2016 NCAAs Day 1 Wrap Up

The first day has come and gone, we saw a lot of fast swimming, some close races, and a new national record! Here’s our recap of tonight’s finals.

Men’s 500 Freestyle

The top three separated themselves from the field with the difference between 3rd and 4th being 3 seconds. Greenhalgh managed to hold onto his title by fending off a surging Arhur Conover. Solid drops were also seen out of Palmer, Riek, and Hallman.

Women’s 500 Freestyle

It was a close race, but freshman Marysol Arce managed to beat out sophomore Rebecca Upton. This could be a matchup we could see for a few years down the road. Most of the remaining field held their times from prelims, but the 9-11 finishers of Edwards, Wawer, and Chambers all saw impressive time drops from their morning swims.

Men’s 200 IM

What a race! Re-breaking the record that he set earlier this morning was Jackson Lindell with a time of 1:46.00. Holder made it a close race but couldn’t catch the newly crowned NCAA record holder. Ian Reardon also threw down a personal best time to earn himself a 3rd place finish in the event.

Women’s 200 IM

Emily Hyde defended her individual title and remains undefeated in an individual event this season finishing over a second ahead of the nearest competitor. Prelims showed us potential for a shake up and that’s what we got with junior Sara Daher and freshmen Sam Senczyszyn beating Emma Waddell for 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Men’s 50 Free

Last year’s champion Jesse Novak has been unseated. Sophomore Oliver Smith dropped another .2 seconds from his prelim swim to place first with a 19.55. Thetford and Novak rounded out the top three, both also finishing under the 20.0 mark. As for the rest of the field, the tie trend bled over into the finals with Funk and Meek tying for 4th and Gaynor and Poltash tying for 11th.

Women’s 50 Free

This year’s 50 free was faster than last with the top 4 finishers all going under 23. Paulson and Muir were able to fend off Kane and Bartlett to hold their positions. Paulson finished just .07 seconds shy of the NCAA record set in 2009 by Elizabeth Carlton.

Men’s 3 Meter Diving

SUNY Geneseo’s Samuel Randall unseated last year’s champion for the title. Denison Senior Ben Lewis held on to claim 2nd place and Brian Allen rode a great evening performance to a 3rd place finish. Denison’s dominance on the boards really shown through here as they placed 2nd-4th.

Men’s 200 Medley

Williams distanced themselves from the rest of the pack in prelims and they only got faster in tonight’s finals. Nearly a second behind them were Kenyon and Emory who fought a close battle for 2nd with Kenyon coming out on top with a time of 1:28.81. Also making a splash was Wash U. Mo who’s strong back half pushed them past a solid Denison relay.

Women’s 200 Medley

Just like the men, the women’s 200 Medley winners left the field behind as Emory fell just short of the NCAA record by .19 seconds, but over a second ahead of runner-up Denison. Kenyon fended off Williams in a close fight for 3rd while the rest of the top 8 swam 1:43 mids.

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