Meredith Nakano and Drew Onken once again garnered attention as each earned a win and other top-five finishes as the Davidson swimming & diving team completed the third and final day of action at the Total Performance Swim Camps Invitational, hosted by Kenyon College, on Friday.
Both won their respective 200-yard breaststroke events with Nakano taking first on the women's side in 2:19.93, while Onken led the men with a 2:01.48.
The Wildcat women took third overall at the meet, accruing 660.5 points. The Univ. of Pennsylvania took first with 1,565 points, while host Kenyon was second with 1,159.5. The men's squad finished fourth with 472 points. Penn also won the men's portion of the meet with 1,455.5 points, following by Kenyon with 1,369 and Carnegie Mellon with 523.
Nakano joined Caroline Vrana, Lauren Malachowski and Jean DeOrnellas for a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The four combined for a time of 1:46.69.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Nakano swam to a third place finish in the championship final with a time of 56.23. DeOrnellas was sixth, touching the wall in a time of 57.26. DeOrnellas also swam the championship final of the 100-yard freestyle, grabbing third place in a tie of 52.04. Malachowski joined her in the race and was sixth in a time of 52.19.
In addition to Nakano, Vrana also competed in the 200-yard breaststroke finals, taking eight overall. She posted a mark of 2:28.63 in the race.
Malachowski qualified for the championship final of the 200-yard backstroke and went on to take fifth place in the event, touching the pads in 2:04.48. Angie Healy also competed, taking 11th place in 2:07.01.
Anna Blair Bullock and Healy finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle. Bullock posted a 5:07.33 while Healy clocked in at 5:07.50 as part of the consolation final of the event. Allison Cottle was 13th overall, swimming a 5:08.02.
The women's 400-yard freestyle "A" relay also picked up a top-five finish, taking third overall. Nakano, Malachowski, DeOrnellas and Healy swam a season-best time of 3:29.43.
For the men, Onken, Brandon Kegley, Cameron Bard and Wills Cooper swam a 1:33.00 in the 200-yard medley relay to open the third day of action with a sixth-place finish.
Onken also finished fifth in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:50.91. Adam Hunter earned a spot in the consolation final, taking 11th with a 1:55.91. In addition to Onken in the 200-yard breaststroke, Spencer Gill and Drew Glenn also competed in the finals, taking sixth and eighth overall, respectively. Gill posted a 2:07.84 while Glenn swam a 2:09.61.
Onken also claimed second in the 200-yard IM, clocking in at 1:51.63 for a season-best.
Dylan Ludwick finished eighth in the 500-yard freestyle, swimming a 4:37.20 after posting a season-best 4:36.81 in the prelims. Kegley represented the ‘Cats in the sprint freestyle events, taking 11th in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.96.
The men's squad finished off the meet with a fourth-place finish by the "A" team in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Cooper, Ludwick, Kegley and Onken combined for a time of 3:07.07.
The women's team will be back in action on Jan. 19 when they host Arkansas in an 11 a.m. meet at Cannon Pool. Both squads will travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. on Jan. 26 to face CCSA foe Gardner-Webb and a 1 p.m. dual meet.