MEDFORD – Tufts University will send 13 swimmers to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships coming up March 20-23 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The 13 NCAA qualifiers are two more than the team had last year when they went and finished seventh at the NCAA meet, the best by the Jumbos since 1982 when Tufts was sixth. Jumbos will compete in 13 NCAA events overall this season.
Jumbo senior tri-captain Kingsley Bowen will conclude his outstanding career at the meet. He is individually qualified in the 100 and 200 backstrokes as well as the 100 butterfly. He is seeded fifth in both the 100 back (48.42) and the 200 back (1:46.48). In his three previous trips to NCAA's, Bowen has earned seven individual All-American awards (top eight), three relay All-American honors and four honorable mention (places nine through 16) finishes (two individual, two relays). He was third in the 100 and 200 backstrokes last year, as well as third in the 200 back as a sophomore in 2017. He will swim in the 100 butterfly this year as well.
Tufts junior Roger Gu enters the NCAA meet as the #1 seed in both the 50 freestyle (19.77) and the 100 freestyle (43.78). He was the national runner-up in the 100 free last season and placed fourth in the 50 freestyle. He's also entered in the 200 freestyle, where he's ranked 23rd (1:39.75). Gu has two individual and four relay All-American finishes in his career, as well as three relay honorable mention honors.
The Jumbos will race in all five relays at Nationals. In addition to Bowen and Gu, they also have relay All-Americans Noah Cagley, Costa Camerano, Matt Manfre and Tyler Tatro heading to the meet. The highest-ranked Jumbo relays are the 200 free group and the 400 medley foursome, who both go into NCAA's ranked fourth. The 200 free team of Camerano, sophomore JJ Batt, sophomore Lomax Turner and Gu won the NESCAC Championship with a 1:21.21 time. Freshman Nate Tingen, freshman Tar Tar Jarusinchai, Bowen and Gu combined on a conference-champion 400 medley relay time of 3:16.43.
The 200 medley relay team of Bowen, Manfre, Camerano and Gu are ranked fifth nationally with a 1:29.26 mark that was also first at NESCAC's. The 800 free relay will include sophomore John Koster, Cagley and Tatro, while the 400 free relay consisted of Tatro, Bowen, freshman Victor Vollbrechthausen and Gu (6:42.34). Relay foursomes are subject to change at the NCAA meet.
In addition to their relay work, Camerano, Jarusinchai, Tatro and Tingen will also compete individually. Camerano also qualified for the 50 free (20.64) and the 100 fly (49.28). Jarusinchai is in the 200 individual medley (IM) field (1:51.09). Tatro will swim in the 200 free (1:39.76) and the 500 free (4:32.86). Tingen is entered in the 100 back (49.57) and 200 back (1:49.72).
Sophomore Nathan Mitchell is also qualified in both backstrokes as well as in the 200 IM. He is seeded eighth with his 1:49.72 200 IM time from NESCAC's, the highest individual seed among the Jumbos other than Bowen and Gu.
Seventh as a team at the NCAA meet last year and 10th in 2017, the Jumbos appear to have the numbers for another top 10 finish nationally this season at least.
The national championship meet will take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.