SHENANDOAH, Texas – Sophomore diver James Stevick made his 2013 NCAA Championships debut on the second day of the Division III NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships and finished as the national runner-up. As a team, the Stags moved up two spots from 12th to 10th with 65 points after two days of competition. Kenyon (286) and Denison (228) are the top two teams after the second day.
In a dramatic 1-meter diving final in which three points separated the top-three finishers, Stevick finished with a finals score of 493, just 1.65 points behind Ben Lewis of Denison who captured the national championship. After qualifying, Stevick sat in 8th place overall out of eight qualifiers for the championship final.
Two more CMS records fell on the second day of competition. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Alex Poltash, senior Devin Bowers, sophomore Patrick Shultz and freshman Joseph Hinton finished in sixth place with a CMS and SCIAC record time of 1:21.42. Sophomore Cameron Whiting set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle preliminaries, but finished outside of qualifying for the finals.
In the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries, CMS had three swimmers in sophomore Marc Blumberg, senior Jordan Lieberman and Shultz as the trio finished in 27th, 28th and 31st, respectively, which did not qualify for the finals.
The swimming preliminaries ended with disappointment for the Stags as the 400-yard medley relay team of senior Blake Weber, senior Brad Perfect, Lieberman and Hinton was disqualified after swimming what would have been another CMS record.
Events on third day are as follows: 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 800-yard freestyle relay.
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