Men's Swimming and Diving in 8th Place After First Day of NCAA Championships

Gu's finish in the 50 freestyle was the top performance by a Jumbo on Wednesday.

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's swimming and diving team is in eighth place after day one of the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday.

The Jumbos competed in two finals on this first day of competition. Roger Gu finished in fourth place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.06 (15 points). In the preliminaries, he tied his program record of 19.95.

The other final was the 200 medley relay where a team of Kingsley Bowen, Matthew Manfre, Zach Wallace, and Gu came in sixth with a time of 1:29.13 (26 points), which is a program record. They actually set the record in the preliminaries (1:29.92) only to break it again later in the day in the finals.

The four Jumbos earned All-American honors for Wednesday's results, with Gu doing so in two events.

Tufts competed in two other events on the day. In the 500 freestyle, Tyler Tatro finished 27th with a 4:34.18 and John LaLime was 31st with a 4:35.97. LaLime came into the event ranked 33rd and improved upon that mark by two places.

The other event was the 200 IM where Zach Wallace and James McElduff both swam. Wallace finished in 21st with a time of 1:51.35 and McElduff was 28th finishing in 1:52.63. McElduff was seeded 43rd in the event coming in.

Gu's fourth and the relay sixth totaled 41 points for Tufts. Denison leads the meet with a 138.5 score. The Jumbos are the top New England team after one day.

The competition will continue tomorrow with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m.

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