2022 NCAA Division III Championships – Men’s Fan Guide

2022 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships

The 2022 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships will take place beginning Wednesday, March 16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will be the first national championship in Division III since 2019, as both the 2020 and 2021 meets were canceled due to the pandemic.

Emory, the runners-up in 2019, finishing 115 points behind Denison and a half-point ahead of Kenyon, lead the psych sheet projections this year with 376 points. The Eagles qualified 18 swimmers, 16 of whom are expected to score in 22 events, and five relays qualified. Johns Hopkins also comes in with 18 qualified swimmers; 13 of them are seeded in the top-16 in 19 events. The Blue Jays have five relays in scoring position. They are projected to amass 334 points.

Kenyon (317), MIT (313), Williams (309), and Denison (306) are all within striking distance of Emory, especially since diving points are not included in the projections and Kenyon (with 3 divers), Denison (2), and Williams (1) have the potential to significantly change the pre-championship score projections if their divers advance in the preliminary rounds.

Stars

Freestyle

Rowan’s Kevin Gillooly is top seed in the 50 free with 19.52, seven-tenths faster than his time from the A-final in 2019 when he placed seventh. Emory’s Nicholas Goudie ranks second with 19.84. Both Gillooly and Goudie are entered in the 100 free with 43.93 which has them tied for the fourth spot, and Goudie is third in the 200 free (1:36.70).

Denison’s RC Ike is seeded third in the 50 (19.97) and ninth in the 100 (44.25). David Fitch of Kenyon and Amherst’s Scott Romeyn are tied for fourth in the 50 (20.01), an event in which they were both A-finalists in 2019.

John Carroll’s Liam McDonnell leads the qualifiers in the 100 free with 43.69. James McChesney from TCNJ, has the #2 time in the 100 free (43.81) and the #7 time in the 50 (20.06). Calvin’s Julian Iturbe is seeded in the top-8 of the 50, 100, and 200 free (20.07/44.08/1:37.96).

Williams’ James Lovette comes into the meet seeded first in the 200 free, having broken the NCAA Division III record with 1:35.52 at the NESCAC Championships in February. Lovette also ranks eighth in the 100 free (44.14) and sixth in the 500 free (4:26.07). He placed third in the 200 free, second in the 500 free, and eleventh in the 1650 free in 2019.

In the 500, Emory’s Patrick Pema leads the qualifiers with 4:23.33. He is also fifth in the 200 free (1:37.46). NYU has two entrants with 4:24s: Thomas Pritchard (4:24.71) and Graham Chatoor (4:24.75). Pritchard is the #1 seed in the 1650 free (15:14.72); Chatoor is sixth (15:26.88).

Mason Kelber of WashU ranks sixth in the 200 free (1:37.88), fourth in the 500 (4:25.20), and third in the mile (15:21.12). Kellen Roddy from Johns Hopkins is seeded second in the 1650 (15:16.57) and fifth in the 500 (4:25.20).

Backstroke

Kenyon has a few big guns in the backstroke events. Yurii Kosian comes in with the top time in the 200 back (1:44.44) and the #3 time in the 100 back (47.53). Spencer Pruett ranks fifth in the 200 with 1:45.41. In the 100 back, the defending champion, David Fitch, is seeded eighth (47.98).

MIT’s Adam Janicki tops the entrants in the 100 back (47.12) and is seeded fourth in the 200 back (1:45.16). Jack Wadsworth from Ithaca is second and third in those events (47.34/1:44.57). Tanner Filion of Whitman is #2 in the 200 back (1:44.57) and #5 in the 100 back (47.74).

Williams has two 100 backstrokers in the top-8: Nicholas Whitcomb (47.73) and Richard Nichol (47.91). Liam Picozzi of Denison, who was a top-8 finisher in both the 100 and 200 back at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships, ranks seventh in the 200.

Breaststroke

It will be all new faces in the A final of the 100 breast this year, as the top-8 finishers in 2019 were juniors and seniors. In the 200, defending champion Jason Hamilton of Emory is back, coming in with the top entry time of 1:56.47.

