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NCAC Weekly Release (1-19-15) - Swimming & Diving

NCAC Weekly Release (1-19-15) - Swimming & Diving

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While numerous North Coast swimming & diving squads wrapped up the regular season portion of their schedules last week, a handful of league teams will conclude their training schedules this weekend, led by Ohio Wesleyan hosting Kenyon on Friday and Wittenberg traveling to Kenyon on Saturday. The 2015 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships are scheduled for February 11-14 at Denison’s Trumbull Aquatics Center in Granville, Ohio. A conference-wide preview of the event will be available next Wednesday, February 4th.

DENISON swept a dual meet against Carnegie Mellon on Saturday in Pittsburgh, with the men winning, 174-95, and the women prevailing by a 170-104 margin. The men won 12 total events on the afternoon, led by sophomore Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina), who logged four victories in the 100 back (51.67), 200 back (1:51.57), 400 IM (4:02.34) and as a member of the 200 medley relay (1:32.79). On the women’s side, junior Marissa Bednarek (Madison, WI/West) led the Big Red by sweeping the breaststroke events with times of 1:07.22 and 2:55.99 in the 100 and 200, respectively.

DEPAUW went 1-1 in both men’s and women’s action in a double-dual meet on Saturday in Chicago, Illinois. Both Tiger squads posted a win over Trinity (TX) and a loss against the University of Chicago. The DPU men racked up three individual event victories on the day, with junior Blake Lehmann (Champaign, IL/Central) winning the 100 back (52.44) and 100 fly (51.24), and junior Alex Grissom (Franklin, IN/Franklin) touching first in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.64. Sophomore Angela Newlon (O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon Twp.) was a triple winner to lead the women’s team on the afternoon, reaching the wall first in the 200 free (1:55.26), 500 free (5:06.92) and 400 IM (4:39.90).

HIRAM dropped both ends of a dual meet against John Carroll on Friday, while Saturday’s action saw the women’s team top Franciscan, 62-47. Freshman Jenni Heid (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) paced the women’s team on the weekend by winning the 50 free (30.07) on Saturday and finishing second in the 50 free (26.64) on Friday, while freshman Jonathan Ruiz (Freeport, NY/Freeport) led the men’s team by winning the 200 IM (2:25.91) on Saturday and finishing second in the 50 free on Friday with a season-best time of 23.79 seconds.

KENYON was idle last week and concludes its regular season schedule this week by traveling to Ohio Wesleyan on Friday and hosting Wittenberg on Saturday.

OHIO WESLEYAN hosted OBERLIN and Notre Dame College (OH) for the OWU Invitational on Saturday. Ohio Wesleyan won the men’s competition with 766 points, followed by Notre Dame in second (521.5) and Oberlin in third (241.5). The Oberlin Yeowomen ran away with the women’s title with 787 points, while Ohio Wesleyan finished second (392) and Notre Dame placed third (322). Ohio Wesleyan senior Marcus Ramirez (Ukiah, CA/Ukiah) led the Bishops with four total victories on the day, touching first individually in the 50 fly (24.65) and 100 fly (55.12), to go along with relay victories in the 200 medley (1:39.83) and 800 free (7:29.76), while the OWU women’s team was led by junior Emmalee Nerantzis (Rockville, MD/Home) with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 back (1:06.44) and 500 free (5:22.83). For the Oberlin Yeowomen, junior Samma Regan (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) swam the freestyle leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:54.34) and also swam the lead leg on the winning 800 free relay (7:59.80), to go along with individual victories in the 100 IM (1:03.13) and 200 IM (2:15.16). The Yeomen got their top performance on the day from senior diver Chris McLauchlan (East Lansing, MI/Haslett), who swept the diving events with 268.90 points on the one-meter board and 240.70 points on the three-meter board.

WABASH won its final two dual meets of the season last weekend in Michigan, topping Kalamazoo, 122-116, on Friday, and defeating Albion, 124-106, on Saturday. Senior Carter Adams (Fairfield, OH/Fairfield) posted three wins on Friday, touching first in the 100 fly (53.04), 200 IM (2:01.30) and as a member of the 200 medley relay (1:37.35). In addition, Adams also swam the butterfly leg on the winning 400 medley relay (3:38.92) on Saturday against Albion.

WITTENBERG was idle last week and concludes its regular season schedule on Saturday at Kenyon.

WOOSTER swept ALLEGHENY in a dual meet on Saturday, with the Fighting Scot men winning by a 163-116 margin and the women’s team earning a 165-129 decision against the Gators. In the men’s dual, Wooster senior Brian Maddock (Elyria, OH/Elyria) swam the lead backstroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:39.86), to go along with individual event victories in the 100 back (53.24), 200 back (1:59.79) and 200 IM (2:01.79), while Allegheny was led by sophomore Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) with individual wins in the 50 free (21.67), 100 free (49.48) and 200 free (1:46.13). Wooster senior Morgan Hughes (Chico, CA/Chico) paced the women’s team with four total victories, touching first individually in the 200 free (2:00.36) and 100 fly (59.93), while also logging relay victories in the 200 medley (1:54.91) and 400 free (3:44.67). Senior Erica Bryson (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) led the Gators on the afternoon by winning the 1,000 free (11:21.76) and 200 fly (2:16.61).