GREENSBORO, N.C. – Junior Roger Gu of the Tufts University men's swimming team finished an outstanding week at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday by placing second in the 100 freestyle.
Gu, who won the 50 freestyle national title on Wednesday night, engaged in another close race with Emory University senior Trey Kolleck in the 100 free final tonight. On Wednesday, Gu beat Kolleck for the 50 free title 19.49 to 19.69. Tonight Kolleck had the edge as his 43.31 mark defeated Gu's 43.70.
Tufts finished 10th as a team in the NCAA standings, marking their third straight year in the NCAA top 10. It's their fourth straight season among the top 12 teams in the nation. The Jumbos accumulated a total of 147 points. Denison won the national championship with a 562.5 score.
In addition to Gu's second-place 100 free finish tonight, the Jumbos also earned All-American honors (top eight) in the 400 freestyle relay which closed the Championships. Tufts' foursome of sophomore Tyler Tatro, Gu, senior co-captain Kingsley Bowen and freshman Victor Vollbrechthausen finished seventh with a 3:01.07 time.
Bowen also earned another honorable mention All-American time of 1:48.81 in the 200 backstroke for 13th place. Jumbo sophomore Nathan Mitchell (1:49.36) and freshman Nate Tingen (1:50.82) were also among the NCAA top 30 in the 200 back today.
In addition to becoming a national champion, Gu finished the NCAA meet with five All-American honors. Along with the 50 and 100 frees and 400 free relay, he was second with the 200 freestyle relay and seventh with the 200 medley relay. He also had an honorable mention award with the 400 medley relay.
Bowen finished his outstanding Tufts career at the meet. With three relay All-American honors and two individual and one relay honorable mentions this week (six total), Bowen achieved 20 All-American awards as a four-year national qualifier. He won seven individual All-American honors, six relay All-American honors and seven honorable mention finishes (four individual, three relays).
Junior Costa Camerano was a multiple All-American this week with the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Tatro and Vollbrechthausen both won All-American honors with the 400 free relay and were honorable mention as part of the 800 free relay.
Junior Matt Manfre (200 medley relay), Tingen (400 medley relay), freshman Tar Tar Jarusinchai (400 medley relay), senior Noah Cagley (800 free relay) and sophomore John Koster (800 free relay) also achieved honorable mention status this week.
Cagley, who along with Bowen were the only seniors on Tufts' NCAA roster, finished his career with two All-American and one honorable mention All-American awards with the 800 free relay.
In total, the Jumbos had 11 All-Americans and broke records in two events (50 free, 200 freestyle relay) at the 2019 NCAA meet.
The national championship meet was held in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.