MEN FINISH DAY 3 OF CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SECOND PLACE
February 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks in part to a late rally, the IUPUI men's swimming and diving team finished Day 3 of the 2014 Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships in second place.
Following diving, the Jags trailed South Dakota State by one point entering the 400 medley relay, but the Jaguars quartet of Tony Carroll, Adam Ferguson, Daniel Heringer and Lennart Kuester placed third in a new school-record time of 3:21.60 to give IUPUI a three-point lead over the Jackrabbits for second place heading into the final day. Denver leads with 708 points.
"We had a good day out there and some guys really stepped up for us," head coach Matt Bos. "We're now at the end of the meet and everybody is hurt. We're going to have to fight through some soreness and come back with one good day tomorrow to finish this meet off on a positive note."
In the prelims, Alexander Rhoda started the morning off by trimming more than five seconds off his seed time to make his way into the 'A' final of the 400 IM with a time of 4:05.24 - the second-best time in school history. A.J. Bernth also qualified for 'B' final with a PR time of 4:12.27.
Heringer then broke his own school record in the prelims with a time of 50.07 in 100 fly, and three others managed to advance to the 'B' final in Josh Garmon, John Kamphuis and Luke Haskett.
The trio theme continued when Rich Sunkel, Kuester and Jared Allen all made the 'A' final in the 200 free with personal best times of 1:39.58, 1:40.62 and 1:40.91.
Ferguson broke his own school record by more than 1.50 seconds in the 100 breast prelims with a time of 56.35 to earn the fourth seed overall heading into the evening. Ben Weingart and Landan Mintch placed 10th and 11th in the prelims to make the 'B' final.
Luke Haskett closed out the morning by cutting 1.50 seconds off his career-best time and made his way into the 'A' final of the 100 back with a time of 50.85.
Bernth kicked off the evening finals by trimming more than two seconds of his 400 IM prelims time and posted a time of 4:10.23 to place third in the 'B' final and 11th overall. Rhoda cut his personal-best time to 4:04.29 in the 'A' final, narrowly missing out on the school record by .09 seconds.
Heringer then used a late rally in the 100 fly to become the first Jaguar to post a sub 50-second time in the event with a fourth-place mark of 49.84 in the 'A' final.
Kuester, Sunkel and Allen finished in fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 200 free 'A' final, before Mintch won the 'B' final of the 100 breast with a career-best time of 58.70. Ferguson followed that with a fifth-place time of 57.13 in the 'A' final of the 100 breast.
In the final individual swimming event, Carroll won the 'B' final of the 100 back with a time of 50.95, finishing just ahead of Haskett who finished eighth in the 'A' final.
In diving action, Cody Watts narrowly missed out on another diving title by posting a score of 314.40 to finish second in the one-meter. South Dakota State's Connor Florand won the event with a score of 326.75, and both Florand and Watts bested the previous conference record of 311.40.
The Jags close out the conference championships on Saturday, Feb. 22, with prelims starting at 11 a.m. and finals beginning at 6 p.m.