SHENANDOAH, Texas— Four events are in the books and the Denison men's swimming and diving team logged five All-American swims at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Denison is in fourth place with 63 points, trailing third-place Johns Hopkins by only two points. Emory leads the field with 135 points and Kenyon is second with 103. Emory posted national record times while winning the 200 IM and the 200 medley relay.
Last year's NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year, Jack Lindell, posted a third-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 1:46.28. Lindell set a new national record in this event last year winning in 1:46.00. This year, Emory's Andrew Wilson won with a national record time of 1:44.18. Lindell is a four-time All-American in this event after placing third (2017), first (2016), seventh (2015) and 15th (2014).
In the 500 freestyle, Denison's Matt Hedman and Walt Dauksher picked up their first All-American certificates by placing 12th and 13th, respectively. Hedman touched in 4:28.23, dropping 1.74 seconds off his prelim time. Dauksher also trimmed 1.14 seconds off his morning prelim time, touching in 4:28.42. Another Denison swimmer who just missed the evening finals was Ben Burdick who finished 17th in 4:31.45.
In the 50 freestyle, Zach Wagner finished fifth in the B-Final and 13th overall with a time of 20.59 seconds. It was also the first All-American performance for Wagner. The victory went to Oliver Smith of Emory in 19.55.
After prelims in the 200 medley relay, Denison's team of Carson Clear, Tiernan Foster-Smith, Kenny Fox and Wagner were seeded second after a time of 1:29.59. They dropped .70 from their morning trials time to place second in 1:28.89, edging Washington-St. Louis at the wall by .10. Emory won the event with a national record time of 1:26.14. This year marked a three-spot improvement for the Big Red after a fifth-place finish in 2016.
Denison returns for day two on Thursday morning with preliminaries at 10 a.m. CST and finals at 6 p.m. CST. They will compete in the 200 free relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free 1-meter dive and the 400 medley relay.