2017 NCAA Division III Men – Day 4 Prelims Live Recap

Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Men’s 100-yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 43.16 3/24/2012 Zach Turk, Kenyon

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Oliver Smith, JR Emory 43.54
  2. Jesse Novak, SR Rowan 43.60
  3. Ryan Boraski, SR Keene St. 43.65
  4. Zach Wagner, JR Denison 44.21
  5. Isaac Casey, JR Loras 44.40
  6. Connor Mergler, JR Buffalo St. 44.55
  7. Ivan Garin, SR UC Santa Cruz 44.72
  8. Alex Farrell, SO Chicago 44.77

Widener senior Ian Gaynor dropped 8/10 to win his heat in a close contest and vault into the consolation final. In the next heat Ivan Garin (44.72), a senior from UC Santa Cruz, took 6/10 off his entry time to edge Chicago sophomore Alex Farrell (44.77) and WPI senior Andrew Bauer (44.96). All three dropped half a second from their respective seed times. Garin and Farrell made the A final; Bauer, the B.

Loras junior Isaac Casey opened the circle-seeded heats with a 44.40 to 44.99 victory over Albion senior Sebastian Tostado. Whitman junior Clark Sun was right there with them, finishing .02 back with 45.01.

Keene State senior Ryan Boraski won the penultimate heat by a body length in 43.65, improving his seed time by half a second. Denison junior Zach Wagner (44.21) and  Buffalo State junior Connor Mergler (44.55) battled for second in the heat, both dropping time and both making tonight’s A final.

Emory junior Oliver Smith was out like a shot in the final heat, turning at the 50 at 20.71, half a body length ahead of top-seeded Jesse Novak of Rowan. Rowan came back 6/10 faster than Smith, though, and finished a mere 6/100 behind with 43.60. Emory sophomore Trey Kolleck finished third with 44.83.

Men’s 200-yard Backstroke – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 1:43.49 3/21/2015 Harrison Curley, Kenyon

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Gabriel Schneider, FR MIT 1:46.16
  2. Ben Lin, SR Williams 1:46.22
  3. Jackson Lindell, SR Denison 1:46.58
  4. Matt Williams, SR Claremont MS 1:46.60
  5. Matthew Rogers, SO Emory 1:46.70
  6. Kingsley Bowen, SO Tufts 1:46.96
  7. Carlos Colmenares, FR NYU 1:47.02
  8. Jason Wesseling, JR Denison 1:47.15

A big 2.2-second drop from Wash U sophomore Kevin Van Cleave (1:48.35) set the tone for men’s 200 backstrokes; he won a tight heat over Johns Hopkins sophomore Emile Kuyl (1:48.72, an improvement of nearly 7 seconds) to make the consolation final.

Defending champion and Denison senior Jackson Lindell won the first circle-seeded heat in 1:46.58, only about half a second off last year’s winning time. He was followed by teammate, junior Jason Wesseling, with 1:47.15 and Wash U freshman Peyton Wilson with 1:47.50.

MIT freshman Gabriel Schneider dropped 1.5 seconds to post a field-leading 1:46.16, coming to the wall ahead of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior Matt Williams (1:46.60) and Tufts sophomore Kingsley Bowen (1:46.96).

Williams senior Ben Lin, who set the NCAA record in the final of the 100 back on Friday evening, won the final heat in 1:46.22, with Emory sophomore Matthew Rogers (1:46.70) and NYU freshman Carlos Colmenares (1:47.02) trailing.

Men’s 200-yard Breaststroke – Prelims

Top 8 qualifiers:

  1. Andrew Wilson, SR Emory 1:55.99
  2. Ian Reardon, SR Kenyon 1:57.83
  3. Trevor Manz, SR Kenyon 1:59.23
  4. Tanner Sonnek, SO Gustavus 1:59.77
  5. Michael Lagieski, SR Wash U. MO 1:59.78
  6. Timothy Kou, JR NYU 2:00.02
  7. Samuel McManus, JR DePauw 2:00.40
  8. Reona Yamaguchi, FR Chicago 2:00.76

DePauw junior Samuel McManus destroyed his seed time of 2:07.37 with a 2:00.40 in the first heat of 200 breaststrokes, winning by half a pool length and rocketing into tonight’s A final. Chicago freshman Reona Yamaguchi clocked a 2:00.76 to take the following heat; he was followed by Denison sophomore Jacob Bell (2:01.97) and NYU sophomore Reid Hensen (2:02.39).

