CANTON, Ohio – Denison sophomore diver Gabe Dixson shattered his own school record in the men’s 3-meter dive, highlighting a strong opening night for No. 3 Denison. Through six events the Big Red sit in first place with 580 points and lead second-place Kenyon by 154 points. Denison logged victories in all four individual events while placing second in both relays.
In the 3-meter dive, Dixson earned his first NCAC gold with an 11-dive score of 527.75. His previous school record, set in December of 2009, was 476.90. Following in second place was senior Cody Smith with a career-best score of 500.80. Checking in with a fourth-place score of 442.15 was junior Phil Meyer.
The three individual swimming events all saw first-time winners, all from Denison.
In the 200 IM, Spencer Fronk bested his preliminary time by .23 seconds to post an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:51.38. Last year’s champ, Jake Lewing followed in second place with a provisional qualifying time of 1:52.97 while Quinn Bartlett placed fourth in 1:53.88. Brad Ratliff took fifth in 1:54.69.
In the 500 freestyle another DU rookie unseated a teammate and former champion as first-year Al Weik topped last year’s champion Dan Thurston. Weik missed his ‘A’ cut in the event by only .07 seconds, touching in 4:30.18. Thurston trailed in 4:32.58. Placing fourth was sophomore Jay Haney with a time of 4:36.44.
In the 50 freestyle junior Mike Barczak won his fourth NCAC championship but his first in an individual event after notching a time of 20.88. Following in positions seven through 10, respectively, were Andrew Krawychk, Kyle Chabot, Matt Edgin and Joe Katich.
In the relays which bookended the night’s festivities, Denison turned in two second-place finishes and one ‘B’ cut time.
In the 200 free relays Barczak, Fronk, Kyle Chabot and Krawychk touched in 1:22.27. In the 400 medley relay it was Mike DeSantis, Krawychk, Edgin and Katich who checked in at 3:36.35.