INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Mount Union senior Tyler Fry (Massillon/Washington) swam a career-best time of 1:45.22 in the preliminaries but did not qualify for the finals in the 200-yard freestyle Thursday, his first day of competing, at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Fry will compete the next two days as he swims in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke. In the 100-yard backstroke, Fry will be the 13th seed on Saturday as he qualified with a time of 49.16. In the 200-yard backstroke race on Friday, he will be seeded 36th with a best time of 1:50.21.
The top 20 qualifiers in each event earned bids into the NCAA championship meet.
Once in the meet, each swimmer may compete in more optional events up to a maximum of three.
Fry is the first Mount Union male swimmer to compete in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships since Tyler Morre swam back in 2015.
The preliminaries will begin each day at 10 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m. each night.
The top eight placers in each event earn All-America honors and placers 9-16 earn Honorable Mention All-America accolades.