North Coast swimming & diving action continued last week
with nine of the 10 league schools in action, led by the Wittenberg
men’s & women’s teams besting both Transylvania and
Wilmington on Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky. Conference teams
return to the pool this week, highlighted Denison hosting Kenyon on
Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
ALLEGHENY kicked off the home portion of its 2014-15 season on Saturday with a dual meet against Westminster. The men lost by a 147-109 margin, while the women suffered a 168-128 defeat. On the women’s side, freshman Julianne Reed (Camas, WA/Camas) notched individual wins in the 100 back (1:01.13), 100 free (55.35), 100 fly (1:01.44) and also swam the lead leg on the winning 200 free relay (1:44.77). Sophomore Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) picked up a pair of individual event victories in the men’s 50 free (21.65) and 100 free (48.03), and also swam the final leg of the winning 200 free relay (1:29.43).
DENISON suffered a pair of dual meet losses to Division I opponents, Ohio State and Princeton, on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The DU women ended up with six, top-five performances in the double-dual, led by sophomore Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) touching third in the 500 free (5:04.93). She also swam the lead leg on the second-place 400 free relay (3:38.82) that finished just one second behind Princeton’s winning time of 3:27.31. For the men, senior diver Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) led the way with a pair of third-place showings in the one-meter (313.00) and three-meter (354.60) competitions, while freshman Stuart Hohm (Springfield, IL/Glenwood) posted an NCAA “B” cut in the 1,650 free after finishing fifth overall with a time of 16:07.80.
DEPAUW split its double-dual meet on Friday with both squads topping Missouri-St. Louis and falling to the University of Indianapolis. The men defeated Missouri-St. Louis, 148-45, and lost to Indianapolis, 143-68. Senior Casey Hooker (Rensselaer, IN/Central) won the 500 free in 4:38.12 and also swam the final leg on the winning 800 free relay (6:56.73). The women’s team topped Missouri, 195-18, and dropped a 139-97 decision against Indianapolis. Sophomore Angela Newlon (O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon) picked up individual wins in the 200 free (1:54.11) and 500 free (5:00.46), and also swam the opening leg on the winning 800 free relay (7:50.35).
HIRAM had a busy weekend in the pool with double-dual meets on both Friday and Saturday. The women’s team picked up its first win of the season on Friday against Ursuline, 65-34, and then added another victory on Saturday against Olivet, 114-86. On Friday, senior Carly Daniels (Mesa, AZ/Dobson) won the 200 back (2:51.48) and swam the opening backstroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay (2:19.20). The men’s team is still in search of its first victory of the season after dropping three duals over the weekend against Malone, 122-62, Wooster, 159-48, and Olivet, 110-99. Sophomore Jonathan Ruiz (Freeport, NY/Freeport) led the men’s team with a second place finish in the 50 free (26.52) on Friday against Malone and a pair of third-place showings in the 100 free (52.80) and 200 IM (2:10.74) on Saturday at Wooster.
KENYON was idle last week and returns to the pool this Saturday for an 11:00 am dual meet at league-rival Denison.
OBERLIN split its first non-conference dual meet of the season on Saturday against Case with the Yeowomen winning, 145.5-94.5, and the Yeomen falling by a 148-80 margin. Junior Sam Regan (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) led the Yeowomen to the victory with three first-place finishes as she touched first in the 50 free (25.30), 100 breast (1:10.73) and swam the final freestyle leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:53.07). Senior Chris McLauchlan (East Lansing, MI/Haslett) led the men’s team by finishing first on both the one- and three-meter boards with scores of 263.40 and 275.85, respectively.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a dual meet against NCAA Div. II Findlay on Saturday, with the women falling, 148-72, and the men losing by a narrow 110-103 decision. Senior Kaneat Nimcharoenwan (Bangkok, Thailand/Buckeye Valley) won the 100 back (56.32) and 100 breast (1:02.73) to lead the men’s team, while three separate swimmers logged individual event victories on the women’s side, including sophomore Anne Edwards (Golf, IL/Glenbrook South) in the 1,000 free (11:09.80).
WABASH split a double-dual meet on Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Little Giants defeated first-year program Manchester, 219-18, but lost to host Rose-Hulman, 181-113. Junior Jack Belford (Carmel, IN/Carmel) continued his strong start to the season by winning the 200 free (1:45.36) and 500 free (4:49.50), while junior Josh Bleisch (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) also touched first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.97.
WITTENBERG swept a double-dual meet with Transylvania and Wilmington on Saturday in Lexington, Kentucky. The men posted winning scores of 154-117 against Wilmington and 177-94 against Transy, led by senior A.J. Burt (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) winning the 500 free (4:58.58), 1,000 free (10:20.14) and the 100 breast (1:00.54). The women, who topped Wilmington, 204-61, and Transylvania, 165-100, were led by junior Dani Lacy (Louisville, KY/Louisville), who won the 200 free (2:03.81) and swam the final freestyle leg on the winning 400 medley relay (4:12.98).
WOOSTER also had a
busy weekend, first being swept in a close meet at
nationally-ranked Case on Friday night, before cruising past both
Hiram and Olivet in a home double-dual meet on Saturday. Senior
Brian Maddock (Elyria, OH/Elyria) combined for
four wins over the weekend. He touched first in the 200 back
(1:58.80) on Friday at Case, and then added wins in the 500 free
(5:05.38), 100 breast (1:02.55) and 200 medley relay (1:40.07) on
Saturday. For the women, sophomore Courtney McGovern
(Gainesville, FL/Sebastian River) continued her standout
sophomore campaign by winning all six events that she was entered
in over the weekend (three individual and three relays). She kicked
off Friday’s competition by swimming the opening backstroke
leg on the winning 400 medley relay (4:05.91) and then went on to
log individual victories in the 200 free (1:58.55) and 200 back
(2:12.45). On Saturday, she followed up with an individual win in
the 200 IM (2:16.91) and relay victories in the 200 medley
(1:54.20) and 200 free (1:42.27).