Denison Big Red Captures 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Title

For the first time since 2012 Denison University was back on the top step of the podium at NCAA Division III Championships. The Big Red has traded national titles with their rival, the Kenyon Lords, in each of the last seven years and nine of the last eleven. In fact, either Denison or Kenyon has won the national championship every year since 1979; 2016 marks Denison’s third team title in that span.

The four-day meet proved to be a close contest between the rivals, as the lead changed several times a day over the first three days of the meet. Denison won four individual events with a total of 16 A finalists and 10 B finalists, and one relay among 4 top-8 relay finals.

Four of the national titles had junior Jackson Lindell’s name on them. He won the 200 IM in Division III record time, the 400 IM and the 200 back, and was a member of Denison’s winning 800 free relay along with senior Ryan Fleming, freshman Bradley Stevenson, and senior Joe Brunk. Denison’s fifth championship came in 1-meter diving when senior Ben Lewis claimed the title, just 2.55 points short of the NCAA DIII record.

For its part, runner-up Kenyon won the 400 medley relay and 200 breast with junior Ian Reardon, and placed 12 swimmers in A finals and 11 in B finals, and swam three relays in A finals and one in a B final. Emory University finished third in team points, uncontested at this spot throughout the four days. Johns Hopkins University, MIT and Williams battled back and forth for the coveted fourth spot; Hopkins’ strong performances on the final day sealed its ascension to that position.

Denison earned three of the four CSCAA awards for Division III:

  • Men’s Diver of the Meet: Ben Lewis, senior, Denison
  • Men’s Diving Coach of the Year: Shawn Austin, SUNY Geneseo
  • Men’s Swimmer of the Meet: Jackson Lindell, junior, Denison
  • Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Greg Parini, Denison

Below are the final scores for all the men’s teams at the 2016 Division III Championships.

Team Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Vs Prelims Vs Psych
Denison University 131 258 364.5 455.5 -22.5 -33.5
Kenyon College 117.5 272.5 331.5 418.5 17 14.5
Emory University 105 205 249 340.5 14.5 33.5
Johns Hopkins University 79 152 200 263 -3 10
Mass Institute of Technology 48 99 179.5 241.5 19.5 60.5
Williams College 47 115 172.5 205.5 6.5 31.5
The College of New Jersey 31 86 130 179 9 68
Washington University (MO) 41 85 108 161 -29 -25
New York University 17 61 89 126 -6 15
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 29.5 67.5 100.5 121.5 -11 17.5
Rowan University 35 63 68 95 5.5 -33
Tufts University 12 28 66 93 1 21
Keene State 0 47 47 91 9 36
University of Chicago 24.5 44.5 48.5 60.5 -3.5 -70.5
Calvin College 12 26 47 60 -30 -54
University of St. Thomas 0 18 55 60 22 25
Washington & Lee University 17 37 37 57 3.5 3
Wheaton College (IL) 6 16 26.5 55.5 -9.5 9.5
Stevens Institute of Technology 14 26 31 53 16 3
Connecticut College 5 24 52 52 5 40
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 0 8 32 49 -3 -4
DePauw University 14 29 41 45 -2 4
SUNY Fredonia 16 16 42 42 1 1
Albion College 0 4 27 40 13 -25
Carnegie Mellon University 10 10 26 38 5 28
SUNY Geneseo 20 20 36 36 4 4
York College of Pennsylvania 0 0 20 32 -2 -1
Amherst College 0 12 29 31 -6 14
Buffalo State College 13 14 14 29 -2 0
Pomona-Pitzer 7 28 28 28 -15 -21
Wabash College 0 0 14 28 2 7
Whitworth University 16 20 22 26 -8 -29
Case Western Reserve 3 3 21 21 -16 -18
Gettysburg College 4 4 7 19 1 -6
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 13 13 19 19 -1 -1
Widener University 5.5 5.5 5.5 19 -2 14
Union College (NY) 9 9 16 16 -2 -2
Lake Forest College 4 4 15 15 0 0
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 0 13 13 13 2 -29
Sarah Lawrence 0 0 13 13 -3 -17
Ohio Northern 0 0 6 12 -1 3
Goucher College 0 0 11 11 0 7
University of Mary Washington 0 11 11 11 -4 0
Nebraska Wesleyan University 0 0 0 11 0 -4
St. Lawrence 11 11 11 11 -1 -1
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 0 10 10 10 -3 -45
Baldwin Wallace University 0 0 9 9 3 -8
St. Olaf 6 6 6 6 2 2
Bowdoin College 5 5 5 5 4 4
McDaniel College 0 0 0 4 4 4
Wesleyan University 0 0 3 3 0 0
Birmingham-Southern College 2 2 2 2 -1 -17
Trinity University 0 2 2 2 0 2
Westminster College 0 0 0 2 -3 -12
Grinnell College 0 0 1 1 -1 -1
Hartwick College 0 0 0 1 -1 -13
U.S. Coast Guard Academy 0 0 0 1 -3 -3

 

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