Men's swimming & diving streaks past Kenyon

Mitch Williams  |  Photo by Dennis Lowe
Mitch Williams | Photo by Dennis Lowe

GAMBIER, Ohio--  Denison won 12 of 16 events en route to a 186-112 victory over rival Kenyon College on Saturday at the James A. Steen Aquatics Center.

The Big Red landed two NCAA 'B' cuts against the Lords.  Sophomore Bebe Wang won the 200 backstroke with a qualifying season-best time of 1:49.56.  Jason Wesseling (1:54.82) and John Stauffer (1:54.95) followed in second and third place, respectively.

Wang was a two-time winner as he also took first in the 200 IM in 1:54.08.  Ryan Stevenson was the runner-up in the event with a time of 1:55.18.  Wang closed out his day with a second-place showing in the 100 backstroke in 51.47.  Wesseling touched third in 52.05.

DU's second 'B' cut came in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay when Stuart Hohm, Kenny Fox, Kymani Senior and Zach Wagner combined for a time of 3:03.36 to win the event.

Fox was a three-time winner for DU as he touched first in the 50 free in 21.06 and won the 100 fly in 49.54.  In the 50 free, Denison went 1-2-3 as Senior touched second in 21.07 and Wagner was third in 21.11.  Senior also logged a third-place finish in the 100 fly in 50.79.

Sophomore Mitch Williams won the 200 fly and narrowly missed a 'B' cut with his time of 1:51.52.  The NCAA's provisional qualifying time in the event is 1:51.06.  Aaron Saccurato placed third in the 200 fly with a time of 1:52.98.

The curtain was pulled on the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay by Carson Clear, Tiernan Foster-Smith, Fox and Wagner in 1:31.85.  Foster-Smith returned to win the 100 breaststroke in 57.99 and Ball touched second in 58.76.

In the 200 free, Hohm also flirted with a 'B' cut after a victory and a season-best time of 1:40.45.  Hohm returned in the 100 free with a second-place time of 46.42.  Wagner won the 100 free with a season-best time of 46.06.

Matt Hedman took home the top honors in the 1000 free in 9:30.68 and was third in the 500 free after touching in 4:37.29.

Denison's winners were rounded out by Stevenson in the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.94.  Ball followed in second place with a time of 2:10.45.

In diving, Liam McCullogh placed third on both boards. He posted a six-dive score of 170.47 on the 1-meter and a score of 133.57 on the 3-meter.

Denison returns to action on Nov. 30 when they travel to Oxford, Ohio for the three-day championship format Miami Invitational.