SHENANDOAH, TEXAS – Sophomore Kingsley Bowen of the No. 14 Tufts University men's swimming & diving team put on quite the show during second-day action at the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday, as he broke the program record in the 100-yard butterfly twice and earned his third career All-American accolade on the individual side in Shenandoah, Texas.
|James McElduff placed 14th during the final of the 400 IM Thursday.|
The Jumbos totaled four honorable mention All-American honors and a pair of All-American honors during second-day action at the Conroe ISD Natatorium, as the Jumbos currently sit in 11th overall with 54 points heading into third-day action on Friday.
Bowen, a two-time All-NESCAC Team selection, finished seventh overall and clocked a program-best time of 48.74 during the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly. The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native was not satisfied with his top-caliber performance, as he rattled off another record-breaking performance in the final of the event with a time of 48.47.
He finished sixth overall in the final, collected 13 team points and earned his third All-American accolade (top-eight overall) in an individual-oriented event during the past two years at the national championship. He also collected one honorable mention All-American honor (ninth through 16th overall) last season on the national stage.
Senior captain Matt Rohrer also starred for the Jumbos, as he earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish (473.25) during the final of the 1-meter diving event. The Katonah, New York, native now has five All-American honors during his legendary career, as he earned 12 points for the team off the 1-meter board on Thursday. He also has collected a pair of honorable mention All-American accolades during his career.
Juniors Zach Wallace and James McElduff took care of business during the final of the 400 IM, as both swimmers collected honorable mention All-American honors during the event. Wallace finished 12th overall (3:58.97) and McElduff placed 14th (4:02.21), as the two stars combined for eight team points.
Wallace now has a pair of honorable mention All-American honors from individual events that he will be able to take home, as he placed 13th during the final of the 200 IM (1:50.00) on Wednesday. McElduff's honorable mention All-American honor was the first of his career on the individual side. During the preliminaries of the 400 IM, Wallace (3:59.14) and McElduff (4:00.77) finished 10th and 14th overall, respectively.
The Jumbos' elite performance transferred over to the team-oriented events as well, with the squad boasting a pair of honorable mention All-American honors during relay events. Freshmen Roger Gu and Costa Camerano, McElduff and Wallace placed 11th overall during the final of the 200 freestyle relay (1:22.16, 11 points). Bowen, freshman Eric Shi, Wallace and Gu grabbed 14th-place acknowledgment during the final of the 400 medley relay (3:20.03, six points).
The Jumbos recorded a program-best time of 3:18.97 and finished 11th overall during the preliminaries of the 400 medley relay, behind the performances of Bowen, Shi, Wallace and Gu. Gu, Camerano, McElduff and Wallace worked as a cohesive unit in the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle, placing 13th overall with a time of 1:22.25.
The Jumbos will compete in third-day action at the national championships on Friday, with the preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. and the finals scheduled to start at 6 p.m. McElduff, Wallace, sophomore Noah Cagley and Bowen will compete in the 800 freestyle relay. In individual action, Bowen will hit the water in the 100 backstroke, while McElduff will suit up for the 200 butterfly.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern