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Bartlett

Defending champion Denison opened its season with 181-96 win against visiting Asbury.

Denison racked up 11 victories on the night and was led in wins by junior Quinn Bartlett and first-year Ben Snader who each won three events.

Bartlett picked up right where he left off last spring with a convincing win in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.02. He also won the 50 free in 21.46 and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 medley relay along with Robert Barry, Snader, and Mike Barczak. The foursome combined for a time of 1:35.66.

Snader made a splash in his first collegiate meet by taking first place in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. In the 100 he finished in 1:00.55 and in the 200 he posted a time of 2:13.41.

Other multi-event winners were Barry, Barczak and first-year diver Connor Dignan. Barry took home wins in the 100 backstroke in 51.05 and the 200 medley relay while Barczak also swam on the 200 medley relay along with his victory in the 100 freestyle in 47.47 seconds.

Dignan, who had plenty of competition on his own team in All-American Gabe Dixson and former North Coast Athletic Conference champion, Phil Meyer, held off his teammates with a score of 265.53 in the 3-meter and a 291.60 in the 1-meter. Dignan's score in the 1-meter was less than eight points shy of breaking the six-dive school record set by Stephen Julka in 2008.

In the 3-meter dive, Meyer finished just behind Dignan with a score of 259.50 and Dixson posted a score of 249.90.

Rounding out the winners for Denison were sophomore All-Americans Al Weik and Carlos Maciel. Weik, the national record holder in the mile, posted a time of 9:36.28 to win by more than 13 seconds in the 1,000 yard freestyle. Maciel would go on to win the 200 freestyle in 1:45.12.