GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – Tufts University junior Roger Gu captured the 50 freestyle swim title at the 2019 NCAA Division III championship meet in North Carolina on March 20.
Gu broke his own school and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) record with a winning time of 19.49 seconds.
He edged Emory University senior Trey Colleck (19.69).
A former Ashland High swimmer, Gu is the first Tufts University national swimming champion since Jim Lilley won the 100 butterfly 37 years ago.
Gu is also a former MetroWest YMCA stingray.
Ranked first in the 50 freestyle with a Tufts- and NESCAC-best time of 19.77 seconds entering NCAA’s, Gu broke that mark in the preliminaries on Wednesday morning with a 19.69. He then took two-tenths of a second off that time to win the final Wednesday night.
“It’s a surreal feeling, not just winning but the amount of love from everyone around me,” Gu said from North Carolina.
“I’m so absolutely blessed to be part of such a supportive community and couldn’t be more thankful. The race felt great and it was a lifetime best so I can’t complain. I’m proud to be a Jumbo and look forward to continuing to represent Tufts on a national stage,” said Gu.
Gu anchored the Tufts 200 medley relay which finished seventh with a 1:29.44 time.
With the two All-American (top eight) honors, Gu now has three individual and five relay All-American finishes in his career. He was fourth in the 50 freestyle last year. He will swim in the 100 and 200 freestyles later this week, as well as with most Jumbo relays.
Portions of this report courtesy of Tufts University athletics.