Williams 1:21.78
  7. Washington (MO) 1:21.84
  8. College of New Jersey 1:21.92

A great finish from Williams’ Benjamin Lin assured a 1:21.78 win in the first circle-seeded heat, over Wash U (1:21.84) and Connecticut (1:22.07). Emory’s Mathias Kolleck put the Eagles out to a body-length lead in the next heat; they were able to maintain their position throughout the next 150 yards for a 1:19.78 win. MIT was second to the wall with 1:21.18; Denison, third in 1:21.99. In the final heat, Johns Hopkins got out to an early lead, but Stevens Point got the win in 1:21.44, followed by Pomona-Pitzer (1:21.70), with Hopkins .05 back in 1:21.75.

Claremont and Wisconsin-LaCrosse were both DQd.

Men’s 400-yard Individual Medley – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 3:46.62 3/19/2015 Harrison Curley, Kenyon

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Jackson Lindell, SR Denison 3:52.06
  2. Ian Rainey, JR NYU 3:52.56
  3. Ian Reardon, SR Kenyon 3:55.09
  4. Brooks McCoy, SO Kenyon 3:55.94
  5. Reid Hensen, SO NYU 3:56.17
  6. Michael Bartholomew, FR Kenyon 3:56.51
  7. Matthew Hedman, SO Denison 3:57.25
  8. Brandon McKenzie, SO MIT 3:57.83

NYU sophomore Reid Hensen opened the men’s 400 IMs with a heat 1 victory in 3:56.17 over Denison sophomore Matthew Hedman and his teammate, freshman Robert Wang (3:57.25 and 3:59.87, respectively).

NYU junior Ian Rainey got out to a quick start in heat 2, building up a 2 body-length lead over Kenyon freshman Michael Bartholomew by the end of the breaststroke, and extending it by another body over the final 100 yards. Bartholomew held on for second in the heat, despite a late charge by MIT sophomore Brandon McKenzie. Rainey stopped the clock in 3:52.56, followed by Bartholomew (3:56.51) and McKenzie (3:57.83).

Denison senior Jackson Lindell led heat 3 from start to finish, touching in a field-leading 3:52.06. Teammates Ian Reardon and Brooks McCoy of Kenyon had strong back halves to finish second and third in 3:55.09 and 3:55.94.

Men’s 100-yard Butterfly – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 46.97 3/19/2015 Reed Dalton, Wash U

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Benjamin Lin, SR Williams 47.97
  2. Bouke Edskes, FR MIT 48.26
  3. Dallas Tarkenton, SR Mary Washington 48.32
  4. Matthew Williams, SR CMS 48.35
  5. Nathanial Kozycki, SO Albion 48.49
  6. Kenny Fox, SO Denison 48.63
  7. Kingsley Bowen, SO Tufts 48.74
  8. Sam Jekel, SR UW-Stevens Point 48.77

Bates junior Theodore Pender won the first heat in 49.19; Emory junior Oliver Smith was second in 49.31. Albion sophomore Nathanial Kozycki dropped over 1 second to win heat 2, posting a 48.49. Rowan senior Nicholas Marks went 49.50 to edge Grant Moser of Stevens Point by .10.

Denison sophomore Kenny Fox went 48.63 for the heat 3 win over Stevens Point senior Sam Jekel (48.77) and UC Santa Cruz senior Ivan Garin (48.83). Claremont senior Matthew Williams dropped 3/10 to take heat 4 in 48.35, with Kingsley Bowen of Tufts (48.74) and Andrew Pek of Wash U (48.84) following.

Williams senior Benjamin Lin posted the top time of the morning, winning the final heat in 47.97 ahead of MIT freshman Bouke Edskes (48.26) and Mary Washington senior Dallas Tarkenton (48.32).

Men’s 200-yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 1:36.63 4/8/1988 Dennis Mulvihill, Kenyon
  • Meet Record: 1:36.80 3/20/2015 Karl Mering, Whitman

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Evan Holder, SR Johns Hopkins 1:36.67
  2. Ryan Boraski, SR Keene State 1:37.32
  3. Arthur Conover, SR Kenyon 1:37.93
  4. Walt Dauksher, SO Denison 1:37.96
  5. Thomas Gordon, SO Emory 1:38.06
  6. Christian Baker, SR Emory 1:38.16
  7. Michael Wohl, SO Johns Hopkins 1:38.34
  8. Karl Sarier, SO Bowdoin 1:38.49

Emory sophomore Mathias Kolleck opened the 200s by eking out a win over Williams freshman Andrew Trunsky, 1:40.26 to 1:40.41. Heat 2 featured excellent racing between College of New Jersey senior Ryan Gajdzisz and Emory sophomore Thomas Gordon. Gajdzisz led at the 100 and they turned together at the 150, but Gordon surged over the final 50 yards and finished 2.6 seconds faster than his entry time, winning 1:38.06 to 1:39.23. That was a 1.4-second improvement for Gajdzisz. Denison junior Zachary Wagner dropped 9/10 to win the next heat out of lane 8 with 1:39.43. His teammate, sophomore Bradley Stevenson, finished just behind in 1:39.66, while Johns Hopkins junior Davis Knox went 1:40.22 for third.

Denison sophomore Walt Dauksher out-touched Emory’s Christian Baker, 1:37.96 to 1:38.16, to win heat 4. Albion senior Sebastian Tostado went 1:38.88 for third, taking half a second off his seed time. Kenyon senior Arthur Conover (1:37.96) edged Hopkins sophomore Michael Wohl (1:38.34) and Gettysburg freshman Ogden Leyens (1:38.53) in the penultimate heat.

