2017 NCAA Division III Men – Day 4 Finals Live Recap

Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 1, 650-yard Freestyle – Fastest Heat

  1. Arthur Conover, SR Kenyon 14:59.56
  2. Andrew Greenhalgh, SR Johns Hopkins 15:02.34
  3. Thomas Gordon, SO Emory 15:12.80
  4. Benjamin Brewer, FR Cal Lutheran 15:28.80
  5. Andrew Trunsky, FR Williams 15:31.22
  6. Ben Culberson, FR Claremont MS 15:32.19
  7. David Perez, JR Kenyon 15:32.41
  8. Connor Rumpit, FR Kenyon 15:35.06

Kenyon senior Arthur Conover set the pace early on, jumping out to a body length’s lead on Johns Hopkins senior Andrew Greenhalgh and Emory sophomore Thomas Gordon by the 200. He continued to increase his lead, out-splitting the others by a couple of tenths per 50.

Conover flipped at the 850 at 7:46.48. Greenhalgh was beginning to pick up his pace and moving away from Gordon. The pair turned at 7:49.29 and 7:49.94, respectively, at the 850.

Greenhalgh turned on the speed at about the 1100 and began to outsplit Conover by about 10/100 per 50. He pulled within two body lengths at the 1400, but Conover wasn’t done. Conover straight-armed the final 100 yards, kicking like crazy, and came to the wall in 14:59.56 for a new meet record. He now owns the only two sub-15 minute 1650 times in Division III history. Greenhalgh went 15:02.34 for second. Gordon finished third in 15:12.80.

Cal Lutheran freshman Benjamin Brewer was fourth in 15:28.80. Then came Williams freshman Andrew Trunsky (15:31.22), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps freshman Benjamin Culberson (15:32.19), Kenyon junior David Perez (15:32.41), and Denison sophomore Matthew Hedman (15:41.40).

Kenyon freshman Connor Rumpit’s morning swim of 15:35.06 landed him at 8th overall.

Men’s 100-yard Freestyle – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: 43.16 3/24/2012 Zach Turk, Kenyon
  1. Jesse Novak, SR Rowan 43.29
  2. Ryan Boraski, SR Keene St. 43.43
  3. Oliver Smith, JR Emory 43.78
  4. Ivan Garin, SR UC Santa Cruz 44.27
  5. Zach Wagner, JR Denison 44.38
  6. Isaac Casey, JR Loras 44.52
  7. Alex Farrell, SO Chicago 44.58
  8. Connor Mergler, JR Buffalo St. 44.80

Ryan Boraski of Keene State barreled through the first 50, turning half a body length ahead of top-seeded Oliver Smith of Emory and a full body in front of Rowan senior Jesse Novak. The second half was another story, though, as Novak came home a full second faster than the other two, getting the touch in 43.29. It was sweet revenge for the 2016 runner-up, who had won this event in 2015. Boraski was second in 43.43; Smith went 43.478 for third. Their comparative splits were:

  • Novak – 21.39/21.90
  • Boraski – 20.47/22.96
  • Smith – 20.82/22.96

Men’s 200-yard Backstroke – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 1:43.49 3/21/2015 Harrison Curley, Kenyon
  1. Ben Lin, SR Williams 1:44.00
  2. Jackson Lindell, SR Denison 1:45.32
  3. Kingsley Bowen, SO Tufts 1:46.33
  4. Gabriel Schneider, FR MIT 1:46.36
  5. Matthew Rogers, SO Emory 1:47.09
  6. Carlos Colmenares, FR NYU 1:47.32
  7. Matt Williams, SR Claremont MS 1:48.06
  8. Jason Wesseling, JR Denison 1:50.12

Williams senior Ben Lin turned first at the 50, then proceeded to go ahead by a body length at the 100. Tufts sophomore Kingsley Bowen led the rest of the field through the 100 from out in lane 7, while Denison senior Jackson Lindell and MIT freshman Gabe Schneider, in the middle lanes, moved up on him over the second half.

