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2013-14 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships


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Day One Recap

Day Two Recap

Day Three Recap

Day Four Recap


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NCAC Men's & Women's Records

Edited: Feb. 17, 2014

Date: Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 12-15 Host: Denison University Site: Trumbull Aquatics Center - Granville, Ohio

Denison Men and Women Capture Sixth Consecutive NCAC Championships (2/15)

The Denison University men and women successfully won their sixth-straight North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at the 30th annual event, hosted at DU's own Trumbull Aquatics Center, February 12-15.

The Big Red women, who totaled 1,839 points to capture the title, won seven total events, set one meet record and totaled 21 additional All-NCAC finishes to edge Kenyon for the sixth year in a row. The Ladies totaled 1,805 points after touching first in 11 races and nine additional All-NCAC finishes. DePauw finished in third in the women's standings with 1,087 points, followed by Wooster (894), Wittenberg (882), Allegheny (781), Oberlin (772), Ohio Wesleyan (510) and Hiram (296).



(photo by Allen Rich)

The Denison men won nine events en route to earning 1,898.5 points to edge the Kenyon Lords for the sixth-straight year. In addition to the event wins, the Big Red earned 19 additional All-NCAC finishes and set two conference records. Kenyon earned second place with 1,851 points after winning 10 races, setting four conference records and posting 16 additional All-NCAC finishes. DePauw finished third with 1,245.5 points, followed by Wabash (958), Oberlin (683), Ohio Wesleyan (625.5), Wittenberg (596), Wooster (541.5), Allegheny (475) and Hiram (198).



(photo by Allen Rich)

Denison senior Natalie Lugg (Woodbury, MN/Woodbury) was voted the 2014 NCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year after winning the 200 IM with an NCAC record time of 2:03.06 and also touching first in the 200 breast with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:17.40. She also finished second in the 100 breast (1:03.38) and swam the breaststroke legs on the second-place 200 medley (1:43.26) and 400 medley (3:47.42) relay teams.

Kenyon sophomore Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) was named the NCAC Female Diver of the Year after finishing first in both the one-meter (450.00) and three-meter (456.65) competitions with NCAA regional qualifying scores.

Kenyon junior Harrison Curley (Orlando, FL/Winter Park) was tabbed the 2014 NCAC Men's Swimmer of the Year after touching first in the 200 back with an NCAC record time of 1:46.38 and also finishing first in the 100 back with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 49.14. He also swam the opening backstroke leg on the Lords' winning 400 medley relay squad that reached the wall first in an NCAC record time of 3:16.43. Curley, a transfer from the University of Florida, also posted an All-NCAC finish in the 500 free by finishing third overall with a time of 4:31.43.

In the diving well, Denison junior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) was named the NCAC Men's Diver of the Year after winning both the one- and three-meter events. He established the NCAC and NCAA Div. III record on the three-meter board with a score of 645.70 and also topped the national record on the one-meter board with a score of 578.70. Both of Dignan's performances were regional qualifying efforts.

In addition, Kenyon freshman Alex Seaver (Eugene, OR/Marist) and DePauw freshman Angela Newlon (O'Fallon, IL/O'Fallon Twp.) were named the men's and women's Newcomers of the Year, respectively. Seaver swept the men's distance freestyle events with a time of 4:28.91 in the 500 and a time of 15:36.03 in the 1,650. Newlon set the NCAC record in the 500 freestyle with a winning time of 4:50.91 and also finished third in the 400 IM (4:28.27).

Denison's Gregg Parini was recognized as the NCAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for seventh time in his career, while Kenyon's Jess Book was named the NCAC Women's Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.

Denison's Russ Bertram took home the NCAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year honor for the first time in his career, while Allegheny's Fred Evanoff won the Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after also earning the distinction in 2012. 

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KC Ladies And DU Men Take Leads Into Final Day Of Competition (2/14)

The Kenyon College Ladies and the Denison University men hold the top spots in their respective leaderboards following day three of competition at the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. The Big Red men won four events on the evening to stand atop the standings with 1,460 points, while the KC Ladies have accumulated 1,234  points after winning five events on Friday night.