Johns Hopkins is loaded with breaststroke talent – two of the top-8 seeds in both distances are Blue Jays. Maxwell Chen has the #1 entry time in the 100 breast (52.79) and the #3 time in the 200 (1:56.60). He was ninth in the 100 breast at 2019 NCAAs. Teammate Kyle Wu ranks 7th in both the 100 (54.13) and the 200 (1:57.66).

Cal Lutheran’s Luke Rodarte is the second seed in the 100 breast and sixth in the 200 (52.98/1:57.61). Jacob Grover of Williams ranks third and second in the respective events (53.47/1:56.57). Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Michael Bylander has top-8 seedings in both distances; he is fifth in the 100 (54.09) and fourth in the 200 (1:56.98).

Butterfly

Defending champion and NCAA record-holder David Fitch of Kenyon tops the list of qualifiers in the 100 fly with 46.46. The fastest entrant in the 200 fly is Frank Applebaum of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1:46.06).

David Pearcy from Williams ranks second in the 100 fly (47.16) and seventh in the 200 fly (1:47.66). Chicago’s Jesse Ssengonzi comes in with the #2 time in the 200 fly (1:46.39) and is ranked sixth in the 100 (47.42). Jeffrey Vitek of Hopkins a 2019 All-American in the 200 fly, is seeded third in the 200 (1:46.77) and seventh in the 100 (47.52).

John Carroll’s Liam McDonnell (47.21), Emory’s Ryan Soh (47.21), and Hope’s Benjamin Catton (47.40) are also threats in the 100 fly.

Denison’s Richard Kurlich, who placed 8th in the 200 fly in 2019, comes in with the fourth-fastest seed time (1:46.96), 1.5 seconds faster than he was as an All-American last time around. WashU’s Jonathan Ma (1:46.99) is also seeded with a sub-1:47.

Individual Medley

MIT’s Jordan Ren (1:47.60) and Chicago’s Garrett Clasen (1:47.65) bring the only sub-1:48s in the 200 IM, but Johns Hopkins’ Steven Rua (1:48.07) and Maxwell Chen (1:48.16) and Whitworth’s Ryan Grady (1:48.27) aren’t far behind. Chen placed 10th in 2019, while Ren was 15th.

Kenyon’s Bryan Fitzgerald, who was runner-up as a freshman in 2019, leads the field in the 400 IM with 3:51.20. Jack Wadsworth from Ithaca ranks second with 3:51.34. They are more than two seconds faster than the rest of the qualifiers. Benjamin Thorsen from Emory is seeded third (3:53.72), half a second ahead of his teammate Sean Byman (3:54.22) and MIT’s Roderick Huang (3:54.27).

Men’s Team Race

The scoring teams from the men’s psych sheet, including distance events and relays but excluding diving, are as follows:

Team Individual Points Relay Points Total
Emory 228 148 376
Johns Hopkins 218 116 334
Kenyon 161 156 317
MIT 133 180 313
Williams 169 140 309
Denison 156 150 306
Chicago 83 92 175
Wash U. MO 121 34 155
John Carroll 49 92 141
Claremont MS 63 56 119
NYU 91 24 115
Calvin 36 76 112
Rowan 37 58 95
UWEC 49 30 79
Ithaca 50 14 64
Tufts 25 38 63
F&M 25 34 59
TCNJ 33 20 53
Whitman 42 0 42
CMU 12 30 42
Pomona-Pitzer 14 26 40
Bowdoin 20 14 34
Whitworth 28 4 32
Cal Lutheran 32 0 32
Trinity U. 15 14 29
Swarthmore 19 0 19
Amherst 19 0 19
Hope College 14 2 16
Coast Guard 14 0 14
Bates 8 0 8
Connecticut 8 0 8
SUNY Geneseo 7 0 7
USMMA 6 0 6
BSC 6 0 6
Brandeis 6 0 6
Carthage 5 0 5
RWU 3 0 3
Catholic UA 3 0 3
Stevens 3 0 3
Millsaps 2 0 2
Caltech 0 2 2
Colby 1 0 1
Case Western 1 0 1

4-Day Schedule – Finals

Wednesday, March 16

  • 500-yard freestyle
  • 200-yard individual medley
  • 50-yard freestyle
  • 3-meter diving (M)
  • 200-yard medley relay

Thursday, March 17

  • 200-yard freestyle relay
  • 400-yard individual medley
  • 100-yard butterfly
  • 200-yard freestyle
  • 1-meter diving (W)
  • 400-yard medley relay

Friday, March 18

  • 200-yard butterfly
  • 100-yard backstroke
  • 100-yard breaststroke
  • 1-meter diving (M)
  • 800-yard freestyle relay

Saturday, March 19

  • 1650-yard freestyle
  • 100-yard freestyle
  • 200-yard backstroke
  • 200-yard breaststroke
  • 3-meter diving (W)
  • 400-yard freestyle relay

 

 

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Khachaturian
6 months ago

Color coding works really well!

