For the third year in a row, the Kenyon men topped Denison in the final team standings to capture its NCAA-record 34th Division III National Title with 468 points on Saturday night at the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, held at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas. In final women’s standings, Emory captured its sixth-straight national crown with 603 points, while Denison was the top NCAC finisher in second with 457.5 points.
The KC Ladies posted their 35th-straight top-five finish in the team standings after placing fourth with 404 points, while the DePauw women were 14th overall with 63 points.
In the final men’s standings, Denison finish second behind Kenyon in the team standings for the third year in a row with 383 points, while DePauw placed 11th with 125 points and Wabash also had men’s swimmers in competition at the 2015 national meet.
Following the four days of competition, NCAC student-athletes won 13 national titles, logged 79 All-American performances and posted 67 honorable-mention All-American performances. In addition, Denison sophomore Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) was named the 2015 national Men’s Diver of the Year and DU diving coach Russ Bertram was named the Men’s National Diving Coach of the Year after Levy swept both diving events at the national meet. Kenyon head coach Jess Book was named the men’s national Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the Lords to their third-straight and 34th overall national title.
In the first individual event on Saturday night, five NCAC swimmers climbed the All-American podium in the women’s 1,650 free, led by Denison junior Taylor Johns (Bloomingdale, IL/Lake Park) finishing third overall with a time of 16:41.87. Kenyon junior Mariah Williamson (Bothell, WA/Bothell Sr.) placed fourth in 16:45.22, followed by Kenyon sophomore Alexa Korsberg (Andover, MA/Andover) in fifth (16:48.55), Denison sophomore Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) in sixth (16:51.06) and Denison senior Elizabeth Flaherty (Carmel, IN/Carmel) in eighth (16:56.42).
Kenyon sophomore Arthur Conover (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee) picked up the league’s 10th national title at the 2015 meet after setting the national record in the men’s 1,650 free with a winning time of 15:01.24. In addition, Denison freshman Ben Burdick (Carmel, IN/Carmel) and Kenyon senior Joe Guilfoyle (Pittstown, NJ/Delbarton/Peddie, NJ) earned All-American honors by finishing seventh (15:40.74) and eighth (15:41.58), respectively.
Three more women’s swimmer collected All-American honors in the women’s 100 free, led by Denison sophomore Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) in second with a time of 50.17. Kenyon junior Hannah Lobb (Auckland, New Zealand/Epsom Girls Grammar) finished fourth in 50.58 and Denison junior Mary Van Leuven (Madison, WI/Memorial) tied for sixth with a time of 50.83.
Kenyon senior Harrison Curley (Orlando, FL/Winter Park) captured is second-straight national title in the men’s 200 back after racing to the wall first with a national-record time of 1:43.49. In addition, Denison sophomore Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) posted an All-American swim in the event by finishing third overall with a time of 1:45.66.
In the women’s 200 breast, a trio of NCAC swimmers posted All-American swims, including junior Katie Kaestner (Anacortes, WA/Anacortes) in fifth (2:17.01), Denison junior Marissa Bednarek (Madison, WI/West) in seventh (2:18.63) and Kenyon sophomore Ellie Crawford (Las Vegas, NV/Meadows School) in eighth (2:20.47).
Kenyon sophomore Ian Reardon (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) was the league’s lone representative on the All-American stand in the men’s 200 breast after finishing sixth with a time of 2:00.47.
In the final individual event of the national meet, Denison’s Max Levy completed the sweep of the diving events at the 2015 national meet by posting a winning score of 580.85 on the three-meter board. In addition, Denison senior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) placed second in the three-meter competition with a score of 570.60. Levy is the first men’s diver to sweep the boards at the national meet since Merchant Marine’s Nicholas Halbach achieved the feat in 2011.
The Big Red women clinched their second-place finish in the team standings after winning the 400 free relay in a time of 3:21.49. DU team members included senior Rima Jurjus (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.), Carolyn Kane, junior Ashley Yearwood (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda/Baylor School) and Mary Van Leuven. The Kenyon Ladies finished second in the race in 3:22.47, led by Hannah Lobb, junior Haley Townsend (Greenwood, IN/Center Grove), junior Megan Morris (Napa, CA/Napa) and sophomore Jenner McLeod (Madison, WI/Deerfield).
The men rounded out competition on Saturday night with a 4-5-6 finish in the men’s 400 free relay, led by the DU team of junior Ryan Fleming (Lincoln, MA/Sudbury Regional), junior Conrad Wuorinen (Gahanna, OH/Columbus Acad.), senior Damon Rosenburg (Leesburg, VA/Heritage) and sophomore Max Howes (Chapel Hill, NC/East) finishing fourth in 2:58.48. In addition, the Kenyon foursome of sophomore Austin Pu (Forest Hills, NY/Trevor Day), junior Joey Duronio (Chapel Hill, NC/Chapel Hill), senior Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland) and senior Wes Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Memorial) finished fifth in a time of 2:59.18, while the DPU grouping of senior Alex Alfonso (New Albany, OH/New Albany), senior Casey Hooker (Rensselaer, IN/Central), senior Stephen McMurtry (Fort Wright, KY/Covington Latin) and junior Blake Lehmann (Champaign, IL/Central) finished sixth with a time of 2:59.68.