On the men's side, Kenyon sits in second with 1,305 points, followed by DePauw (792.5), Wabash (625), Oberlin (474), Ohio Wesleyan (455.5), Wittenberg (442), Wooster (316), Allegheny (312) and Hiram (147). The Denison women maintained second-place with 1,208 points, followed by DePauw (739), Wooster (582), Wittenberg (557), Oberlin (507), Allegheny (444), Ohio Wesleyan (313) and Hiram (163).

The Denison men opened night two strong by earning the title in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:30.17. The Kenyon men dominated in the 400 individual medley, sweeping places one through three, led by senior Andrew Chavalier (Golden, CO/Home Schooled) who topped his own NCAC record in the event with a winning time of 3:54.18. KC remained atop the podium in the 100 butterfly as sophomore Christian Josephson (Lebanon, OH/Archbishop Moeller) reached the wall first with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 48.62. Denison senior Carlos Maciel (Recife, Brazil/Colegio Marista Sao Luis), the winner of last night's 200 individual medley, earned his second individual event championship of the meet in the 200 freestyle with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:38.43. DU kept its momentum going in the men's 100 breaststroke as junior Damon Rosenburg (Leesburg, VA/Heritage) {left} won his third-straight league title in the event with an NCAC-record time of 54.66, eclipsing his own record of 55.29 set in 2013. The Lords earned their second individual title of the evening in the 100 back with junior Harrison Curley (Orlando, FL/Winter Park) reaching the wall first with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 49.14. In the final men's event of the night, the Big Red took the top six places in the men's one-meter diving competition, led by junior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AR/Desert Vista) who completed the sweep of the diving 2014 events by breaking the NCAA Div. III record with an 11-dive score of 578.70. Kenyon topped the field in the final men's event of the night with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 6:39.94 in the men's 800 freestyle relay.

In the women's competition, Kenyon added to its lead in Friday night's first event by touching the wall first in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:41.93. The women's 400 individual medley saw Denison junior Michelle Howell (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Acad.) defend her conference title in the event after reaching the wall first in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:24.00. Wooster earned its first women's individual championship at the conference meet since 2005 with freshman Courtney McGovern (Gainesville, FL/Sabastian River) {right} earning the 2014 league title in the 100 butterfly with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 56.36. The KC Ladies got back atop the podium in the women's 200 freestyle as senior Hillary Yarosh (West Chester, PA/Unionville) topped the championship field with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:49.62. Kenyon captured its third event victory of the night in the 100  breast with sophomore Katie Kaestner (Anacortes, WA/Anacortes) reaching the wall first in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:03.22. The Ladies also topped the championship field in the 100 back as junior Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) won her third-straight NCAC title in the event with a winning NCAA 'B' cut time of 55.35. The KC Ladies capped off night three by winning the 800 freestyle relay in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 7:27.66.

The 2014 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue tomorrow evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Kenyon Women and Denison Men Lead After First Full Day Of Competition (2/13)

After 12 total events, the Kenyon women and Denison men have swum out to early leads at the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. The Ladies won three of the evening's six women's events and finished atop the day two leaderboard with 575 points, while the Big Red men won three of the night's five men's events to finish day two with 670 points.

The Denison women, which won two events on the evening, sit in second place with 535 points, followed by DePauw (327), Wooster (228), Oberlin (222), Wittenberg (220), Allegheny (200), Ohio Wesleyan (153) and Hiram (58).

The Kenyon Lords, who won two events on day two, currently sits in second with 561 points, followed by DePauw (313.5), Wabash (240), Oberlin (214), Wittenberg (196), Ohio Wesleyan (177.5), Allegheny (157), Wooster (81), Hiram (44).