Kenyon senior Ian Reardon won the second circle-seeded heat by nearly 3 body lengths, touching in a best-by-1.46 seconds, 1:57.83. NYU junior Timothy Kou dropped 1.2 to finish second in the heat with 2:00.02 ahead of Kenyon freshman Kieran Allsop (2:00.93).

Emory senior and NCAA record-holder Andrew Wilson won the final heat on cruise control with 1:55.99. Wilson’s underwaters, i.e., the pulldown and first stroke, were so efficient that after breaking the surface of the water he only took four strokes per 25. Kenyon senior Trevor Manz dropped 3.6 seconds and finished second in the heat, qualifying third overall. Just behind Manz was Gustavus sophomore Tanner Sonnek, who improved his seed time by 2.4 seconds and qualified fourth for tonight’s final with 1:59.77.

Men’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 2:53.59 3/24/2012, Kenyon (Somers, Turk, Ramsey, Richardson)

Men’s 400-yard Freestyle Relay – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: NCAA Record: 2:53.59 3/24/2012, Kenyon (Somers, Turk, Ramsey, Richardson)
  1. Emory 2:58.79
  2. Denison 2:59.37
  3. Johns Hopkins 2:59.39
  4. NYU 3:00.02
  5. Albion 3:00.12
  6. Rowan 3:00.40
  7. Kenon 3:00.48
  8. TIE MIT / TCNJ 3:00.51

There will be a swim-off for 8th after the first two heats of 1650s.

MIT and The College of New Jersey squared off for another grueling 4×100 yards, less than an hour after they had both registered 3:00.51s to tie for 8th place. After a couple of lead tradeoffs, MIT and TCNJ sprinted for home, with MIT getting the edge, 2:58.20 to 2:58.74. Had they gone those times in prelims they would have been in lanes 4 and 5 for finals. Instead, MIT will be in lane 8 of the championship and New Jersey will be in lane 4 of the consolation.

Men’s 1, 650-yard Freestyle – Slower Heats

  • NCAA DIII Record: 14:56.4 12/1/16 Arthur Conover Kenyon
  • Meet Record: 15:01.24 3/21/15 Arthur Conover Kenyon

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

  1. Connor Rumpit, FR Kenyon 15:35.06
  2. Mitchell Riek, SO Carnegie Mellon 15:35.67
  3. Michael McGean, SR Middlebury 15:41.61
  4. Aaron Guo, FR Chicago 15:43.68
  5. Taylor Rowe, SO Coast Guard 15:46.09
  6. Henry Copses, JR Emory 15:46.31
  7. Benjamin Burdick, JR Denison 15:48.90
  8. Russell Hurrell-Zitelman, FR Trinity (TX) 15:51.82

Carnegie Mellon sophomore Mitchell Riek dropped 17.5 second to win the first heat of 1650s in the morning session with 15:35.67. Middlebury senior Michael McGean was next with 15:41.61, an improvement of 4.6 seconds. Coast Guard sophomore Taylor Rowe was third with 15:46.09.

Just as in the women’s event, it was a Kenyon freshman who stole the show. Connor Rumpit slashed his seed time by 25.1 seconds and won the second heat in 15:35.06, giving himself a very good chance of scoring in the top 8 and earning All-American honors. (Riek stands a good chance, too.) Chicago freshman Aaron Guo, who went 20 seconds faster than his entry time, posted a 15:43.68 for second in the heat. Kenyon’s Robert Williams, who dropped 25 seconds, was third with 15:53.80.

Men’s 3-meter Diving – Prelims

  • NCAA DIII Record: 645.70 2/12/14 Connor Dignan Denison
  • Meet Record: 613.90 3/19/14 Connor Dignan Denison

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6 years ago

What were MIT and TCNJ doing in prelims of the 400 FR. They tied for 8th and had to swim off and then went on to have the top two times of the morning but unfortunately for TCNJ they will be swimming in consols.

6 years ago

Where are the results for the men’s 400 free prelims?

Pau Hana
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6 years ago

I’ve seen that website have problems with swim-offs – might not see the prelim results until after finals.

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