Keene State senior Ryan Boraski jumped out front on the first 50 of the final heat and was still a half body-length up at the 100. Right at his feet was John Hopkins senior Evan Holder. Boraski held on through the 150, but Holder surged over last 50 to win in 1:36.67. Holder broke the meet record and was just 5/100 off NCAA national record. Third in the heat was Bowdoin sophomore Karl Sarier with 1:38.49.

Men’s 400-yard Medley Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 3:13.03 12/1/16 Emory (Ono, Wilson, Baker, Smith)
  • Meet Record: 3:13.49 3/19/15 Williams (Lin, Tamposi, Ricotta, Nanda)

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Emory 3:12.96
  2. TIE 2nd Williams 3:16.26
  3. TIE 2nd Kenyon 3:16.26
  4. Washington (MO) 3:16.77
  5. MIT 3:17.51
  6. NYU 3:17.54
  7. Denison 3:17.83
  8. Johns Hopkins 3:18.30

Williams, propelled by a 46.93 leadoff backstroke by senior Benjamin Lin, won the first heat of medley relays with 3:16.26, 1.9 seconds faster than their seed time. Lin lowered his own NCAA Division III record with that swim. MIT finished second in 3:17.51, while Chicago was third in 3:18.73.

Wash U improved their entry time by 1 second and won heat 2 in 3:16.77 over Johns Hopkins (3:18.30) and Tufts (3:18.97).

Emory blasted a 3:12.96 to take the final heat and down both the NCAA Division III record, which they had set at the Miami Invitational in December, and the meet record, which Williams had set in 2015. Kenyon took second in the heat, with the same time Williams had clocked in the first heat, and NYU placed third (3:17.54).

Men’s 1-meter Diving – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 578.70 2/14/14 Connor Dignan Denison
  • Meet Record: 557.90 3/21/02 Gabe Korteum St. Olaf

Top 8 qualifiers:





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Looks like Keyon and Denison should recruit more sprinters…both out of A final this morning. It was a slim margin but if either of them want national titles they should know by now that you can’t gimp on any field, especially sprint freestyle. That’s gonna be huge for the total points tonight if(when) Emory wins it and they don’t even get points from A final.


On the flip side, Emory needs to recruit some 400 IM’ers…they’ve got nobody in the top 16 while Kenyon has 3 up/1 down and Denison has 2 up/1 down.


Also no Emory presence in the 100 fly.


Denison has enough sprinters to put up a B 200 free relay that all go 20.7 flying start and a 20.8 lead off (see Miami invite), unfortunately they have several in that range and are hurting for swimmers to step up and into to the low 20’s


Wow: It took a 3:58.6 to qualify for NCAAs in the 400IM, but only 4:01.8 to make finals (and score points) at the meet. To me, this is a sign of a completely failed qualification system. Isn’t NCAA championships supposed to foster the highest level of competition that the division has to offer? The 4IM is a particularly outrageous case, to be sure. But across all events, there were 1-2 swimmers seeded to score points at nationals who did not qualify for nationals. I feel really, really sorry for those swimmers. At a minimum, top-16 in each event should qualify, and probably more. As fun as it is to watch this meet, it’s sad to know that it isn’t the… Read more »


On the flip side, Emory needs to recruit some 400 IM’ers…they’ve got nobody in the top 16 while Kenyon has 3 up/1 down and Denison has 2 up/1 down.


woops…posted this comment on the wrong question… D:


DAG – Weirdly, they actually aready have one, and he is at NCAAs…. Mitchell Cooper has been 3:56, and posted B cuts this season, but he wasn’t enetered in any individual events on the psych sheets (swam back in 2medley prelims yesterday). I have no idea why him and cooper tollen are only doing relays at this meet. Maybe I am missing something with these complex entry rules but it seems like Emory is skipping good scoring opportunities by keeping them out of individual events


Mitchell Cooper and Cooper Tollen are swimming at the meet because they’re relay alternates; they didn’t make the cutoff time in their individual events and weren’t on the fastest Emory relays (so they weren’t able to swim their b cuts).


This is sad. There are many swimmers who got clipped, even being in the top 16. I believe this was because they had to meet a strict number of athletes allowed at the meet, and how it worked with relays this year, they ended up having to take less individuals in every event. That’s sad for all the swimmers in the 14-17 range in every event. They thought they were in the clear. Hopefully one day DIII can be like DI and invite more than top 16.


We always said that it’s harder to just make NCAA’s than it is to make finals. Not everyone can come back up and down in yardage and hit a personal best a month after their conference meet.


That is undoubtedly part of the deal, and that’s a separate variable. It also I think is partly because of the AM/PM disparity. But I still maintain that it is silly to be seeded to score at nationals and not to qualify for nationals. And part of why it so much easier to final is that many of the fastest swimmers in an event simply are not at the meet. Many of the people swimming the 4IM today have best times much slower than what it took to qualify. There is simply a much less talented pool of 24 swimmers swimming the 4IM at this meet than if you had just selected the top 24 4IMers. That’s what I am… Read more »


Another issue is that all of the top 16 would have been invited were they female. For some reason, more women are invited than men. Also, the top 24 divers are invited. So the top 20 or so women, the top 24 divers and the top 15 men get an invite. How is that fair?


Holder breaking the oldest record on the books in prelims… love it. Here is to hoping he finally gets a (much deserved) national title tonight.


almost a true statement…


damn, you are right! For a moment I thought that was a dig at the second sentence in my comment and I was like wow, that’s pretty mean, he’s been stuck at second place like 4 times! But yeah, he missed it by a few hundredths. Hopefully that changes tonight or in 8free relay leadoff.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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