In the men's competition, Denison opened the night by winning the 200 freestyle relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:21.19. Kenyon took the top three places in the 500 freestyle, led by freshman Alex Seaver (Eugene, OR/Marist) who touched first in the race with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:28.91. The Big Red picked up their first individual event victory of the evening in the 200 IM with senior Carlos Maciel (Recife, Brazil/Colegio Marista Sao Luis) reaching the wall first with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:49.71. In addition, Maciel eclipsed his own NCAC meet record in the 200 IM (1:50.03) during Thursday morning's preliminaries with a time of 1:49.67. DU kept its momentum rolling into the 50 freestyle as sophomore Ryan Fleming (Lincoln, MA/Lincoln Sudbury Regional) topped the championship field with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 20.45. The night concluded on the men's side with the Kenyon Lords setting the NCAC meet record in the 400 medley relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 3.16.43.

The Denison women opened the evening by earning an NCAA 'B' cut in the 200 freestyle relay after reaching the wall first in a time of 1:32.93. The first NCAC record of the night fell in the women's 500 freestyle as DePauw freshman Angela Newlon (O'Fallon, IL/O'Fallon) {left} touched in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:50.91, surpassing the league's previous benchmark of 4:51.18 set by Denison's Hilary Callen in 2010. Denison senior Natalie Lugg (Woodbury, MN/Woodbury) also logged a record-setting swim in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:03.06, topping the previous conference record of 2:04.02 set by DU junior Michelle Howell (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Acad.) in 2013. Howell again claimed All-NCAC honors in the event this year by finishing second overall with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 2:06.18. The Kenyon Ladies picked up their first event win of the evening in the 50 freestyle as junior Jourdan Cline (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Country Day) touched the wall with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 23.41. In the final women's individual event of the night, Kenyon sophomore Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) earned her first conference championship on the three-meter board with an NCAA Regional qualifying score of 456.65. The Ladies added to their lead in the final event of the evening with a winning time of 3:44.88 in the 400 Medley Relay.

The 2014 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

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DENISON MEN LEAD 2014 NCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER ONE EVENT (2/12)

The Denison University men's team leads the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Swimming & Diving Championships with 180 points following Wednesday evening's men's three-meter diving competition at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. Oberlin sits in second with 65 points, followed by Kenyon (44), Wittenberg (40) and Wooster (18), while Allegheny, DePauw, Hiram, Ohio Wesleyan and Wabash have yet to score.

Denison junior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) {right} captured the title on the three-meter board with an NCAC and NCAA Division III-record score of 645.70. Dignan, who is the fourth Big Red men's diver in a row to capture the NCAC title on the three-meter board, has qualified to compete in the NCAA Div. III Regional Diving competition with his record-setting performance.

DU student-athletes also swept places two through five in the final standings with NCAA regional qualifying scores. Sophomore Ben Lewis (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) was second with 538.25 points, freshman Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) was third with 528.45 points, freshman Brian Allen (Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff) was fourth with 489.70 points and sophomore Nathan Lightman (Libertyville, IL/Vernon Hills) was fifth with 431.80 points.

In addition, Denison senior Matt Poulos (Munster, IN/Munster) also posted an NCAA regional qualifying score in sixth-place with a score of 429.255.

CLICK HERE to watch the Day 1 video recap of the 2014 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships.

The 2014 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

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2014 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships Preview

Things will look a little different at this year's North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships, set for February 12-15. Fast times will still be posted at one of the top NCAA Division III conference championships, however the surroundings will be decidedly more collegiate. After 15 years off-campus, the NCAC Championships have a new home at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

The 2014 meet returns to the campus of a member school for the first time since Oberlin hosted the 1998 meet at Robert Carr Pool. The C.T. Branin Natatorium, in Canton, Ohio, hosted the meet the past 14 years.

