Amherst's Fraser Wins 500-yard Freestyle at Day One of NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Amherst's Fraser Wins 500-yard Freestyle at Day One of NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Courtesy Amherst/Macalester Sports Information

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Amherst sophomore Alex Fraser (Willowbrook, Ill.) set a national record in the 500-yard Freestyle during day one of the 2009 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

After trailing for the first 150 yards, Fraser took the lead at the 200-yard marker and never looked back, pulling away for a 4:21.95 to finish nearly two seconds ahead of runner-up Alex Beyer of Washington University.

Kenyon men hold the top spot in the standings after the first of four days at the NCAA Championships. Kenyon has 154 points to take an early advantage over Emory (101) and St. Olaf (78). Kenyon is going for its 30th consecutive NCAA title.

Kenyon also has a lead in the race for the women’s crown as the Division III championships are being held as a co-ed meet for the first time. The Ladies, the defending women’s champions, took first-place finishes in the evening’s second and third events. With 142 team points, Kenyon enjoys a lead over Denison (111), Emory (111) and Williams (89½).

Other NESCAC competitors of note from day one include Amherst sophomore Kendra Stern. Stern finished second in the 500-yard Freestyle with a time of 4:48.15, just over a second shy of the top time.

In the women's 200-yard IM, senior Amanda Nicholson and first year Logan Todhunter placed second and third, respectively, with times of 2:02.74 and 2:03.15.

Bates senior Kelsey Lamdin was among the top eight finalists in the 3-meter Diving competition, as her score of 416.55 was good enough for a sixth-place showing.

In the relay events, the Williams women were fifth in the 200-yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:44.48.