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Men's Championship: Day 2 Recap

2006 NCAA Division III Men’s
Swimming & Diving Championships
hosted by Carleton College, University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, March 16-18, 2006
Day 2 Championship Finals Recap

Minneapolis – Kenyon College extended its lead in the team race and Emory’s Justin Hake and The College of New Jersey’s Steve Swenson pulled individual upsets at the second day of the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center.

Kenyon, which took a 42-point lead into Friday night’s championship finals, extended its margin to 80 points in the Lords’ quest for its 27th consecutive national title. The streak is the longest in any sport at any level in the NCAA. Kenyon has 324 points, with Denison second at 244 points. Emory is third with 213 points, followed by Williams at 204 and Johns Hopkins in fifth with 185 points. Locally, St. Olaf is seventh with 133 points, Gustavus is 11th with 70 points and Carleton is 26th with 18 points.

Individually, Hake upset three-time defending champion Andrejs Duda of Kenyon, touching home in 48.15 to Duda’s 49.30. Duda was bidding to become only the seventh Division III male swimmer or diver to win a single event all four years. The second-place finish also means he can only match UC San Diego’s Travis Miller’s Division III record of nine individual titles. Swenson, meanwhile, dropped nearly a half-second off his morning preliminary time to win the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.25, marking the first national title by a Lion student-athlete in men’s swimming and diving since 1994.

Williams senior Will Cunningham had the most notable individual effort of the day, winning the 100-yard backstroke for the third time in his career. He set a new NCAA Championships record in the morning preliminary in 48.60 and touched home in 48.79 in the finals. He’s the first Division III student-athlete to win the 100 backstroke three consecutive times since Kenyon’s Tim Bridgeman accomplished the feat from 1977-79.

Other individual winners included Washington University’s Eric Triebe winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:39.12a night after finishing runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle. Kenyon’s Travis Brennion successfully defended his 400-yard individual medley title in 3:55.04, winning by more than two full seconds.

Kenyon won its third relay of the meet, taking the 200-yard medley relay in 1:31.73, nipping Johns Hopkins by 0.04 seconds. Denison took the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:40.72, ending Kenyon’s nine-year run in the event.

Action in the three-day event, hosted by Carleton College, concludes on Saturday, March 18. Preliminary action begins at 11 a.m., with the championships finals beginning with the 1,650-yard freestyle timed final at 4:30 p.m.

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