SHENANDOAH, TEXAS – It was a successful opening day of action for the No. 14 Tufts University men's swimming & diving team at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships, as the Jumbos recorded a pair of program records at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
|Roger Gu performed well during his debut at the NCAA Championships.|
Junior Zach Wallace, who is making his debut on the national stage, broke his own program record in the 200-yard IM, as he finished 11th overall during the preliminaries of the event with a time of 1:49.82. The La Jolla, California, native then earned the first honorable mention All-American honor (ninth through 16th overall) of his career during the final of the of the 200 IM, as he claimed 13th-place honors (four points) with a time of 1:50.00.
Wallace had previously set the program record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:50.67 on Feb. 17 at the NESCAC Championships. Junior James McElduff, who is also making his debut in the national spotlight, finished 28th overall in the preliminaries of the 200 IM, clocking a time of 1:52.45.
Sophomore Kingsley Bowen once again broke his program record in the 50 backstroke on Wednesday, by tallying a time of 22.74 in a leadoff role during the preliminaries of the 200 medley relay. The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native has been exceptional during his career in the national spotlight, as he boasted two All-American honors and one honorable mention All-American accolade during the 2016 NCAA Championships.
The Jumbos posted a time of 1:31.33 and placed 17th overall during the preliminaries of the 200 medley relay, behind the efforts of Bowen, freshman Eric Shi, Wallace and freshman Roger Gu. Gu also finished in 22nd overall during the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle (20.73).
The Jumbos totaled four points during opening-day action, as the squad currently sits in 25th overall.
The Jumbos will compete in second-day action of the NCAA Championships on Thursday in Shenandoah, Texas, with the preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. and the finals slated for 6 p.m.
Bowen, Shi, Wallace and Gu will lead the charge in the 400 medley relay, while freshman Costa Camerano, McElduff, Wallace and Gu will compete in the 200 freestyle relay. Bowen will compete in the 100 butterfly, senior captain Matt Rohrer will suit up for the 1-meter diving event, and McElduff and Wallace will take part in the 400 IM.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern