CWRU Men Finish 33rd at NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

CWRU Men Finish 33rd at NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

The Case Western Reserve University men's swimming and diving team wrapped-up competition at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina on Saturday, finishing in 33rd-place at the meet.

Another school record fell on Saturday, as senior Aaron Tam broke his own program record for the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.05 as the leadoff leg of the Spartans' 400-yard freestyle relay.  The time was two-hundredths of a second faster than his previous school record in the event, set last season.  The relay, which included Tam, sophomore Drew Hamilton, sophomore Oliver Hudgins and junior Andrew Henning, finished 18th in the preliminaries of the event with a time of 3:04.21, the second-fastest time in school history.

Also on Saturday, Hamilton placed 18th in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:02.85, while Hudgins finished 27th in the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:51.05.

All five Spartans who attended the 2016 NCAA Championships came home with All-America Honorable Mention certificates.  On the first day of the meet, senior diver Connor Farrell earned his award with a 14th-place finish in the three-meter dive with a score of 439.85, becoming the first diver in the program's history to claim the honor. 

The four Spartan swimmers each claimed a certificate during the third day of the meet, with Tam breaking the school record in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:49.76 in the preliminaries, en route to a 13th-place finish in the finals.  Later in the day of Friday, the Tam, Hamilton, Henning and Hudgins finished 10th in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:42.43.

Case Western Reserve totaled 21 points during the four-day meet to finish in 33rd-place out of the 55 teams that scored at the NCAA Championships.  Denison won the meet with 455.5 points, followed by Kenyon (418.5) and Emory (340.5).

The meet concludes the 2015-16 season for the Spartans.