Dressel_42.8
6 months ago

D3 TIME!!!!

swimmom77
6 months ago

Where’s the Women’s Fan Guide?!

Yep
Reply to  swimmom77
6 months ago

Just coming back here to ask the same thing!

CookedLays
6 months ago

I like the color coding

YourLocalD3Swimmer
6 months ago

Someone check my pulse… it’s finally champ week for the first time in 2 years 😀

ACC
Reply to  YourLocalD3Swimmer
6 months ago

3!

Yep
6 months ago

Emory actually has 17 swimmers and 1 diver. Lucas podiumed in both events in 2019. He’s back this year and should add a good number of points.

Last edited 6 months ago by Yep
THEO
6 months ago

Some observations:
1) JHU could easily score 40 more relay points than seeded, which puts them tied with Emory. In combination with Kenyon + Denison having divers, this should be a very exciting meet.
2) Never have there been so many unknowns! For a lot of these swimmers its really been 2 years since they’ve played all their cards
3) Related to point #2, I expect swimmers like Fitch, Goodie, Pema, Ma, and Gilooly to absolutely light it up.
4) I think records go down in 50 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 back, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.
5) Will anyone go faster than Avery Clapp in the 2fly? For… Read more »

Polarbear
Reply to  THEO
6 months ago

Logan Todhunter came in faster than the fly records. And Cyrus King may have come in faster than the previous winning time in 200bk in 1997 but not certain.

THEO
Reply to  Polarbear
6 months ago

leave it to the SwimSwam comment section to drop that knowledge!

swimswamswum
Reply to  Polarbear
6 months ago

There’s a few examples on the Women’s side like Samantha Senczyszyn, Laura Westphal, Kristen Nitz, Jordyn Wentzel and Caroline White that all came in around or better the winning times in their best events. Feel like it’s less common among men

ACC
Reply to  Polarbear
6 months ago

I think the most recent is Crile Hart in the 2 IM.

Polarbear
Reply to  Polarbear
6 months ago

Brittany Sasser (bk) as well I think. Kendra Stern maybe???

Taitecklund
Reply to  Polarbear
6 months ago

@polarbear what a crazy comment to see Cyrus’ name mentioned. I swam with him on EPAP back in the day. I’m sure he’d be amazed that anyone remembers his contributions to DIII in his days at Williams or an obscure fact like that. Too cool, though. He definitely had DI talent, but he went to a very good academic school.

Andy Greenhalgh
Reply to  THEO
6 months ago

Kristin Cornish (also JHU) comes in 4 seconds off the national record in the mile, and the most recent winning time is 16:35 to her 16:25. Also Scott Armstrong in 1999 came in with a faster mile than the national champion I believe. Surprisingly…also JHU!

SwimSam
6 months ago

When did D3 get so fast 😫

ACC
Reply to  SwimSam
6 months ago

It’s so deep! I feel like in the past 5 years the top swimmers haven’t gotten that much faster but to make finals has by a lot.

SwimSam
Reply to  ACC
6 months ago

For real, I remember when a 55 high 100 breast qualified, now you need a 54 mid which is insane

PFA
Reply to  SwimSam
6 months ago

It’s mad I think the depth in breastroke can be attributed to recruiting, and Andrew wilson and bringing fast swimming in general to D3. We could potentially see a 51 high in the 100 breast, 45 in the 100 fly, and sub(s) 1:26 and 3:10 in the medley relays potentially a sub 2:54 4 free relay, etc. and very fast maybe record swims in a majority of events.

Edit: also with this new sense of D3 swimming wouldn’t be surprised if some more people go pro coming out of D3

Last edited 6 months ago by PFA

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom 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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