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OSU and Akron take down DU women

Kate Mesaros  |  Photo by Dennis Lowe
Kate Mesaros | Photo by Dennis Lowe

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 2 ranked Denison women's swimming and diving suffered a pair of losses on Friday night to the NCAA Division I's University of Akron (No. 22), 223-75, and the Ohio State University (No. 15), 224-75, at OSU's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.

Collecting nine, top-five finishes against the two Division I programs, the Big Red were led by a pair of event victories from junior All-American KT Kustritz. Logging 'B' cut times in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Kustritz finished the 100 in 1:01.44, just .31 seconds short of an 'A' cut time, and clocked in with a 2:17.41 in the 200. She also collected 'B' cut times in the 200 IM (5th - 2:05.46), and joined Angela Le, Maddie Hopkins, and Casey Kirby to finish third overall in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.97.

Kate Mesaros followed Kustritz in both breaststroke events, placing fifth place in the 100 (1:04.96) and posting a 'B' cut time of 2:21.87 in the 200 in seventh place. Freshman Olivia Lantry rounded out the top 10 for Denison in the 100 with a 1:06.68, while Marie Lehman (11th - 1:08.12), Michaela Morrison (13th - 1:08.17), and Elle Stevens (15th - 1:10.12) followed.

Denison's final 'B' cut time of the night went to Hopkins in the 100 fly with a 56.61. Junior Zoe Whelan finished less than a second behind Hopkins in sixth place, posting a time of 57.51, and Le placed 11th overall with a 58.94. Whelan also highlighted DU's efforts in the 200 butterfly after logging a 2:06.65 in sixth place. She was followed by Logan Wickman in ninth (2:12.87) and Kaila Byerly in 10th (2:13.88).

In the backstroke, Kirby paced the Big Red in the 100 and 200, placing sixth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.22, and then ninth in the 200 in 2:08.37.

The freestyle events were headlined by Hopkins placing ninth in the 50 free with a 24.57, junior Natalie Zaravella finishing in ninth place in the 200 free (1:57.39), and Hannah Rusinko coming in 10th in the 1,000 free event with a final time of 10:34.15. Morrison led the Big Red in the 100 free (10th - 53.50) and Grace Kacmarek paced DU in the 500 (10th - 5:11.92).

Denison closed out the swimming events with the 400 free relay where the group of Hopkins, Kirby, Morrison, and Gabriella Nutter placed fifth overall after clocking in at 3:34.24.

On the diving boards, Emma Weber led the Big Red with a fourth-place finish and a score of 196.45 on the three-meter board and then finished in seventh in the one-meter dive with a 198.05. Freshman Mattie Stauss placed fifth overall in the three-meter (192.90) and finished the one-meter dive in eighth place (174.45).

Denison will return to the pool on Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m. when they host Xavier University for their first home meet of the 2018-19 season.