Did you expect anything less?
At the halfway point of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship, only three points separate Denison and Kenyon on the scoreboard. Thanks to a meet record in the 400 medley relay, it’s the Big Red who leads the Lords 290-287.
|2012 DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Day 2 Results|
|Full Day 2 Replay: Men Women|
|Day 2 Highlights: Men Women|
|Day 1 Results|
|Full Day 1 Replay: Men Women|
Denison picked up its second national title of the championship and the first 400 medley relay title in school history thanks to a stunning performance from Robert Barry, Damon Rosenburg, Spencer Fronk and Mike Barczak.
Barry started things off with a 46.56 100 backstroke split which opened up a two-second lead for DU. Rosenburg followed with the fastest breaststroke split in the race at 55.31 while Fronk countered with a 48.20 butterfly split that was bested only by Emory’s Patrick Augustyn, who won the 100 fly championship earlier in the night. The anchor leg was handled by veteran sprint freestyler Mike Barczak who closed in 44.02 to become a national champion for the first time in his career. Denison’s time of 3:15.09 broke the previous national record of 3:15.35 set by Kenyon last year.
Denison entered the final relay of the night trailing the Lords by seven points. After Kenyon’s fourth-place finish in the relay caused a 10-point swing, Denison had the lead.
Two other events were critical to Denison’s strong second day as the Big Red landed three swimmers in the championship final of the 400 individual medley and the 200 freestyle. In the 400 IM, sophomore Al Weik continued his outstanding meet with a second-place finish with a time of 3:54.02. Following in fifth and sixth place, respectively were Jackson Humphrey (3:55.88) and Dan Thurston (3:56.37).
In the 200 free, it was Sean Chabot, Carlos Maciel and Fronk who placed 4-5-7, respectively. For Chabot, it marked his highest individual finish at nationals as he touched in 1:37.72. Maciel followed in 1:39.26 and Fronk logged a time of 1:39.57.
Two events prior to his brilliant backstroke split in the 400 medley relay, Barry narrowly missed a national championship in the 100 butterfly, placing second in 48.32. The winner was Augustyn of Emory in 48.22.
The first event of the night saw Denison’s team of Barry, Fronk, Quinn Bartlett and Fronk place fourth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:21.39.
|10||Washington & Lee||51.5|
|11||College of New Jersey||50|