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Denison Men & Women Win 7th-Straight NCAC Titles

Denison Men & Women Win 7th-Straight NCAC Titles

Day Four Photo Gallery - Day Four Video

The Denison men and women successfully won their seventh-straight North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday night at the 31st annual event, held at DU's own Trumbull Aquatics Center, February 11-14.

The Big Red men, who captured the title with 1,966.5 points, won seven total events, set one meet record and totaled 20 additional All-NCAC finishes to edge Kenyon for the seventh year in a row. The Lords totaled 1758.5 points after touching first in 12 races, logging an impressive four NCAC records and tallying an additional 11 All-NCAC performances. DePauw finished third in the men's standings with 1,074 points, followed by Wabash (1,041), Wittenberg (725.5), Wooster (690), Ohio Wesleyan (573), Oberlin (547), Allegheny (491.5) and Hiram (249).

The Denison women won 12 events and tallied 1,930 points to edge the Kenyon Ladies for the seventh-straight year. In addition, the Big Red earned 17 additional All-NCAC finishes and set four conference records. Kenyon earned second place with 1,740 points after winning eight races and posting 12 additional All-NCAC efforts. DePauw checked in at third with 1,176 points, followed by Oberlin (913), Wittenberg (883.5), Wooster (757.5), Allegheny (687), Ohio Wesleyan (496) and Hiram (295).

On the men's side, senior Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland) became the fourth-straight Kenyon swimmer to take home the NCAC Swimmer of the Year Award after he swept the sprint freestyle events with winning times of 20.43 in the 50, 44.06 in the 100 and 1:36.91 in the 200. His 200 time was the only NCAA "A" cut achieved at the 2015 championship meet and also topped the previous NCAC record of 1:37.33 set by Denison's Jon Geissinger in 2009. In addition, Caldwell also swam legs on four winning relay teams, including the 200 free (1:19.92), 400 medley (3:15.83), 800 free (6:37.24) and 400 free (2:56.64). The times in both the 400 medley and 800 free are new meet record standards.

Denison senior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) was also named the NCAC Men's Diver of the Year for the second year in a row after finishing first on both the one-meter (564.25) and three-meter (588.00) boards with NCAA regional qualifying scores.

Denison sophomore Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) was tabbed the 2015 NCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year after she completed the clean sweep of the distance freestyle events. She won the 200 free in 1:50.15, before touching first in both the 500 and 1,650 with NCAC meet record times of 4:49.85 and 16:43.71, respectively. Costley also swam the lead leg on the winning 800 free relay that reached the wall first in 7:27.33.

In the diving well, Kenyon junior Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) earned the NCAC Women's Diver of the Year Award for the second-straight year after logging NCAA regional qualifying scores of 456.90 (one-meter) and 439.20 (three-meter).

In addition, Denison freshmen Aaron Saccurato (Cross River, NY/Horace Greeley) and Halli Garza (Stockton, CA/Brookside Christian) were named the men's and women's Newcomers of the Year, respectively. Saccurato captured the men's 1,650 free title in his conference meet debut with a winning time of 15:40.26, while Garza was a double winner for the DU women, touching first in both the 200 IM (2:04.33) and 200 fly (2:03.17).

A pair of second-year head coaches collected the NCAC Coach of the Year Awards, with Wabash's Brent Noble claiming the men's award and Oberlin's Andrew Brabson earning the women's award. Noble guided Wabash to a fourth-place finish at the event for the fourth year in a row; however, it marked the first time in league history that the fourth-place team cracked the 1,000-point plateau as the Little Giants accumulated 1,041 points. Brabson led Oberlin to its highest finish in program history, as the Yeowomen finished fourth overall with 913 points. Prior to this year's meet, Oberlin had only cracked the top-five in the final team standings one other time in the 30-year history of the event, finishing fifth overall in 2008.

Denison's Russ Bertram took home the NCAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, while Kenyon's Andy Scott was named the Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.

Visit the championship website for complete results from day four: (Denison Site)

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Day Three Recap (2/13)

Day Three Prelims Photo Gallery - Day Three Video

The Denison men and women both held the top spots in their respective leaderboards following day three action at the 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. The Big Red women's team won four total events on the night to stand atop the standings with 1,349 points, while the DU men have accumulated 1,276 total points after winning three event titles on Friday evening.

Kenyon maintained second-place in the women's competition with 1,208 points, followed by DePauw (823), Oberlin (629), Wittenberg (582.5), Wooster (507.5), Allegheny (483), Ohio Wesleyan (335) and Hiram (226). On the men's side, Kenyon also sits in second with 1,198.5 points, followed by DePauw (698), Wabash (677), Wittenberg (444.5), Wooster (441), Ohio Wesleyan (397.5), Oberlin (367), Allegheny (301.5) and Hiram (199).

The Kenyon Ladies opened night three by collecting its second-straight league title in the women's 200 medley relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:42.29. Denison junior Taylor Johns (Bloomingdale, IL/Lake Park), who won the 1,650 free in 2014, picked up her second career NCAC individual event title by touching first on Friday night in the 400 IM  with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:24.48. The Big Red kept their momentum rolling into the 100 butterfly as sophomore Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) won her first-career individual event title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.84. DU sophomore Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier), who won the 500 free last night, stood atop the championship podium once again on Friday night by touching the wall first in the 200 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:50.15. A pair of KC Ladies were repeat winners in the next two women's events as junior Katie Kaestner (Anacortes, WA/Anacortes) won her second-straight title in the 100 breast  with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:03.21 and senior Celia Oberlholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) {pictured left} became the first swimmer in league history to win four-straight titles in the 100 back with an NCAA "B" cut time of 55.88. In the final women's event of the night, Denison captured its second relay title of the championship meet with an NCAA "B" cut time of 7:27.33 in the 800 freestyle.

