SHENANDOAH, TEXAS – The No. 14 Tufts University men's swimming & diving team has totaled five honorable mention All-American honors and four All-American awards during the opening three days of the NCAA Division III Championships at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
The Jumbos currently sit in ninth overall with 87 points heading into final-day action on Saturday, as the squad holds a one-point advantage over 10th-place UW-Stevens Point and a four-point cushion over 11th-place TCNJ. Emory is currently atop the standings with 325 points.
The Jumbos placed 12th overall during the 2016 NCAA Championships, which was the team's best performance at the national event since the 2005-06 season (10th overall).
Sophomore Kingsley Bowen, who has collected a total of four All-American honors (top-eight overall) and one honorable mention All-American honor (ninth through 16th overall) on the individual side during his two-year stint on the national stage, earned All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (48.99, 13 points) on Friday. The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native put on a show during the preliminaries of the event, as he grabbed third-place recognition with a program record of 48.61.
Junior James McElduff finished in 18th overall, clocking a time of 1:50.63 during the preliminaries of the 200 butterfly, as he narrowly missed out on an opportunity to compete in the final of the event. The top-16 finishers from the preliminary round advance to the final.
Sophomore Noah Cagley made a name for himself during his debut in the national spotlight, as he posted a program record in the 200 freestyle when he served in a leadoff role during the 800 freestyle relay.
The Jumbos also garnered All-American honors in the final of the 800 freestyle relay, as Cagley, junior Zach Wallace, Bowen and McElduff finished in a tie for eighth overall with a program-best time of 6:40.19.
During final-day action on Saturday at the national championships, McElduff, Bowen, junior Lorenzo Lau and freshman Roger Gu will compete in the 400 freestyle relay. On the individual side, Bowen and Wallace will suit up for the 200 backstroke, while Gu will participate in the 100 freestyle. Senior captain Matt Rohrer will suit up as a Jumbo for the last time, as he will take part in the 3-meter diving event.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern