GAMBIER, Ohio – Denison women's swimming and diving suffered a 154-146 loss to Kenyon College on Saturday at the James A. Steen Aquatics Center in Gambier.
The Big Red held a 142-141 advantage before the final race of the day in the 400 freestyle relay. Denison's Gabriella Nutter, Casey Kirby, Mia Chiappe and KT Kustritz finished in second place with a time of 3:30.02, but Kenyon took the lead and the victory after Zoe Toscos, Emmerson Mirus, Celina German and Hannah Orbach-Mandel posted a winning time of 3:29.15.
Despite the loss, DU totaled seven victories on the afternoon, led by three wins from Kustritz and Allison Fitzgerald's two diving victories. Kustritz opened the women's event with a win in the 200 medley relay alongside Kirby, Nutter and Maddie Hopkins, logging a 'B' cut time of 1:44.14.
Kustritz then racked up wins and 'B' cut times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, clocking in at 1:02.15 in the 100 and then finishing with a season-best time of 2:17.48 in the 200. Kate Mesaros finished right behind Kustritz in both events, securing season-bests in the 100 with a 1:04.46 and in the 200 with a 2:24.16. Her time in the 100 breast was also an NCAA 'B' cut time.
In the 100 backstroke, Kirby recorded a 'B' cut time of 56.70 to finish in second and then won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.35. Both were season-best times for Kirby. Senior Halli Garza enjoyed a win in the 200 butterfly, clocking in at a season-best 2:05.78, also a 'B' cut time. She also recorded her best time of the season in the 200 IM, finishing in second with a 2:10.23. Zoe Whelan and Eva Jorn finished in second and third behind Garza in the 200 butterfly, logging season-best times of 2:06.88 and 2:07.61, respectively.
Hopkins then earned her top time of the year in the 100 butterfly with a 'B' cut time of 56.69 and finished in fifth in the 50 freestyle with a 24.61. Nutter took third in the 50 free, touching the wall in 24.35, and then placed fourth in the 100 free, checking in at 53.24.
In the diving events, Fitzgerald swept the field with victories in the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. On the 1-meter dive, Fitzgerald posted a six-dive score of 256.20 and then totaled a 265.35 through six dives on the 3-meter board. Both totals classified as provisional qualifying scores for the NCAA Regional.
The Big Red will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 30 when they travel to Oxford, Ohio for Miami University's three-day invitational.