INDIANAPOLIS—Denison men's swimming & diving is off to a blistering start at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship. Through five of 20 events, the Big Red has built a 39.5 point lead over the field. Denison has totaled 138.5 points. Emory University is second with 99 points and Kenyon is third with 75.
A stellar showing in morning preliminaries placed nine swimmers in the three individual swimming event finals on Wednesday night.
Junior Matt Hedman opened the championship with a personal best time of 4:25.16 to finish second in the 500 freestyle. That sparked what would be a 47-point event for the Big Red. Senior Stuart Hohm logged his best performance of his career in the 500 free, touching in 4:27.07 for fifth place. Hohm placed seventh in 2016 and ninth in 2015. This marked the seventh All-American performance for Hohm.
DU continued to pile up the points in the 200 individual medley as Bebe Wang posted a PR of 1:47.50 to finish third. Wang dropped 1.04 off his prelim time, which was also a PR. Also swimming in the championship final was Mitch Williams. He touched in 1:50.15 to place seventh and reach the podium. Williams set a new PR in the event with a 1:49.57 in preliminaries. Ryan Stevenson logged a 12th place finish after a time of 1:50.28 in the B-Final.
Another 24.5 points came Denison's way thanks to Kymani Senior and Zach Wagner in the 50 free. Fresh off his win at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship in February, Senior posted a time of 20.20 to finish sixth. Wagner tied for seventh with a time of 20.37. This was the first All-American award for Senior and the seventh for Wagner.
The night was capped off by the 200 medley relay which saw the foursome of Carson Clear, Tiernan Foster-Smith, Kenny Fox and Senior set a new varsity record with a time of 1:28.08. That placed Denison second in the event. Senior closed with a 19.62 50 free split to lock down the record. The previous DU record was set in 2013 by Sean Chabot, Damon Rosenburg, Andrew Rich and Ryan Fleming (1:28.65).
Denison will return to the IU Natatorium on Thursday, March 22 for the 200 free relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, and the 400 medley relay. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. followed by finals at 6 p.m.
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