MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Kingsley Bowen of the Tufts University men's swimming and diving team highlighted the squad's performance on the third day of the NCAA Championships Friday with a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke in Indianapolis, Ind.
|The 800 free relay - (l-r) McElduff, Cagley, Tatro, Wallace - were seventh|
After three days of competition, Tufts is in eighth place with 139 points. Denison, Emory, and Kenyon make up the top three with 452.5, 250, and 243 points respectively. Tufts is 10 points behind seventh-place Pomona-Pitzer (149) and two in front of ninth-place Wash U (137).
Bowen, who was seeded third in the 100 back event, lived up to that ranking by swimming a 48.54 in the finals tonight to match his career-best finish at NCAA's. He placed third in the 200 backstroke last year. He earned All-American honors for his effort, making it his third such honor of the 2018 championships (200 and 400 medley relays as well) along with an honorable mention (100 butterfly).
In the 800 freestyle relay, a team of Noah Cagley, Zach Wallace, Tyler Tatro, and James McElduff, who were seeded ninth, swam a 6:42.33 to take seventh place. The event is a timed final, which means it is raced in two heats and then the times are compared to see where each team finished. The Jumbos came in first in their heat and earn All-American honors for their seventh-place finish.
McElduff swam in the other event for Tufts on the day, in the 200 butterfly. He finished 23rd in the prelims with a time of 1:50.47.
Nine 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 (100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), Manfre (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), Wallace (800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Brienza (200 free relay), Camerano (200 free relay), McElduff (800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay), Cagley (800 freestyle relay), and Tatro (800 freestyle 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 conclude tomorrow with the final day's preliminary races beginning at 10 a.m. Tufts will be attempting to improve upon last year's 10th-place finish at the NCAA meet. They were also 10th in 2006. A seventh-place finish, which the Jumbos earned in 1980, is not out of reach.