As much as some things change, others stay the same. The Denison men’s and women’s squads are the five-time defending champions. The Denison men are the only team to defeat Kenyon at the NCAC meet, claiming titles in 1997, and 2009-2013. The Denison women snapped the Ladies’ 19-year hold on the league crown in 2004, with KC regaining control of the title from 2005-08, leading to DU's current run of five-straight championships. Overall, Kenyon has won 23 of the 29 NCAC titles contested in both men’s and women’s competition.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Women's Team Previews

DENISON has one of the youngest rosters in the league with three seniors, eight juniors, 11 sophomores and 16 freshman; however, the Big Red appear as strong as ever as they own the league's top seed time in nine of the 15 individual events. Senior Natalie Lugg (Woodbury, MN/Woodbury) will provide veteran leadership for DU in breaststroke events as she enters the meet with the league's second-best time in both the 100 (1:03.30) and 200 (2:18.80). The Big Red also boast a pair of juniors who are primed to make a big impact for the squad this winter. Michelle Howell (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Acad.), the defending NCAC champion in both individual medley events, enters this year's meet with the league's top time in the 400 IM (4:23.18) and the second-best clocking to date in the 200 IM (2:06.77), while Molly Willingham (Simpsonville, SC/Woodmont), a two-time NCAC champion and seven-time All-American, enters the championship meet as the top backstroke specialist in the league, owning times of 56.02 in the 100 and 2:02.64 in the 200. A trio of underclassmen will also play a big factor for the Big Red this year in sophomore Ashley Yearwood (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda/Baylor School), sophomore Taylor Johns (Bloomingdale, IL/Lake Park) and freshman Carolyn Kane (Excelsior, MN/Minnetonka). Yearwood, the 2013 50 freestyle champion, will again compete in the sprint freestyle events as well as numerous Big Red relay squads, while Johns leads all NCAC swimmers this season in the 1,650 free with a time of 16:51.08. Kane makes her debut at the championship meet with high expectations as she owns the top times to date in three of the five individual freestyle events - 50 (23.34), 100 (51.14) and 200 1:50.15).

KENYON brings a good mix of talent to the 2014 NCAC Championships, led by a trio of sophomore standouts in Katie Kaestner (Anacortes, WA/Anacortes), Mariah Williamson (Bothell, WA/Bothell Sr.) and Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo). Williamson, who is the defending NCAC champion in both the 500 free and 1,650 free, brings a pair of strong seed times to this year's event as she owns the league's best time to date in the 500 (4:54.15) and the second-best clocking in the 1,650 (16:53.61), while Kaestner aims for her first individual event league title as a breaststroke specialist with the NCAC's top times to date in both the 100 (1:02.77) and 200 (2:17.59). Zarka, who finished second in both diving events a year ago, completes the trio as one of the most accomplished divers in the league’s history as she won the 2013 national title on the three-meter board with a school-record score of 514.25. The Ladies will also look for production and senior leadership from Hillary Yarosh (West Chester, PA/Unionville) who finished second in the 200 free a year ago and is once again among the NCAC's top performers in the event this season as she owns the sixth-best time (1:53.04) to date. Junior Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming), the defending NCAC champion in the 100 back, again provides KC with viable scoring opportunities in both backstroke events, while sophomore Haley Townsend (Greenwood, IN/Center Grove), the 2013 100 free league champion, will once again be aiming for All-NCAC accolades in the sprint freestyle events with seed times of 24.08 in the 50, 52.40 in the 100 and 1:53.59 in the 200.

DEPAUW sophomore Caroline Bridges (Mequon, WI/Univ. School Milwaukee) is the only returning swimmer for the Tigers to earn All-NCAC accolades a year ago as she finished third overall in the 100 free (51.67) in 2013. Bridges currently owns the leagues seventh-best time in the 100 free (52.18), ninth-best time in the 50 free (24.14) and the 14th-best time in the 200 free (1:54.80). DPU will also look for production from junior Emily Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Princeton) in distance freestyle events. Weber currently sits in 10th among league swimmers in the 500 free (5:05.51) and ninth in the 1,650 free (17:42.28). Senior Allison Kirby (Leawood, KS/Shawnee Mission East) provides DPU a strong entry in the breaststroke events as she enters the meet with the eighth-best time in the 100 (1:06.36) and the seventh-best time in the 200 (2:25.21). Freshman Annie Graves (Parker, CO/Chaparral) is among the top backstrokers in the league this season, ranking 11th in the 100 (58.78) and seventh in the 200 (2:06.79). Finally, freshman Angela Newlon (O'Fallon, IL/O'Fallon Twp.) may provide the biggest spark for the Tigers in 2014 as she ranks in the top-10 in five different events - fourth in the 200 free (1:52.61), third in the 500 free (4:56.26), sixth in the 200 fly (2:07.68), fourth in the 200 IM (2:09.01) and second in the 400 IM (4:27.00).

