SHENANDOAH, TEXAS – The No. 14 Tufts University men's swimming & diving team competed at its optimal level when the lights shined the brightest at the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships, as the Jumbos collected six All-American honors and another six honorable mention All-American accolades on Wednesday-Saturday in Shenandoah, Texas.
|Roger Gu set a program record in the 100 free Saturday.|
The Jumbos finished 10th overall with 126 points during the four-day meet, as the last time the program placed 10th at the national event was during the 2005-06 season.
"For the men to step up on the biggest stage at the NCAA Championships, and set 10 program records and finish in 10th place was amazing," head coach Adam Hoyt said. "I am extremely proud of their effort and performances this season."
Sophomore Kingsley Bowen was recognized as an All-American (top-eight overall) in three individual events at the Conroe ISD Natatorium, which occurred in the 200-yard backstroke (third overall, program record of 1:46.33) on Saturday, the 100 backstroke (sixth, 48.99) on Friday and the 100 butterfly (sixth, program record of 48.47) on Thursday.
The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native now has five All-American awards and one honorable mention All-American honor (ninth through 16th overall) on the individual side during his two-year career at the national championships.
Senior captain Matt Rohrer made sure that his last meet as a Jumbo was going to be a memorable one, as earned All-American acknowledgement off the 1-meter board (seventh, 473.25) on Thursday and in the 3-meter competition (eighth, 504.10) on Saturday. Rohrer, a four-time competitor at nationals, has enough honors to decorate an entire trophy case, as he ends his career as a six-time All-American and a two-time honorable mention All-American.
Junior Zach Wallace, who was competing at his first national event, earned honorable mention All-American recognition during the 400 IM (12th, 3:58.97) on Thursday and the 200 IM (13th, 1:50.00) on Wednesday.
Junior James McElduff, also a first-time competitor at the national championships, will be able to take home his first honorable mention All-American accolade, as he finished 14th during the 400 IM (4:02.21) on Thursday.
The Jumbos' success did not lie solely in individual events, as it traveled over to the team-oriented relay events. The Jumbos broke the program record in the 400 freestyle relay twice on Saturday, as McElduff, Bowen, junior Lorenzo Lau and freshman Roger Gu claimed honorable mention All-American honors with an 11th-place finish (program-best time of 3:00.86) in the final of the event. During that event, Gu tallied a program record in the 100 freestyle (44.71) in a leadoff capacity.
Sophomore Noah Cagley, Wallace, Bowen and McElduff finished in a tie for eighth during the final of the 800 freestyle relay with a program-best time of 6:40.19, as the cohesive unit boasted All-American honors in the event on Friday.
Gu, freshman Costa Camerano, McElduff and Wallace contributed with an honorable mention All-American performance during the 200 freestyle relay on Thursday, as the group finished 11th overall with a time of 1:22.16. The group of Bowen, freshman Eric Shi, Wallace and Gu also came ready to compete on Thursday, clocking a time of 3:20.03 in the final of the 400 medley relay and finishing 14th overall, which was good for another honorable mention All-American award.
In the preliminaries on Saturday, Bowen finished sixth overall in the 200 back (1:46.96), Gu placed 22nd in the 100 freestyle (45.19) and Wallace placed 23rd in the 200 back (1:50.58). The relay unit, featuring McElduff, Bowen, Lau and Gu, finished 12th overall (3:01.78) in the 400 freestyle relay.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern