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Zarka's National Title Highlights Day 3 Action

Zarka's National Title Highlights Day 3 Action

Kenyon junior diver Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) captured the national title in the women’s one-meter diving competition to highlight NCAC competitors on Friday night at the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.

Following 15 women’s events in Texas, Emory remains atop the team leaderboard with 456.5 points, while Denison is second with 320 points, Kenyon is fourth with 269 points and DePauw is 14th with 54.

On the men’s side, Kenyon maintained its lead over Denison in the team standings by a 348-260 margin, while DePauw sits in 11th with 95 points and Wabash will be in search of its first teams points in tomorrow’s final day of competition.

In the first women’s individual event of the night, Denison freshman Halli Garza (Stockton, CA/Brookside Christian) collected All-American honors after reaching the wall sixth overall with a time of 2:02.33.

The Kenyon Ladies collected their first All-American performance of the night in the 100 back as senior Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) placed seventh overall in a time of 55.65. 

The first All-American swim of Friday night on the men’s side went to Kenyon senior Harrison Curley (Orlando, FL/Winter Park) in the 100 back with a time of 48.20, good for third-place overall. 

Denison junior Marissa Bednarek (Madison, WI/West) took home All-American honors for the Big Red in the women’s 100 breast after finishing seventh overall in the ‘A’ finals with a time of 1:03.38. 

Big Red senior Damon Rosenburg (Leesburg, VA/Heritage) was the league’s lone All-American in the men’s 100 breast, reaching the wall third overall with a time of 54.51. 

In the final women’s diving event of the 2015 national meet, Zarka completed the career sweep by winning the women’s one-meter diving competition with an 11-dive score of 477.80. Prior to the 2015 meet, Zarka had claimed back-to-back national titles on the three-meter board. 

In the final women’s event on Friday night, the 800 free relay, Denison checked in at fifth with a time of 7:22.41 and DePauw finished sixth overall with a time of 7:26.07. Big Red team members included sophomore Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier), junior Taylor Johns (Bloomingdale, IL/Lake Park), sophomore Alex Elizeus (Ardara, PA/Oakland Catholic) and senior Molly Willingham (Simpsonville, SC/Woodmont), while the DPU foursome included sophomore Angela Newlon (O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon Twp.), sophomore Kirsten Olson (Medina, MN/Wayzata), junior Erin Horne (Arlington Hts., IL/John Hersey) and senior Emily Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Princeton).

Three NCAC men’s squads logged All-American finishes in the 800 free relay, led by Kenyon finishing second overall in a time of 6:33.45 with the team of senior Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland), junior Joey Duronio (Chapel Hill, NC/Chapel Hill), sophomore Trevor Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Memorial) and sophomore Arthur Conover (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee). In addition, the DePauw quad of senior Casey Hooker (Rensselaer, IN/Central), junior Alex Grissom (Franklin, IN/Franklin), freshman Kurt Swieter (East Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids) and senior Stephen McMurtry (Fort Wright, KY/Covington Latin) placed fifth (6:37.54) and the Big Red team of sophomore Max Howes (Chapel Hill, NC/East), freshman Stuart Hohm (Springfield, IL/Glenwood), freshman Ben Burdick (Carmel, IN/Carmel) and junior Joe Brunk (Raleigh, NC/Enloe) placed sixth with a time of 6:38.20. 

The national meet will conclude tomorrow evening at ththre 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).