WOOSTER will bring an extremely young and talented squad into the 2014 NCAC Championships, led by freshman Courtney McGovern (Gainesville, FL/Sebastian River) who currently ranks in the top-15 in the league in four different events - 15th in the 100 back (59.15), fourth in the 200 back (2:05.28), ninth in the 100 fly (57.98) and 12th in the 200 IM (2:10.27). Although youth will be the calling card for the Fighting Scots, senior Kara Markham (Grand Rapids, MI/East) will be expected to collect points in the distance freestyle events as she enters the meet ranked 13th in the 1,650 free (18:10.55) and 26th in the 500 free (5:20.07). Sophomore Alexandra Desotelle (Kalamazoo, MI/Portage Central) enters as Wooster's top breaststroker as she ranks 10th in the 100 (1:07.84), while classmate Sarah Litt (Shaker Hts., OH/Laurel School) provides a scoring opportunity in the 200 back as she currently ranks 13th in the event with a time of 2:11.31.

WITTENBERG senior Molly Gustafson (West Hartford, CT/Conard), who finished third in the 200 breast a year ago, is primed to return to the all-conference podium this winter in the breaststroke as she currently owns the seventh-best time in the 100 (1:06.32) and the 10th-best time in the 200 (2:26.61). Sophomore Dani Lacy (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate School), the NCAC women's Athlete of the Week award winner on November 4th, will handle the sprint freestyle duties for the Tigers, ranking 22nd in the 50 (24.52), 12th in the 100 (52.47) and 13th in the 200 (1:54.65). Senior Sarah Wilson (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) is the Tigers backstroke specialist and currently owns the NCAC's eighth-best time in the 100 (58.56) and 16th-best time in the 200 (2:10.77). In addition, Gustafson, Lacy and Wilson are joined by freshman Amy Schulz (Waterloo, IL/Waterloo) on the 200 medley relay squad that enters the 2014 NCAC Championships ranked third in the conference with a time of 1:49.25.

ALLEGHENY senior diver Emily Capone (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City), who is a four-time All-NCAC performer, looks to add to her resume this winter after finishing third on both the one- and three-meter boards in 2013. She has already tallied regional-qualifying scores on both boards this season, posting a score of 294.30 on the one-meter and a score of 298.27 on the three-meter. Classmate Lauren Krowitz (Pittsburgh, PA/City Charter) has been the Gators' top breaststroker this season as she enters the 2014 NCAC Championships with the team's top time in both the 100 (1:19.79) and 200 (2:36.50). Freshman Miranda Shelly (Farmington Hills, MI/Harrison) will make her debut at the championship meet with her eye on excelling in the butterfly events as she enters with the league's 19th-best time in the 100 (59.92) and 11th-best time in the 200 (2:09.89).

OBERLIN sophomore Lauren Wong (San Jose, CA/Pioneer), a two-time NCAC Athlete of the Week selection this season, will lead a strong contingent of Yeowomen underclassmen at the 2014 NCAC Championships. Wong will test her skills in both backstroke events as she enters the meet with the league's 18th-best time in the 100 (1:00.28) and 13th-best time in the 200 back (2:08.86). Classmate Samma Regan (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) has proven to be a versatile swimmer for Oberlin this season as she owns the team's top time in the 1,650 free (18:44.46) and 200 breast (2:31.53), while freshman Vera Hutchison (Forest Grove, OR/Forest Grove) carries the Yeowomen's top butterfly times into the championship meet - 59.91 in the 100 and 2:12.59 in the 200.

