North Coast Athletic Conference
CANTON, Ohio — No. 3 Denison retained the top spot in the overall standings after day two of the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Big Red were victorious in three events and have accumulated 1,171 points after two days of competition. Kenyon is second in the men’s field with 1,049 points, followed by Wabash (493), Wooster (489.5), Wittenberg (432), Oberlin (426), Allegheny (396), Ohio Wesleyan (267) and Hiram (237.5).
The Big Red men had four swimmers meet NCAA “A” cut standards, including junior Dan Thurston in the 400 individual medley (3:58.89), junior Spencer Fronk in the 200 freestyle (1:36.69), junior Robert Barry in the 100 backstroke (49.36) and junior Mike Barzak in the 100 backstroke (50.06). Kenyon sophomore Ian Stewart-Bates also qualified for the national championships after finishing first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.49.
Wabash senior Evan Rhinesmith earned the schools’ first-ever individual title at the NCAC Championships, winning the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA “B” cut time of 56.90, while Allegheny won its first individual title since 2008 after sophomore Brandon Intrieri touched first in the 100 butterfly with an NCAA “B” cut time of 49.70.