|The 200 freestyle relay of (l-r) Gu, Camerano, Brienza and Wallace swam a school record 1:21.75 in the final.|
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's swimming and diving team competed in the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday.
The Jumbos currently sit tied for eighth place after the second day of competition with 99 points. Denison holds the top spot at 325.5 points, Emory is in second with 200, and Kenyon is in third with 186.
Tufts had two entries in finals on the evening and another three in consolation finals. Finishers one through eight in the preliminaries compete in the finals with the next set of eight, nine through sixteen, competing in the consolation finals.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Roger Gu, Michael Brienza, Zach Wallace, and Costantino Camerano finished in eighth with a time of 1:21.75. The four earned All-American honors for their performance, which was a school record.
A team of Kingsley Bowen, Matthew Manfre, James McElduff, and Gu came in eighth place in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:17.53 to earn All-American honors for their effort. A combination of Bowen, Manfre, Wallace, and Gu set a school record in the preliminaries with a 3:17.29.
Bowen also competed in the 100 butterfly where he finished 10th with a time of 48.88 and earned honorable mention All-American honors. Bowen set a program record in the preliminaries with a time of 48.69. The other consolation final was in the 400 IM where McElduff finished in 3:57.68 and Wallace in 3:59.78, 11th and 16th respectively, and earned honorable mention All-American honors.
Freshmen Tyler Tatro and John LaLime also competed in the 200 freestyle, but did not advance to the finals. Tatro came into the event seeded 35th, but finished 26th with a time of 1:40.23 and LaLime was seeded 53rd and finished 48th with a 1:44.14.
Prior to the start of Thursday's evening session, the NCAA honored Tufts University associate head coach Nancy Bigelow for her years of service to college swimming. Currently in her 43rd year as a college swimming coach, including the past 36 seasons with the Jumbos, Bigelow is retiring at the end of the school year.
Seven Jumbos overall have now won All-American honors (top eight) in the two days: Gu (50 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay), Bowen (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), Manfre (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), Wallace (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Brienza (200 free relay), Camerano (200 free relay) and McElduff (400 medley relay).
Bowen in the 100 butterfly and McElduff and Wallace in the 400 individual medley have earned honorable mention All-American (places nine through 16).
Four school records have been broken thus far: the 200 medley relay (1:29.13), the 200 free relay (1:21.75), Bowen in today's 100 fly (48.69) and the 400 medley relay (3:17.29). Gu tied his 50 free record on Wednesday (19.95).
The competition will continue tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m.