OHIO WESLEYAN senior Katie Helfrich (Marysville, OH/Marysville) will lead the Battling Bishops at the 2014 NCAC Championships for the final time of her career. She is expected to be a player in both breaststroke events this winter as she currently owns the league's 17th-best time in the 100 (1:08.88) and the 16th-best time in the 200 (2:31.15). While Helfrich will be concluding her career at this year's meet, freshman Anne Edwards (Golf, IL/Glenbrook South) will make her championship debut in the distance freestyle events, owning the NCAC's 30th-best time in the 500 (5:15.67) and the 15th-best time in the 1,650 (18:15.56). Sophomore Tirion Sheafor (Cornelius, NC/NW Visual-Performing Arts) brings the Bishops a level of versatility in the pool with the squad's top times this season in the 100 back (1:04.29), 200 back (2:16.44), 100 fly (1:05.30) and 400 IM (4:59.99). 

HIRAM has a trio of swimmers looking to make an impact for the Terriers at this year's championship meet in juniors Rachel Buckley (Amherst, OH/Elyria Catholic) and Carly Daniels (Mesa, AZ/Dobson), and sophomore Rachel Patten (Castalia, OH/Margaretta). Buckley has posted the team's top times this year in the 50 free (26.41), 100 back (1:06.41) and 200 back (2:25.04), while Daniels owns the squad's top times in the 100 free (57.27) and 200 free (2:05.32). Patten will give the Terriers scoring opportunities in the distance freestyle events and both individual medley events.

Men's Team Previews

DENISON will again rely on a strong grouping of upperclassmen to help the Big Red retain the team title at the league championship meet for the sixth year in a row. The senior trio of Jackson Humphrey (Westerville, OH/Columbus Acad.), Carlos Maciel (Recife, Brazil/Colegio Marista Sao Luis) and Al Weik (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest) will look to add to their already strong conference resumes at this year's event. Weik, who owns five NCAC titles, seven NCAA titles and 12 All-American citations, aims to become just the second swimmer in NCAC history to win four-straight 1,650 freestyle titles. Kenyon's Michael Bonomo last accomplished the feat from 1999-2002. Humphrey also looks to extend a streak as he has earned at least a share of the last two 200 butterfly titles. Humphrey is also one of the NCAC's top backstroke swimmers; he enters the meet with the second-best time in both the 100 (50.10) and 200 (1:48.83), while his 200 IM time of 1:50.41 is also second among NCAC swimmers this season. Maciel, who owns two NCAC titles and 13 All-American certificates, will look to defend his league title in the 200 IM and also hopes to finish strong in the 100 and 200 freestyles. He enters the meet with the league's top time in the 200 free (1:38.00) and second-best time in the 100 free (45.23), trailing only teammate Spencer Fronk's (Greenwood Village, CO/Cherry Creek) 100 time of 45.08. Junior Damon Rosenburg (Leesburg, VA/Heritage), the two-time defending league champion in the 100 breast, will look for a pair of strong breaststroke performances as he owns the NCAC's top time in the 100 (53.61) and the third-best time in the 200 (2:01.37). In addition, the Big Red enter the meet with three All-NCAC divers - junior Connor Dignan (Phoeniz, AZ/Desert Vista), junior Connor Dorff (Ambler, PA/Chestnut Hill Acad.) and sophomore Ben Lewis (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park-River Forest). In 2013, Lewis won the one-meter competition and Dorff finished third on the three-meter board, while Dignan finished second on both boards in 2012.

KENYON got back on top of the national stage a year ago with the program's 32nd NCAA Division III national title and will now be looking to capture its first NCAC title since the 2008 season. The Lords will once again bring a plethora of talent to the championship meet, led by senior Andrew Chavalier (Golden, CO/Home Schooled) who finished third in the 1,650 freestyle a year ago and currently owns the fourth-best time (15:31.25) in the event this season. KC will also receive production in numerous different events from the junior duo of Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland) and Joe Guilfoyle (Pittstown, NJ/Delbarton/Peddie (NJ)). Caldwell, the defending NCAC and NCAA champion in the 200 free, will again play a factor in sprint freestyle events this winter as he owns the second-best time to date in both the 50 (20.61) and 200 (1:38.04), while Guilfoyle is another threat for the Lords in distance freestyle events with the league's top time in the 500 (4:30.53) and sixth-best time in the 1,650 (15:47.95). KC also has a pair of sophomore standouts who are primed to make an impact at this year’s championship in Christian Josephson (Lebanon, OH/Archbishop Moeller) and Mark Newell (Butler, PA/Agora Cyber Christian). Newell, the 2013 NCAC runner-up in the 400 IM, ranks in the top-10 this season in both individual medley events with the ninth-best time in the 200 (1:52.19) and sixth-best time in the 400 (3:58.26). Josephson aims for his first-career All-NCAC certificate as the Lords' top butterfly specialist. He enters the championship meet with the league's third-best time in the 100 (48.87) and the second-best time in the 200 (1:49.64).

