GREENSBORO, NC - Freshman Kingsley Bowen was fourth and senior tri-captain Michael Winget was seventh in the 200 backstroke as the Tufts men's swimming & diving team finished one of its most successful weeks at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday.
Both Jumbo swimmers will come home with a pair of All-American honors (top eight) and an honorable mention All-American award (ninth through 16th) following a strong four days at the national meet. Junior diver Matt Rohrer also earned two All-American finishes, giving Tufts six total for the week.
With the points scored by these All-American finishes, the Tufts men earned 12th place with a 93 score. That's the best showing by the team at Nationals since the 2006 squad was 10th in the nation. That team posted All-American finishes in five events.
On Saturday, Bowen's 1:47.69 in the 200 back placed fourth in the nation. That matched Winget's fourth place in the 100 backstroke on Friday as the best Tufts finish at NCAA's in the last 30 years. Bowen had posted an identical 1:47.69 time that was fourth in the 200 back preliminaries earlier on Saturday.
Winget swam a time of 1:47.98 in the 200 back final for seventh place. It's the second straight year that he is an All-American in the event after taking fifth place (1:47.70) last season. He had also been seventh in Saturday's 200 back prelims (1:47.83).
Saturday's action closed Winget's career as one of the top NCAA performers in Jumbo history. He will leave the team with three All-American times including the 200 back and 100 back (48.76) this season and the 200 back last year. He also achieved three honorable mention All-American performances in his career, including ninth in the 100 butterfly earlier this week (48.82).
Bowen debuted at the NCAA's in tremendous fashion this week, adding today's 200 back All-American performance to Friday's eighth-place All-American finish in the 100 back (49.13). He was also honorable mention All-American in the 100 fly on Thursday (48.86 for 10th).
Rohrer was seventh in both three-meter diving on Wednesday (479.85) and the one-meter competition on Friday (460.90).
Also on Saturday, senior Anthony DeBenedetto finished his Tufts career with a 1:55.83 in the 200 backstroke for 34th place.