KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Denison moved into second place after 10 events at the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. The Big Red posted 11 All-America performances across six events on the second day of the four-day event.
Denison trails first-place Kenyon by just 41 points heading into the third day of competition. The Lords lead the field with 258 points, followed by Denison’s 217. Third-place belongs to Emory University with 182 points while M.I.T. sits in fourth-place with 137 points.
The Big Red were helped out on Thursday night by a pair of strong diving performances from sophomore Gabe Dixson and senior Cody Smith. The duo tallied 21 points toward the Denison cause and both divers earned their first career All-American certificates. In the one-meter dive final, Dixson led the way with a fourth-place finish on a score of 431.05. Smith, who dove in the consolation final, posted a score of 407.30.
After Denison’s showing in the one-meter dive, the Big Red’s 400 medley relay team of Robert Barry, Jake Lewing, Spencer Fronk and Mike Barczak took second place in 3:16.29. In the opening event of the night, Barczak and Fronk teamed with Kyle Chabot and Andrew Krawchyk to take third place in the 200 free relay. In that event DU touched in 1:21.48. Kenyon won the event with a time of 1:19.70.
In the individual swimming events, the Big Red racked up 24 points in the 200 freestyle thanks to four top-15 swims. Fronk paced DU with an eighth-place showing in the championship final and a time of 1:40.23. Sophomore Carlos Maciel opened some eyes in the consolation final by placing third in the heat and 11th overall with a time of 1:39.45.
Maciel’s teammate Al Weik followed in 12th place in 1:39.78 and rookie Sean Chabot rounded out the event for DU with a time of 1:40.96 which was good for a 15th-place finish.
In Thursday’s second event, the 400 individual medley, Dan Thurston turned in a time of 3:55.22 from lane two and that was good enough for a third-place finish. Thurston turned on the jets in the freestyle portion of the race as his 50-yard free split of 25.93 was tops in the event. Also earning points for the Big Red in the consolation final was Jackson Humphrey who took 13th place in 4:01.71.
In the 100 butterfly, Barry placed 16th overall in 50.38. It marked the 10th All-America swim in Barry’s career. It was also his first All-America performance in a fly event.