The Denison men extended their lead in the first event of the night after reaching the wall first in the 200 medley relay with a pool-record and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:29.55. After sweeping both backstroke events last year, Kenyon senior Harrison Curley (Orlando, FL/Winter Park) added the 400 IM to his list of NCAC titles in 2015 after touching the wall first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:54.50. The DU men climbed back to the top of the podium in the men's 100 butterfly with junior Andrew Rich (McMurray, PA/Peters Twp.) topping the championship finals field with an NCAA "B" cut time of 48.65. The first NCAA "A" cut swim of the meet was achieved by Kenyon senior Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland) in the men's 200 free with an NCAC- and pool-record time of 1:36.91. In the men's 100 breast, Denison senior Damon Rosenburg (Leesburg, VA/Heritage) {pictured right} topped the championship finals heat with an NCAA "B" cut time of 54.79 to become just the second swimmer in NCAC history to win four-straight league titles in the event. Wittenberg's Julien Lazarus last accomplished the feat in the 100 breast from 1996-99. Curley returned to the pool for the final men's individual event of the night and he didn't disappoint, winning his second-straight league crown in the 100 back with a pool-record time of 48.81. Another NCAC record fell in the final men's event of the evening as the Kenyon Lords reached the wall first in the 800 free relay with a league- and pool-record time of 6:37.24.

Visit the championship website for complete results from day three: (Denison Site)

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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Day Two Recap (2/12)

Day Two Prelims Photo Gallery - Day Two Video 

After 12 total events, the Denison men and women have both swum out to early leads at the 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. The Big Red won three of the evening's five events on the women's side to sit in first place with 598 points, while the DU men also topped the field in two of the six men's events and lead after night two with 663 points.

The Kenyon Ladies, who won the remaining two women's events of the night, sit in second place with 579 points, followed by DePauw (361), Oberlin (256), Wittenberg (218.5), Allegheny (204), Wooster (163.5), Ohio Wesleyan (130) and Hiram (98). The Kenyon Lords won three men's events on day two and currently hold the second spot in the standings with 500.5 points, followed by DePauw (360), Wabash (300.5), Oberlin (212), Ohio Wesleyan (184.5), Wooster (156), Wittenberg (155), Allegheny (95.5) and Hiram (92).

In the women's competition, Denison opened the night by winning the 200 free relay in an NCAC-record and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:31.98. Denison sophomore Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) earned her first-career individual event conference title in the 500 free with an NCAC-record and NCAA "B" cut time of 4:49.85. The Big Red posted their third win of the night in the 200 IM after freshman Halli Garza (Stockton, CA/Brookside Christian) touched the wall first with an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:04.33. Kenyon collected its first event title of the 2015 championship meet, with sophomore Jenner McLeod (Madison, WI/Deerfield) reaching the wall in an NCAA "B" cut time of 23.36. The KC Ladies closed out the night with a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:45.46.

The Kenyon men topped the podium in the first men's event of the night with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:19.92 in the 200 free relay. In the men's 500 free, Wabash junior Jack Belford (Carmel, IN/Carmel) {left} became the first Little Giants' swimmer to win an individual event at the conference meet since 2011 after he reached the wall first with an NCAA"B" cut time of 4:29.24. The first NCAC men's record of the night fell in the men's 200 IM after Denison junior Joe Brunk (Raleigh, NC/Enloe) posted the top effort in the championship final with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:49.35. It was a race to the wall in the men's 50 free that ultimately ended in a dead tie with a time of 20.43 between Kenyon senior Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland) and Denison junior Conrad Wuorinen (Gahanna, OH/Columbus Acad.). Denison senior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) successfully defended his league title in the three-meter diving competition with an NCAA regional qualifying score of 588.00 points. Finally, the night came to a close on the men's side with Kenyon narrowly edging Denison by a tenth of a second in the 400 medley relay with an NCAC-record and NCAA"B" cut time of 3:15.83.

Visit the championship website for complete results from day two: (Denison Site)

The 2015 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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Day One Recap (2/11)

Day One Photo Gallery - Day One Video

The Denison women's team leads the 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships with 86 points following Wednesday evening's women's three-meter diving competition at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. Allegheny sits in second with 53 points, followed by DePauw (41), Kenyon (35), Wittenberg (30), Oberlin (27), Wooster (24), Ohio Wesleyan (NS) and Hiram (NS).

Kenyon junior Maria Zarka (Kanoehe, HI/Kalaheo) {right} captured her second-straight NCAC title on the three-meter board with an NCAA regional-qualifying score of 439.20.

Denison sophomore Sarah Lopez (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills) and Wittenberg freshman Katie Black (Fort Wayne, IN/Homestead) also tallied All-Conference scores in second (404.60) and third (349.55), respectively.

The Big Red elevated to the top of the team standings after night one as the sophomore duo of Carrie Bookheimer (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) and Katherine Hennigan (Manchester, MA/Essex Regional) finished fourth (346.30) and seventh (302.60), respectively.

Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (Denison Site)

The 2015 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.