GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Denison women's swimming & diving is ranked No. 1 in the latest CSCAA/TYR Division III Top-25 poll while the men held steady at No. 2.
The Big Red women moved into the top spot after a stellar performance at the Denison Invitational on Dec. 5-7. Denison completed the three-day championship format meet with 43 NCAA 'B' cuts by 20 different swimmers.
Senior KT Kustritz leads Denison with the nation's fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.12) and the second-fastest time in the 100 breast (1:01.27) as of Dec. 13. Maddie Hopkins boasts the nation's second-fastest time in the 100 fly (54.92), the No. 3 time in the 50 free (23.21) while first-year Tara Culibrk checks in second in the 200 free at 1:49.55. Senior Gabriella Nutter is ranked third in the 100 free (50.55) while Natalie Zaravella has the second-best time in the 400 IM at 4:22.57.
In relays, Denison's women boast the nation's fastest time in four of five events. The only relay they are not ranked No. 1 is the 800 free relay where they sit No. 2.
The Denison men totaled 49 NCAA 'B' cuts by 23 individuals en route to a victory at last week's Denison Invitational. Bebe Wang leads Division III with a time of 1:47.45 in the 200 IM. Sophomore Noah Houskeeper followed in second at 1:49.26. Wang also ranks second in the 200 free (1:37.50) and the 200 back (1:46.13). Sophomore Richie Kurlich boasts the top time in the 200 breaststroke (1:58.90).
Denison returns to competition on Friday, Jan. 17 when they face the University of Pittsburgh in a dual meet at 4 p.m. in Pittsburgh, Pa.