DEPAUW enters the 2014 NCAC Championships with a strong squad from top to bottom. The Tigers are primed to make an impact in the sprint freestyle events with numerous student-athletes ranked in the top-10 amongst NCAC swimmers. Three swimmers sit in the top-10 in the 50 free, including senior Jack Burgeson (St. Louis Park, MN/St. Louis Park) in fifth (20.80), sophomore Blake Lehmann (Champaign, IL/Central) in sixth (20.83) and junior Alex Alfonso (New Albany, OH/New Albany) in eighth (20.88). Burgeson is also eighth in the 100 free (45.97), while the 200 free is represented by junior Casey Hooker (Rensselaer, IN/Central) in fourth (1:38.80) and sophomore Alex Grissom (Franklin, IN/Franklin) in 10th (1:41.11). Hooker, the 2013 NCAC Champion in the 100 fly, will look to add to his resume this winter as he enters the meet with the league's top time in the 100 fly (48.75) and 200 fly (1:49.01). Alfonso will also provide versatility for the Tigers as he enters the meet ranked seventh in both the 100 back (51.21) and 200 IM (1:51.92).

WABASH sophomore trio of Zechariah Banks (Carmel, IN/Carmel), Jack Belford (Carmel, IN/Carmel) and Elliot Johns (Carmel, IN/Carmel) lead a young but experienced Little Giant squad at this year's championship meet. Banks has established himself as one of the NCAC's top breaststroke specialists with the 11th-best time in the 100 (57.50) and the 12th-best time in the 200 (2:06.65). Belford will provide the Little Giants with numerous options in the pool as he has excelled this season in distance freestyle events, the 200 fly and 400 IM. Johns completes the sophomore trio as Wabash's top sprint freestyle swimmer with seed times of 21.47 in the 50, 46.08 in the 100 and 1:42.69 in the 200. Junior Aaron Troyer (Middlebury, IN/Northridge) gives the Little Giants a quality option in the backstroke events as he will enter the championship meet with the league's 16th-best time in the 100 (52.46) and ninth-best time in the 200 (1:54.86).

WOOSTER enters the meet with a young and inexperienced men's squad; however, junior Brian Maddock (Elyria, OH/Elyria) will be one Fighting Scot swimmer looking to make some noise. Maddock, a backstroke specialist, enters the meet ranked ninth in the 100 (51.49) and 10th in the 200 (1:54.90), but will also look to produce in the 100 fly as well with a seed time of 51.30. A pair of freshman freestyle swimmers enter their first NCAC Championships looking to provide scoring opportunities for the Scots. Aaron Brown (Skokie, IL/Niles North) has the league's 19th-best time in the 50 free (21.55) and Conner Gelwicks (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) owns the 18th-best time in the 1,650 free (16:51.65). Finally, freshman Jacob Earle (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) will test his skills in the breaststroke events at the championship meet as he enters the event ranked 24th in the 100 (59.76) and 23rd in the 200 (2:12.30).

