ROCHESTER, Mich. - The SMU men's swimming & diving team won three events on day two of the NIC Chmpionships in Rochester, Mich., on Thursday, allowing the Mustangs to open up a big lead in the team standings. SMU's Ian Clark grabbed the top spot in the 200 IM (1:47.76), senior Camilo Becerra won the 50 free (19.76) and the team of Becerra, Ferdi Postma, Per Nylin and Emilio Garmendia notched the 200 free relay gold (1:19.86). SMU is in first place by 63 points.
SMU just missed a fourth win in the evenings first event when Postma (4:25.75) finshed in a close second to Andrew Affleck (4:24.28) of Hawai'i in the 500 free final. Ric Hampson (4:33.67) and Jessen Wabeke (4:40.53) also swam in the 'A' final of the 500 free and finished fifth and sixth respectively.
The Mustangs had four qualifiers make the finals of the 200 IM and grabbed three of the top four spots. Clark, a sophomore, took the gold by nearly three seconds, while J.D. White finished in third (1:50.17).Teammate Justin Smith (1:50.93) finished just short of a medal in fourth and junior Chase Ingraham (1:56.88) was the fourth SMU entry and finished eighth.
Becerra and Nylin (20.12) finshed one-two in the 50 free final and Garmendia (20.69 was not far behind in fourth.
Diving action saw SMU have multiple entries once again as Beau Sydes (517.55) took home second and Chad Chokel (471.10) placed third in the 3-meter competition.
SMU wrapped up the evening by winning the 200 free relay by nearly two seconds.
Action continues on Friday in Rochester with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 1-meter diving and the 400 medley relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.