Emory’s Oliver Smith Breaks D3 Record in 50 Free with 19.37 in Prelims

2018 NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

50 Yard Freestyle – Prelims

  • NCAA Record: 19.38 3/21/2012 Zach Turk, Kenyon

Defending champion Oliver Smith of Emory took down the NCAA Division III record in the 50 free that had eluded him last year, going 19.37 to win the final heat on Wednesday morning. Smith erased a 2012 mark of 19.38 set by Zach Turk of Kenyon.

Smith has won the 50 free title at the last two NCAA Division III Championships. He notched a 19.55 in both 2017 and 2016. Prior to this morning, those were his top performances. Smith’s lifetime bests are:

  • 19.37 – 3/21/2018
  • 19.55 – 3/14/2017
  • 19.55 – 3/15/2016
  • 19.60 – 11/29/2017
  • 19.67 – 11/30/2016
  • 19.71 – 11/29/2017
  • 19.73 – 3/15/2016
  • 19.85 – 3/14/2017
  • 19.91 – 11/30/2016
  • 19.92 – 12/2/2015

Smith has another chance to lower his record in tonight’s final. He will also anchor the Emory 4×50 medley relay.

Qualifiers:

  1. Oliver Smith, SR Emory 19.37
  2. Isaac Casey, SR Loras 19.77
  3. Roger Gu, SO Tufts 19.95
  4. Trey Kolleck, JR Emory 19.96
  5. Jack Englehardt, SR UW-Stevens Point 20.04
  6. Kymani Senior, SO Denison 20.17
  7. Zachary Wagner, SR Denison 20.23
  8. Thomas Thetford, SR W&L 20.31
  9. Reilly Donnella, JR UW-Stevens Point 20.34
  10. Aaron Green, SO Widener 20.43
  11. Lukas Menkhoff, FR Pomona-Pitzer 20.43
  12. Sage Ono, SO Emory 20.48
  13. Joe Rodriguez, SO Coast Guard 20.50
  14. Joshua Tomazin, SR MIT 20.53
  15. Jeremy Bogle, SR MIT 20.54
  16. Ross Brown, SR Wash U. 20.54

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Heidi Natkin

I think that stock photo might be of Andrew Wilson, not Ollie Smith

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