Lucas Lang Wins National Title for Stags Swim and Dive

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Lucas Lang ’25, a computer science major at Harvey Mudd College, earned the national championship in the 1650-yard freestyle by a margin of just seven-hundredths of a second in a thrilling finish to highlight the final day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships March 23 at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.

Lang, who was the runner up in the 1650 as a freshman in 2022, and then finished fifth a year ago, earned the title by taking 9.33 seconds off of his time time this season with a 15:17.48, edging Connor Vincent of NYU with a 15:17.55.

Lang trailed by almost four seconds after 1000 yards, but then made his move to surge ahead at the 1300-yard mark. He led by 1.3 seconds with 50 yards to go, but Vincent made a final push to try to catch him and it came down to the final reach to the wall after over 15 minutes of racing, with less than a tenth of a second separating them.

Lang’s title makes it three years in a row that CMS swimming and diving has won a national championship. CMS ended up in 13th place in the team competition with 141 points over the four-day meet with 141 points. It was a big drop-off from 13th to 14th, where Johns Hopkins finished with 90.

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