North Coast swimming & diving continued their preparations
for the 2015 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships last week as
nine of the 10 league schools were in action. Teams will continue
their training schedules in the week ahead with two events
scheduled for Friday and six more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY dropped both ends of a dual meet in Cleveland on Saturday, as Case topped the Gators, 210-70, in men’s action, and by a 165-126 margin on the women’s side. Freshman Julianne Reed (Camas, WA/Camas) led the Gator women’s team in the narrow 39-point loss with wins in the 100 back (1:02.17), 100 free (55.58) and 100 fly (1:00.88). In the men’s competition, the Gators notched three event wins, including freshman Frank Chen (Sayre, PA/Athens) in the 100 back (54.19), sophomore Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) in the 100 free (47.85) and sophomore Danny Litwin (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) in the 200 back (2:16.55).
DENISON took to the pool against Division I competition last weekend, with the men falling against Ohio State, 189-111, on Friday, and suffering a 178-20 loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday. In addition, the women’s team also dropped a 201-96 decision against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Freshman Stuart Hohm (Springfield, IL/Glenwood) led the Big Red men against OSU with wins in the 200 free (1:42.42) and 500 free (4:40.41), while classmate Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) paced DU against Pittsburgh with a pair of wins in the 100 back (51.79) and as a member of the winning 400 medley relay (3:23.87). The DU women logged two individual event victories against the Panthers, with freshman Halli Garza (Stockton, CA/Brookside Christian) touching first in the 200 fly (2:05.45) and junior Mary Van Leuven (Madison, WI/Memorial) reaching the wall first in the 100 free (52.53).
DEPAUW split a dual meet at Rose-Hulman on Friday night, before sweeping Franklin on Saturday in Greencastle. The DPU women swept the weekend with a 204-82 win over RHIT and a 208-80 triumph over Franklin, while the men fell against RHIT, 155-143, and defeated Franklin, 201-78. Senior Emily Weber (Cincinnati, OH/Princeton) collected a pair of wins on Friday against RHIT in the 200 free (1:56.46) and 50 free (28.29), before earning three more victories on Saturday in her final collegiate home meet by touching first in the 1,000 free (10:45.16), 100 free (54.85) and 500 free (5:15.62). For the men, freshman diver Eric Addy (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) earned a spot in the NCAA Regional Diving competition after surpassing the one-meter qualifying mark of 425 points with a score of 430.40 against RHIT.
HIRAM was idle last week and returns to action this weekend by traveling to John Carroll on Friday and hosting Franciscan and Washington & Jefferson on Saturday.
KENYON competed last weekend at the Oakland (MI) Winter Invitational, with the Lords placing second out of four teams with 822.5 points and the Ladies finishing third out of four teams with 821 points. Sophomore Austin Pu (Forest Hills, NY/Trevor Day) led the Lords at the two-day event by finishing second in the 100 free (46.06) and swimming the anchor leg on the winning 200 free relay (1:23.01), while junior Mariah Williamson (Bothell, WA/Bothell Sr.) paced the Ladies with a win in the 1,000 free (10:17.98) and a pair of runner-up finishes in the 500 free (4:57.40) and 400 IM (4:31.05).
OBERLIN split a home non-conference meet against John Carroll on Saturday with the Yeowomen dismantling the Blue Streaks by a 165-69 margin, and the Yeomen falling in a narrow 120-114 decision. For the Yeowomen, junior Samma Regan (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) touched first individually in the 200 free (1:58.05) and 200 breast (2:29.66), and also swam the breast stroke leg on the winning 400 medley relay (4:05.06). Senior diver Chris McClauchlin (East Lansing, MI/Haslett) led the Yeomen by posting two 300-plus point performances with winning scores of 300.80 on the one-meter board and 313.80 on the three-meter board.
OHIO WESLEYAN also split a non-conference dual against John Carroll on Friday, with the men prevailing, 147-87, and the women falling by a 165-66 margin. Sophomore Greyson Goodwin (Littleton, CO/Heritage) and senior Kaneat Nimcharoenwan (Bangkok, Thailand/Buckeye Valley) won three events apiece to lead the OWU men in the victory. Goodwin won the 100 free (49.61), 200 free (1:48.70) and 500 free (4:59.65), while Nimcharoenwan won the 200 IM (2:05.36), 100 back (56.80) and 100 breast (1:02.56). Sophomore Anne Edwards (Golf, IL/Glenbrook South) led the OWU women in the loss with individual event victories in the 500 free (5:25.61) and 1,000 free (11:08.41).
WABASH celebrated Senior Night on Friday by sweeping all 10 swimming events in a 111-71 victory over Illinois Wesleyan. Seniors Jake Childress (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton), Steve Batchelder (Orland, CA/Orland), Carter Adams (Fairfield, OH/Fairfield) and Matt Schramm (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:39.54), while Adams and Childress also went on to log individual event victories in the 100 fly (52.66) and 100 back (53.46), respectively.
WITTENBERG split dual meet at Centre on Saturday, with the women winning by a 127.5-95.5 margin and the men falling against the Colonels, 139-85. Sophomore Amy Schulz (Waterloo, IL/Waterloo) and freshman Julia Valentine (Columbus, OH/Thomas Worthington) each swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:54.98), with Schulz adding a win in the 100 back (1:03.71) and Valentine touching first in the 100 breast (1:10.43). For the men, junior Stephen Stuthers (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) won the 200 IM (2:03.51) and finished second in the 100 back (56.12) and as a member of the 200 medley relay (1:39.41).
WOOSTER was swept in
a dual meet against Mount Union on Friday, but the Scots bounced
back with a pair of convincing wins over Albion on Saturday.
Sophomore Aaron Salzman (Rochester, NY/Brighton)
swept the men’s diving competitions in both duals, scoring
179.60 on the one-meter board and 232.95 on the three-meter board
against the Purple Raiders, before tallying 232.5 points
(one-meter) and 248.55 points (three-meter) against Albion. For the
women, senior Morgan Hughes (Chico, CA/Chico) won
all seven events that she swam in over the two-day stretch. Against
UMU, she won the 100 fly (1:00.09) and swam legs on a pair of
winning relays: 400 medley (4:09.02) and 200 free (1:42.20).
Against Albion, she won the 50 free (25.47) and 100 free (55.19),
to go along with relay wins in the 200 medley (1:54.35) and 200