Denison left the natatorium in Indianapolis on Thursday night leading Kenyon College by three points after a scintillating 400 medley relay victory.  Denison's roll continued on Friday night and thanks to a dominating performance in the 100 backstroke and 34 unanswered points in the 1-meter dive, DU enters the final day of the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship with a 112-point lead on the Lords of Kenyon.

Through 15 events Denison has 471 points and Kenyon has 359 points.  Emory is third with 287 points.

2012 DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Last year, the 100 backstroke set the stage for Denison's Saturday charge to a national championship.  This year's performance did more than set

his 100 backstroke lead-off in the 400 medley relay in 47.56. Friday, he touched in 47.76 for the win. That marked the third event national title in Barry's career.

Following in third place was sophomore Sean Chabot in 48.86 seconds.  He held off teammate Quinn Bartlett by one one-hundredth of a second.  Fifth place was occupied by senior Mike Barczak and 14th went to Michael DeSantis.

The good times continued for Denison in the night's final event, the 800 freestyle relay.  For the sixth time out of the last seven years, the event title went to the Big Red as Sean Chabot, Carlos Maciel, Spencer Fronk and Al Weik broke the national record of 6:32.91 set by Denison's 2009 team.  The relay featured extremely consistent swims from all four members.  The closer was Weik who covered his 200 yards in 1:37.20, locking up the win by more than a second.  Denison's record time of 6:30.40 was more than five seconds faster than the third-place time.

Just prior to the 800 free relay, Denison's Gabe Dixson and Connor Dignan placed second and fourth respectively in the 1-meter dive. Last year Dixson placed fourth so his score of 506.30 was a 75 point improvement over 2011. In his final dive, Dixson posted a score of 67.60 which temporarily lifted him into first place. On the final dive of the competition, Johann Schmidt of Tufts posted an identical score of 67.60 to move past Dixson and into first-place. Dignan ended with a total of 484.30. Earlier in the morning senior Phil Meyer placed 13th in 422.15.  In the event, Denison gained another 36 unanswered points.

To open the night, Jackson Humphrey and Daniel Helman set the tone with top-five finishes in the 200 butterfly. Humphrey placed third with a school-record time of 1:49.14 and Hellman checked in fifth in 1:50.03.

Damon Rosenburg rounded out the scoring on Friday with a 10th place showing in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 56.31 picked up seven points for DU.

MEN'S DIII TEAM STANDINGS AFTER DAY 3
RANK SCHOOL POINTS
1 Denison 471
2 Kenyon 359
3 Emory 287
4 MIT 180
5 Redlands 178
6 Amherst 151
7 Johns Hopkins 147
8 Williams 142
9 UW-Stevens Point 115
10 Staten Island 74
11 College of NJ 61
12 Washington & Lee 51.5
13 Kalamazoo 50
14 Stevens 47
15 Rowan 44
16 Connecticut College 42.5
17 Whitworth 40
T18 UW-Oshkosh 36
T18 Gettysburg 36
20 Tufts 34
T21 DePauw 32
T21 Keene St. 32
T23 Calvin 30
T24 Colorado College 28.5
T25 Chicago 26
T26 Oberlin 24
T27 Ithaca 21
T28 Hartwick 20
T29 USMMA 19.5
30 Skidmore 18
30 Grinnell 18
32 St. Olaf 16
32 Whitman 16
34 Dickinson 13
35 Claremont Mudd-Scripps 12
36 Carleton 11
T37 Mary Washington 9
T37 UW-Eau Claire 9
T39 Union 6
T39 Springfield 6
T41 Sewanee 4
T41 Carnegie Mellon 4
T41 Puget Sound 4
T41 Pomona-Pitzer 4
T45 Washington University 3.5
T45 Alleghany 3.5
T47 Ohio Northern 3
T48 NYU 2
T49 Carthage 1
T49 Bowdoin 1