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Wabash Has Solid Friday Morning, Diving Underway

Howard W. Hewitt - CANTON, Ohio - A solid Friday morning performance set the Little Giants up to rack up some points in tonight's Round Two of the NCAC Conference Swim Championships. The Little Giants trail powers Kenyon and Denison after one night of competition and hold a slim margin of Wittenberg and Wooster.

Before the week began, Coach Peter Casares said its all about getting numbers into the final heats and the Little Giants came through Friday morning.

The Little Giant 200 medley relay team finished fourth in preliminaries with a 1:39.04 swim. The "B" squad, which will swim tonight swam a 1:35.35.

Wabash will have two swimmers in the top 16 for the 400 individual medley. Brent Graham '09 had the seventh best time while Elijah Sanders just missed the finals cut, claiming the ninth slot. Four Wabash swimmers will compete tonight in the butterfly with senior Kyle Weaver and freshman Adam Petro both in the top eight. Robert Fozkos and Pat Laughlin swam the 19th and 20th fastest times.

Sophomore Jordon Blackwell will compete in the 200 freestyle finals while teammates Blaine Cooper-Surma, Phillip Towne, Craig Vetor, and Matt Routh all swam in top 20 times.

The 100 breaststroke and backstroke results were still being compiled when this blog was published.

Diving is underway with 8 competitors attempting to advance to tonight's finals. The Little Giants best hope in diving will be Rob Fenoglio '09 who finished fourth last year.

Note: Last night's school record performance by Brent Graham didn't go unnoticed. The sophomore broke John Murphy's 1980 500 free record by three seconds. Go the previous blog entry here and you'll see Murphy posted a comment of congratulations.

For live updates on scoring click here.

In photos: Top left, Robert Dent qualifies in the 100 breastroke. Center right, Adam Petro closes in on the all in the fly. Lower left, sophomore Jacob Peerman shows good form on his first dive of the NCAC diving competition.