2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


500 Freestyle Finals

  • NCAA Record: 4:18.35, Arthur Conover, Kenyon (2017)
  1. Thomas Gordon, Emory, 4:23.70
  2. Matthew Hedman, Denison, 4:25.16
  3. Taye Baldinazzo, Chicago, 4:25.76

Emory junior Thomas Gordon pulled away from the field on the back half to claim the 500 free title in 4:23.70, knocking over three and a half seconds off his prelim swim. Gordon finished 3rd last year in 4:22.69. Matthew Hedman of Denison, also a junior, takes the runner-up spot in 4:25.16. Hedman was the top seed this morning in 4:26.44.

Chicago’s Taye Baldinazzo pulled out 3rd place from lane 8, dropping his 4:28.29 prelim swim down to 4:25.76 to get by Tim Hagemesiter (4:26.05) who took 4th.

Top seed coming into the meet Griffith Otazu of John Hopkins won the B-final in 4:26.02, just off his seed of 4:25.30. Connor Rumpit of Kenyon was 2nd in 4:27.18, as both knocked significant time off their prelim swims (4:29.31 and 4:29.58 respectively).


  • NCAA Record: 1:44.18, Andrew Wilson, Emory (2017)
  1. Ian Rainey, New York, 1:46.94
  2. Kevin Van Cleave, Washington, 1:47.18
  3. Robert Wang, Denison, 1:47.50

It was a very close race the entire way in the men’s 200 IM final, but it was New York senior Ian Rainey who prevailed from lane 7 to take the win in 1:46.94. He held off Washington’s Kevin Van Cleave, who made up a ton of ground with the fastest breast split in the field (30.27) to nearly pull even with Rainey, but couldn’t make up any more ground on free. He took 2nd in 1:47.18, and Robert Wang of Denison, who missed a second swim as a freshman in 17th, took 3rd in his sophomore year in 1:47.50.

Collin Miller (1:48.43) edged out Matthew Leenhouts (1:48.87) for 4th, while Cooper Knapp won the B-final in 1:48.28.

50 Freestyle Finals

  1. Oliver Smith, Emory, 19.39
  2. Jack Englehardt, UWSP, 19.94
  3. Isaac Casey, LORA, 20.02

Emory’s Oliver Smith successfully defends his title in 19.39, just .02 off his record set in the prelims. Jack Englehardt of UW Stevens Point moved up from 5th to 2nd with a sub-20 clocking in 19.94, and Isaac Casey of Loras was 3rd in 20.02.

Roger Gu of Tufts took 4th in 20.06, and Mathias Kolleck of Emory was 5th in 20.15. Aaron Green of Widener won the B-final in 20.29.

3 Meter Diving Finals

  1. Heath Ogawa, Lake Forest, 573.60
  2. Connor Brisson, NYU, 553.00
  3. Sam Hoyt, Union, 552.55

Heath Ogawa of Lake Forest came out on top in the men’s 3 meter finals with a score of 573.60. Connor Brisson of NYU equalled his finish last year with 553.00, and Sam Hoyt of Union was 3rd with 552.55.

200 Medley Relay Finals

  • NCAA Record: 1:26.14, Emory (2017)
  1. Emory, 1:27.63
  2. Denison, 1:28.08
  3. UW Stevens Point, 1:28.43

With the fastest back (Sage Ono – 22.21) and fly (Oliver Smith – 20.70) legs in the field, Emory defended their 200 medley relay title in 1:27.63. Denison had the top breast leg from Tiernan Foster-Smith (24.38) as they took 2nd in 1:28.08, and UW Stevens Point had the top anchor from Jack Englehardt (19.35) for 3rd in 1:28.43.

Heading into day 2 Denison leads the standings going away, with 138.5 points to Emory’s 99 and Kenyon’s 75.

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If y’all don’t get a new photo of Ollie “The Gawd” Smith

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“The Stallion”

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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