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NCAC Weekly Release (11-10-14) - Swimming & Diving

NCAC Weekly Release (11-10-14) - Swimming & Diving

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North Coast swimming & diving action was highlighted last weekend by Kenyon sweeping Denison in a dual meet on Saturday morning in Granville, Ohio. The Lords posted a 170-130 win over the Big Red, while the Ladies topped DU by a 166-128 margin. League action continues in the week ahead  with numerous teams competing at invitational events, led by Wabash hosting DePauw and a grouping of non-conference opponents for its annual Patrick Woehnker Invitational.

ALLEGHENY split a dual meet against Edinboro on Friday, before being swept by Carnegie Mellon and Washingtion & Lee in a double-dual meet on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Senior Erica Bryson (Rochester, NY/Pittsford-Mendon) led the women’s team to a narrow 115-114 win over NCAA Div. II Edinboro on Friday night by winning the 200 fly (2:15.10) and posting a season-best time of 2:18.25 in the 200 IM. For the men, sophomore Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) notched a pair of wins on Friday in a slim 103-99 setback against Edinboro as he reached the wall first in both the 50 (21.66) and 100 (47.64) freestyle events.

DENISON dropped both ends of a dual meet against league-rival Kenyon on Saturday, with the men falling, 170-130, and the women losing by a 166-128 margin. Sophomore Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) posted three victories in the dual, winning the 50 free and 100 free in NCAA “B” cut times of 23.52 and 51.79, respectively. For the men, senior diver Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) swept both diving events with scores of 371.10 in the three-meter and 337.58 in the one-meter.

DEPAUW was idle last week and will return to action this weekend at Wabash’s Patrick Woehnker Invitational.

HIRAM saw its women’s team top Franciscan, 102-100, on Friday night, before both squads dropped dual meets on Saturday at Wilmington. In the women’s win over Franciscan, senior Rachel Patten (Castalia, OH/Margaretta) and freshman Jenni Heid (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) each won a pair of events. Patten touched first in the 400 free (5:08.96) and 800 free (10:45.32), while Heid reached the wall first in the 100 breast (1:23.15) and 200 free (2:30.14). In the men’s 127-71 loss against Wilmington, freshman John Kost (Chantilly, VA/Westfield) posted second-place finishes in the 100 back (1:09.94) and 400 IM (5:22.24).

KENYON notched a pair of wins over league-rival Denison on Saturday in Gambier behind several NCAA “B” cut performances. The Ladies topped DU by a 166-128 margin and were led by junior Mariah Williamson (Bothell, WA/Bothell Sr.) who posted an NCAA “B” cut in the 500 free with a winning time of 5:00.77 to go along with two additional victories in the 1,000 free (10:15.57) and 200 free (1:55.52). Sophomore Trevor Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Memorial) guided the Lords to a 170-130 victory with three individual event wins and three NCAA “B” cut performances, touching first in the 100 breast (57.17), 200 breast (2:04.60) and the 200 IM (1:52.36).

OBERLIN competed on Saturday in a double-dual meet in Ada, Ohio, against host Ohio Northern and league-foe Wittenberg. The Yeowomen topped both ONU, 182-107, and Wittenberg, 191-103, while the Yeomen fell against both ONU, 203-64, and  Wittenberg, 193-84. Sophomore Vera Hutchison (Forest Grove, OR/Forest Grove) guided the women’s team by finishing first in the 100 fly (1:00.37), 200 fly (2:13.49) and also swimming a leg on the second-place 400 medley relay (4:09.68). Sophomore Nils Gudbranson (Cleveland Hts., OH/University) led the men’s team with a first-place finish in the 50 free (22.29) and a second-place showing in the 100 free (49.87).

OHIO WESLEYAN hit the road for a pair of dual meets last weekend against Urbana on Friday night and Mount Union on Saturday afternoon. The women’s team topped Urbana by a 97-93 margin and fell against Mount Union, 134-74. Junior Tirion Sheafor (Cornelius, NC/NW Visual-Performing Arts) swam a leg on the winning 400 free relay (3:56.44) on Friday against Urbana and then came back to post a victory in the 100 back (1:05.45) on Saturday against Mt. Union. The men dropped a narrow 101-100 decision against Urbana on Friday, before dropping a 148-91 decision against Mt. Union on Saturday. Sophomore Greyson Goodwin (Littleton, CO/Heritage) won the 500 free on both Friday and Saturday with winning times of 4:58.40 and 4:57.50, respectively.

WABASH was idle last week and will return to the pool this weekend for its annual Patrick Woehnker Invitational, November 21-22.

WITTENBERG split a pair of double-dual meets in Ada, Ohio, on Saturday with the men defeating Oberlin, 193-84, and the women knocking off Ohio Northern, 149.5-137.5. The men also lost to Ohio Northern by a 184-94 margin, while the women were upended by league-foe Oberlin by a 191-103 decision. Freshman Nikki McCollum (Fort Myers, FL/Estero) won the 1,000 free (11:02.19) and finished second in the 500 free (5:24.49) to lead the women’s team, while senior James Dumstorf (Louisville, KY/St. Xavier) was a double winner for the men’s team as he reached the wall first in the 100 fly (52.27) and 200 breast (2:10.74).

WOOSTER split a dual meet against Westminster in its last action before hosting its annual Wooster Invitational, December 4-6. The women posted a 153-138 victory over the Titans, while the men fell by a 171-117 margin. Senior Morgan Hughes (Chico, CA/Chico) won all four of her events on the afternoon, sprinting to individual victories in the 50 free (25.47) and 100 fly (1:00.21), and swimming legs on the winning 200 medley (1:52.91) and 400 free (3:42.26) relays. For the men, sophomore Aaron Brown (Skokie, IL/Niles North) won the 50 free (22.72) and swam the anchor leg on the winning 400 free relay (3:24.67).