2017 NCAA Division III Men – Day 3 Prelims Live Recap

Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 200-yard Butterfly – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 1:44.93 3/20/2015 Alex Anderson, Mary Washington

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Brandon Lum, SO Wash U 1:46.33
  2. Ian Rainey, JR NYU 1:47.02
  3. Bouke Edskes, FR MIT 1:47.64
  4. Carlos Colmenares, FR NYU 1:47.76
  5. Christian Baker, SR Emory 1:48.14
  6. Samuel Spurrell, JR Amherst 1:48.56
  7. Jonathon Zimdars, SO Kenyon 1:48.67
  8. Mitchell Riek, SO CMS 1:48.77

NYU’s Ian Rainey won heat 1 with a 1:47.02 out of lane 1, nearly three body lengths ahead of second-place Griffin Otazu of Johns Hopkins (1:49.78). Heat 2 was bunched up through the 100, but MIT freshman Bouke Edskes prevailed over the second half and touched first with 1:47.64. Freshman Carlos Colmenares of NYU was just behind in 1:47.76. Amherst junior Samuel Spurrell was third with 1:48.56.

It was a fairly tight race through the first 100 of the next heat until senior Christian Baker of Emory broke out of the crowd on the third 50. Carnegie Mellon sophomore Mitchell Riek moved up away from the pack over the second half of the race and finished second to Baker, 1:48.14 to 1:48.77. Wheaton junior Christopher Dingfield moved into third with 1:50.16.

Sophomore Brandon Lum of Wash U, who was 14th (with 1:50.53) in this event last year as a freshman, won heat 4 with a best-by-2.2, 1:46.33, moving up to take over the leaderboard. Next came Linfield freshman Noah Cutting in 1:50.06, then senior Dallas Tarkenton of Mary Washington with 1:50.24.

Men’s 100-yard Backstroke – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 46.93 3/16/2017 Ben Lin, Williams

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Benjamin Lin, SR Willliams 47.75
  2. Chad Moody, JR NYU 48.23
  3. Kingsley Bowen, SO Tufts 48.61
  4. Emile Kuyl, SO Johns Hopkins 48.65
  5. Sage Ono, FR Emory 48.67
  6. John Bauer, SO WPI 48.82
  7. Matthew Williams, CMS 48.83
  8. Timothy Kostolansky, JR Williams 48.87

MIT freshman Gabriel Schneider dropped 1.3 seconds to take heat 1 in 50.72. Another big drop came in the next heat when Williams junior Timothy Kostolansky took 1.2 seconds off his seed time to win his heat and squeeze into the championship final, with 48.87. Denison sophomore Carson Clear (49.90) and Franklin senior Artur Schneider (49.92) finished second and third in the heat, both dropping to crack the 50-second barrier.

Sophomore Kingsley Bowen clocked in at 48.61 to win the following heat over Wash U freshman Peyton Wilson (49.08) and Denison junior Jason Wesseling (49.32). Linfield freshman Noah Cutting (50.41) was also in that heat; he had a tough double, going back-to-back with the 200 fly (where he qualified 11th) and the 100 back.

In the penultimate heat, Worcester Polytech sophomore John Bauer in lane 3, Emory freshman Sage Ono in lane 4, and NYU junior Chad Moody in lane 5 looked more like synchronized swimmers than racers, as they turned together at the 50 wall and came into the 100 together. In the end it was Moody (48.23) over Ono (48.67) and Bauer (48.82).

NCAA record-holder Bejnamin Lin cruised to an easy win in the final heat of men’s 100 back over Johns Hopkins sophomore Emile Kuyl (48.65) and defending champion Matthew Williams of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (48.83).

Men’s 100-yard Breaststroke – Prelims

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Andrew Wilson, SR Emory 51.02
  2. Timothy Kou, JR NYU 54.36
  3. Evan Holder, SR Johns Hopkins 54.44
  4. Michael Lagieski, SR Wash U. MO 54.64
  5. Chasse Sodemann, SO Coast Guard 54.67
  6. Reona Yamaguchi, FR Chicago 55.11
  7. Tanner Sonnek, SO Gustavus 55.24
  8. Samuel McManus, JR DePauw 55.25

Worcester Polytech senior Tim Petri opened with a win the first heat of men’s 100 breast over Rowan senior Paul Long (56.34) and Bates senior Daniel Walpole (56.46); all three improved on their seed times. Evan Holder dropped 4/10 to win a tight race over Wash U senior Michael Lagieski in the first circle-seeded heat, 54.44 to 54.64. Kenyon’s Trevor Matz took third with 55.28.

Coast Guard sophomore Chassé Sodemann went 54.67 ahead of Chicago freshman Reona Yamaguchi (55.11) and Gustavus sophomore Tanner Sonnek (55.24) to win the next heat.

In the final heat, Emory senior Andrew Wilson lowered his meet record and his NCAA Division III record, to 51.02 with his stunning victory in the final heat. Wilson was already up by a half a body length at the 25 wall. With his extraordinary pulldowns alone he would beat the competition by a couple of bodies, but add to that his efficient stroke and he outpaced the field by almost one body per 25. Wilson came to the wall at 51.02, breaking both the NCAA and meet records, with another chance to break the 51-second barrier in tonight’s final. Junior Timothy Kou of NYU (54.36) placed second; Dewpauw junior Samuel McManus, third (55.25).

Men’s 800-yard Freestyle Relay – Slower Heats

  • NCAA DIII Record: 6:29.27 3/22/2013, Johns Hopkins (Lordi, Kimball, Coggin, Schmidt)

Top 8 (guaranteed to score in at least the 9-16 range):

  1. TIE 1st Tufts 6:40.19
  2. TIE 1st Williams 6:40.19
  3. Wash U. MO 6:41.36
  4. Amherst 6:42.26
  5. Pomona-Pitzer 6:44.00
  6. Rowan 6:44.73
  7. Chicago 6:45.22
  8. Albion 6:45.45

Tufts and Williams both stopped the clock at exactly 6:40.19 to lead the morning’s 800 free relays and provide the time to beat in order to make top-8 in tonight’s final. The Jumbos’ relay featured performances from sophomore Noah Cagley (1:40.35), junior Zachary Wallace (1:40.00), Kingsley Bowan (1:40.11), and junior James McElduff (1:39.73). The Ephs were represented by senior Grant Johnson (1:40.06), sophomore Curtis Maher (1:40.23), senior Ben Lin (1:40.31), and freshman Andrew Trunsky (1:39.59). Wash U (Kevin Van Cleave, Andrew Ellison , Chase Van Patten, and Justin Morrell) were third out of the morning with 6:41.36.

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7 years ago

Emily Kuyl (48.65) Spell his name right?

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7 years ago

AW 51.02. Loooong at the 50, short at the finish. Tidy up a couple things for tonight and 50 is right there for the taking.

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