Lin touched in 1:44.00, .51 off the Division III record, for a third national title. Lindell came home 1.5 seconds faster than Bowen and pulled into second place with 1:45.32. Bowen held on for third with 1:46.33, just staying in front of a fast-closing Schneider, who finished fourth in 1:46.36.

Men’s 200-yard Breaststroke – Final

  1. Andrew Wilson, SR Emory 1:50.80
  2. Ian Reardon, SR Kenyon 1:58.04
  3. Michael Lagieski, SR Wash U. MO 1:58.51
  4. Timothy Kou, JR NYU 1:58.60
  5. Tanner Sonnek, SO Gustavus 1:58.98
  6. Trevor Manz, SR Kenyon 1:59.25
  7. Samuel McManus, JR DePauw 1:59.46
  8. Reona Yamaguchi, FR Chicago 1:59.95

Emory senior and NCAA record-holder Andrew Wilson wound up his collegiate career with another national mark, winning the 200 breast with the fastest time in Division III history, 1:50.80. He was all alone in the pool, racing against the clock, while the rest of the heat battled for position about half a pool length behind the leader.

Kenyon senior Ian Reardon finished second with 1:58.04, a half body length ahead of Wash U senior Michael Lagieski (1:58.51). NYU junior Timothy Kou was fourth in 1:58.60, just ahead of Gustavus sophomore Tanner Sonnek (1:58.98). Kenyon senior Trevor Manz (1:59.25), DePauw junior Samuel McManus (1:59.46), and Chicago freshman Reona Yamaguchi (1:59.95) finished in quick succession.

Men’s 3-meter Diving – Final

  • NCAA Record: 645.70 2/12/14 Connor Dignan Denison
  • Meet Record: 613.90 3/19/14 Connor Dignan Denison
  1. Max Levy, SR Denison 588.20
  2. Connor Brission, SO NYU 577.50
  3. Arron Carlson, SR SUNY Fredonia 547.35
  4. Kendall Holliman, FR Claremont MS 522.25
  5. John Morris, SR Rowan 516.30
  6. Brian Allen, SR Denison 516.25
  7. Samuel Randall, JR SUNY Geneseo 506.25
  8. Matthew Rohrer, SR Tufts 504.10

No pressure. Diving last, and with everything riding on his last dive, Denison senior Max Levy won the 3-meter board with 588.20 points over NYU sophomore Connor Brission (577.51), whose strong performances had him in contention for the title. With this title, Levy swept the diving events, having won 1-meter on Thursday. SUNY Fredonia senior Arron Carlson placed third with 547.35 points.

Men’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay – Final

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 2:53.59 3/24/2012, Kenyon (Somers, Turk, Ramsey, Richardson)
  1. Emory 2:56.68
  2. Denison 2:57.11
  3. MIT 2:58.77
  4. Rowan 3:00.21
  5. Johns Hopkins 3:00.39
  6. Albion 3:00.48
  7. NYU 3:01.20
  8. Kenyon 3:02.01

Emory wrapped up the meet with a hard-fought victory in the 400 free relay, edging Denison by 47/100. Sophomore Trey Kolleck (44.76), junior Alex Hardwick (44.46), senior Hayes Burdette-Sapp (44.43), and junior Smith (43.03) combined for 2:56.68. Denison was second with 2:57.11 from sophomore Walt Dauksher (44.76), senior Max Howes (44.25), sophomore Kenny Fox (44.75), and junior Zach Wagner (43.35). MIT, who had to win a swim-off against The College of New Jersey in order to make the A final, finished third in 2:58.77 with Jeremy Bogle, Bouke Edskes, Douglas Kogut, and Josh Tomazin.

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6 years ago

Congrats to Emory…made history!

6 years ago

TCNJ’s 9th place time in the 400 free relay would have gotten 4th in the Championship Final. A shame that they tied for 8th in prelims and then in the swim off went the second fastest time in the morning, but that’s how it works, if you want a chance at night you must preform in the morning.

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6 years ago

Andrew Wilson 1:50.80. Looked a bit disappointed, prob wanted sub-1:50

6 years ago

Katie Ledecky first place

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