Denison men open 2020 at D-I Pittsburgh

Drake Horton  |  Photo by Curt Ashcraft
Drake Horton | Photo by Curt Ashcraft

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Finishing the night with nine finishes in the top-four, Denison men's swimming and diving opened the new year with a dual meet at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday night at Trees Pool.

Leading the Big Red with three finishes in the top-four, sophomore Richie Kurlich claimed his best finish of the night in the 50 breaststroke where he placed second overall with a final time of 26.07. He was followed by Piotr Kurleto in fifth place (27.88) and Aidan Lane in sixth (29.07). In the 100 breast, Kurlich posted a third-place finish after clocking in at 56.64 while Noah Houskeeper took fifth place at 59.28 and Kurleto finished in sixth (1:01.15).

Kurlich also joined Liam Picozzi, Kymani Senior, and Trey Ike in the 200 medley relay where they placed fourth overall at 1:33.60. Ike added a fourth-place finish for DU in the 50 backstroke where he checked in at 24.12. PJ Desmet followed in sixth place at 24.69 and Sam Jo took seventh overall at 24.75. Ike also competed in the 50 free where he placed fifth overall in 21.12. Chase Fisher took sixth place in 21.61 and Kyle Verstandig logged a seventh-place finish at 21.83.

In the 500 free, James Baker touched the wall in 4:45.07 to take fourth overall while Lukas Gately clocked in at 4:48.94 to finish in fifth and Patrick Madden took sixth (4:54.03). In the 100 and 200 free, Drake Horton led the Big Red with a pair of fifth-place finishes. In the 100 free, Horton finished in 47.46 with Matt McHugh following in 47.73 in sixth place and Eric Gerlach earning a seventh-place finish at 48.10. Horton also took fifth place in the 200 free with a final time of 1:43.12. Gerlach took sixth overall (1:46.05) and senior Bebe Wang followed in seventh (1:46.67).

Sophomore Michael Arpasi finished fourth overall in the 50 butterfly at 23.21 while Senior placed sixth overall at 23.30 and Andrew Kurlich clocked in at 24.51 to finish in seventh place.

In the final event of the night, Picozzi, Senior, Ike, and Horton teamed up to compete in the 200 free relay where they placed third overall at 1:25.92.

In the diving events, sophomore Liam Simmons led DU in the one-meter dive with a provisional qualifying score of 283.13 to finish in fourth place. He also took fourth overall in the three-meter dive with a six-dive score of 216.75.

Denison will continue their two-day trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday, January 18 when they travel to Carnegie Mellon University to take on the Tartans and Calvin College at 1 p.m.