WITTENBERG junior James Dumstorf (Louisville, KY/St. Xavier) aims for his first career individual event All-NCAC certificate this season as he owns top-15 seed times in the breaststroke events, ranking 12th in the 100 (57.62) and 11th in the 200 (2:06.34). Dumstorf will also look to produce for the Tigers in the 50 free and the 200 IM with seed times of 21.70 and 1:57.51, respectively. Sophomore Stephen Stuthers (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic), Wittenberg's Most Valuable First-Year Team Member in 2013, carries strong backstroke times into the 2014 NCAC Championships, posting times of 54.78 in the 100 and 2:01.16 in the 200. In addition, junior A.J. Burt (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming), who missed the first half of the season while participating in an internship program in Washington D.C., has been the Tigers top scorer in dual meets since returning to the lineup and is expected to excel in the freestyle and breastroke events at the championship meet.

ALLEGHENY enters the meet with one of the youngest rosters in the league: no seniors, one junior, four sophomores and four freshman. Sophomore Garrett Devenney (Eighty Four, PA/Ringgold) and freshman Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) supply the Gators with a pair of strong freestyle swimmers. Bailey enters the meet with a seed time of 21.75 in the 50 and 47.21 in the 100, while Devenney has posted Allegheny's top swims this season in both the 500 (4:52.27) and 1,650 (16:47.15). While youth will be the focal point of the 2014 Allegheny squad, junior Kevin Crooks (Washington, PA/Trinity) aims to make an impact as well, as he currently owns the top time on the team this season in five different events, including the 100 back (55.95), 200 back (2:00.55), 200 fly (1:58.09), 200 IM (1:59.33) and 400 IM (4:13.70).

OBERLIN junior Chris Ayoub (Cypress, TX/Cypress Woods) and sophomore Marshall Waller (Marietta, GA/Alan C. Pope) highlight the list of Yeomen swimmers and divers set to compete at the 2014 NCAC Championships. Ayoub has posted Oberlin's top time this season in four different events, including the 500 free (4:56.99), 1,650 free (17:23.47), 200 breast (2:25.29) and 400 IM (4:26.54). Waller has also shown to be a threat in the pool for the Yeomen as he owns the team's top times this season in the 100 back (54.41), 200 back (1:58.96), 100 fly (54.75), 200 fly (2:06.21) and 200 IM (2:03.74). Senior diver Jordan Atwood (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) has been among the top male divers in the NCAC this season and expects to be in the mix during both competitions at this year's championship meet. In addition, freshman Nils Gudbranson (Cleveland Hts., OH/University) will handle the sprint freestyle duties for Oberlin as he owns the squad's top times this season in the 50 (22.14) and 100 (49.43).

OHIO WESLEYAN brings a good mix of veterans and rookies to the 2014 NCAC Championships. Senior Sean Anthony (Coldwater, OH/Coldwater) leads the list of seniors on OWU's roster as he owns the team's top time in the 200 back (2:02.89) and 400 IM (4:22.82), and is second on the squad in the 1,650 free (17:17.49) and 200 breast (2:14.90). Junior Marcus Ramirez (Ukiah, CA/Ukiah) is the top butterfly specialist with seed times of 53.21 in the 100 and 2:04.03 in the 200, while classmate Kaneat Nimcharoenwan (Bangkok, Thailand/Buckeye Valley) provides a strength for OWU in breaststroke events as he owns the squad's best time in the 200 (2:14.62) and the second-best time in the 100 (1:02.22). A pair of freshman will be viable scoring options for the Bishops in the distance freestyle events as Greyson Goodwin (Littleton, CO/Heritage) owns the team's top time in the 500 (4:53.48) and Will Paull (Delaware, OH/Olentangy) posted OWU's top time this season in the 1,650 (17:10.61).

HIRAM seniors Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge, OH/Kenston) and Job Fields (Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) lead an extremely young and inexperienced Terrier roster this season. Fields owns the squad's top times this season in three different events, including the 100 back (1:00.60), 200 back (2:10.39) and 400 IM (4:45.10), while Astalos has logged the best times to date in the 100 free (51.82) and 200 free (1:57.02). The Terriers will also look for production from a pair of underclassmen in sophomore Danny Essel (Cleveland, OH/Euclid) and freshman Jordan Canevari (Vero Beach, FL/St. Edward's). Canevari has been a viable option in distance freestyle events and both butterfly events, while Essel is the team's top breaststroke specialist.