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3 National Titles Highlight Day 1 Action

3 National Titles Highlight Day 1 Action

North Coast men’s & women’s squads got off to a fast start on Wednesday night at the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah , Texas. After four men’s events, Kenyon sits atop the team standings with 109 points, while Denison is fourth with 60 points, DePauw is 13th with 16 points and Wabash is still in search of its first team points. On the women’s side, five-time defending national champion Emory leads the way with 135.5 points, while Denison is second with 124 points, followed by Kenyon in third (95) and DePauw in 17th (16). NCAA DAY ONE VIDEO

In the first championship final swim of the 2015 national meet, four NCAC women’s swimmers climbed the All-American podium in the 500 free, led by Kenyon junior Mariah Williamson (Bothell, WA/Bothell Sr.) finishing second behind Williams’ Sarah Thompson (4:45.13) with a time of 4:49.00. DePauw sophomore Angela Newlon (O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon Twp.) finished fourth overall with a time of 4:50.13, followed by Denison sophomore Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) in fifth (4:50.93) and Denison junior Taylor Johns (Bloomingdale, IL/Lake Park) in sixth (4:51.41).
 
Kenyon sophomore Arthur Conover (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee), the NCAC’s lone representative in the men’s 500 free final, placed second overall in the event after reaching the wall in a time of 4:20.95.
 
The league’s first national champion of the 2015 national meet was crowned in the women’s 200 IM as Denison senior Michelle Howell (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Acad.) raced to the wall first for her first-career national in a time of 2:01.59. Howell is now the 13th different individual event champion in program history.
 
The men’s 200 IM saw three league swimmers collect All-American citations, led by Kenyon sophomore Trevor Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Memorial) placing fifth with a time of 1:47.52. Denison sophomore Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) was seventh overall in 1:48.31, followed closely by Kenyon sophomore Ian Reardon (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) in eighth with a time of 1:50.09.
 
Three Big Red women posted All-American swims in the women’s 50 free with sophomore Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) leading the pack in second-place with a time of 22.94. The junior duo of Mary Van Leuven (Madison, WI/Memorial) and Ashley Yearwood (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda/Baylor School) finished sixth and seventh, respectively with times of 23.46 and 23.60.
 
The final men’s individual event of the night, the 50 freestyle, saw a pair of NCAC student-athletes post All-American performances as Kenyon senior Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland) placed sixth in 20.24 and Denison junior Ryan Fleming (Lincoln, MA/Sudbury Regional) was eighth in 20.36.
 
Kenyon junior Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) rounded out the women’s individual events for the evening by finishing third on the three-meter board with a score of 463.15.
 
Kenyon closed out the night by topping a pair of national records in the 200 medley relay events.
 
First, the Ladies topped the championship field in a time of 1:40.58 to surpass the previous record of 1:41.20, set by Denison in 2009. KC team members included senior Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming), sophomore Laura Duncan (Fremont, OH/Ross), senior Hannah Cooper (Houston, TX/Memorial) and sophomore Jenner McLeod (Madison, WI/Deerfield). The DU team of Kane, Yearwood, Van Leuven and junior Marissa Bednarek (Madison, WI/West) also climbed the All-American podium in the event by finishing fifth overall with a time of 1:42.24.
 
The Lords then stepped up to the blocks with the team of senior Harrison Curley (Orlando, FL/Winter Park), Trevor Manz, senior Kevin Magee (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East) and senior Wes Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Memorial) to post a winning time of 1:27.54, which re-set the national record that was previously held by another grouping of KC student-athletes at the 2010 meet with a time of 1:27.74.
 
The national meet continues through Saturday evening at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas, with prelim sessions beginning each morning at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET), and final sessions starting nightly at 6:00 p.m. CT (7:00 p.m. ET).