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Lucas Lang finished 11th with a 4;26.24 in the 500 (photo by Carlos Morales)
Lucas Lang finished 11th with a 4;26.24 in the 500 (photo by Carlos Morales)

Lucas Lang Earns Honorable Mention All-America Honors in 500 Free

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Lucas Lang finished in 11th place in the 500-yard freestyle to earn honorable mention All-America honors for the second year in a row on the first day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday at the Greensboro Aquatics Center. 

Lang came in 15th in prelims to earn one of the 16 spots in the evening session, but swam almost three seconds faster in the evening to jump to 11th place with a 4:26.74. Last year, he came in ninth place after winning the consolation final. 

At least year's championships, Lang also finished as the runner-up in the 1650 with a 15:17.24, breaking CMS and SCIAC records in the process. That race will take place on Saturday as Lang will be in the evening session, and he is also scheduled to be in the 200 free tomorrow. 

Frank Applebaum was also in action in the first of his three races, and he ended up in 19th place in prelims, just missing the evening session. He still has his specialties left in the butterfly, after winning the NCAA title last year in a Division III record in the 200 fly, and also earning All-America honors in the 100 fly.

The 100 fly will be tomorrow for Applebaum, while Lang will be in the 200 free. Applebaum will cap off his championship week with the 200 fly on Friday and Lang will close out with Saturday's 1650.