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DU women trail only 3 teams at midway point

200 Free Relay (L-R) Casey Kirby, KT Kustritz, Carolyn Kane, Gabriella Nutter  |  Photo by Joe Buvid
200 Free Relay (L-R) Casey Kirby, KT Kustritz, Carolyn Kane, Gabriella Nutter | Photo by Joe Buvid

SHENANDOAH, Texas--  Through 10 of 20 events, Denison sits in fourth place at the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championship.  Emory University leads with 330 points, followed by Williams (225) and Kenyon (208).  Denison has totaled 175 points at the midway point.

Carolyn Kane led Denison on Thursday night with a fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly.  It marked the best career finish for Kane after placing sixth in each of the last two seasons.  Kane touched in 54.91 seconds, a slight .02 improvement over her prelim swim.

In the consolation final of the 100 fly, Angela Le placed third in the heat with a time of 55.64.  That was worth six points toward the DU total.

One night removed from her runner-up finish in the 500 free, Campbell Costley placed eighth in the 200 free after touching in 1:51.51.  This marked her fourth All-American performance in the event and her 14th A-A certificate of her career.

In the consolation final of the 400 IM, first-year Natalie Zaravella won the heat with a time of 4:26.00.  She dropped 3.10 off of her preliminary time to place ninth overall.  Following in 15th place was Halli Garza in 4:29.21.  It marked Garza's third-straight All-American certificate in the event.

The night was started off with a third-place finish in the 200 free relay as Gabriella Nutter, Kane, Casey Kirby and KT Kustritz combined for a time of 1:33.59.  Denison entered this year's championship seeded 15th.  That jumped to 1:33.74 and fourth overall after morning prelims.  Kane led Denison with a 22.97 split on her 50 freestyle.  Emory was the winner in 1:30.52.

The final event of the night was the 400 medley relay and Denison's team of Kirby, Kustritz, Le and Kane touched in 3:45.12 to finish fifth.

Denison returns for day three of four on Friday morning.  Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. CST with finals commencing at 6 p.m. CST.  On Friday, Denison will compete in the 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, the 1-meter dive and the 800 freestyle relay.

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