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NCAC Weekly Release (11-24-14) - Swimming & Diving

NCAC Weekly Release (11-24-14) - Swimming & Diving

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With every North Coast swimming & diving team idle in the coming week for the Thanksgiving Holiday, several squads wrapped up the fall portions of their schedules last week at invitational events, highlighted by the Ohio Wesleyan men and women sweeping the team championships at their annual Corbiere-Merion Invitational, held in Delaware, Nov. 21-22.

ALLEGHENY was swept in a dual meet by John Carroll on Friday night, with the men falling, 123-102, and the women dropping a 126-111 decision against the Blue Streaks. Junior Garrett Devenney (Eighty Four, PA/Ringgold) picked up individual wins in the 1,000 free (10:17.67) and 500 free (4:59.84) to lead the men’s squad, while junior Erica Salizzoni (McMurray, PA/Peters Twp.) swept the women’s diving events with 239.77 points on the one-meter board and a regional-qualifying score of 267.90 on the three-meter board.

DENISON was idle last weekend and returns to the pool on the first weekend of December (4-6) for the annual Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.

HIRAM lost both ends of a dual meet on Saturday at Baldwin Wallace. The Women fell by a 123-89 margin and were led by junior Rachel Patten (Castalia, OH/Margaretta) who recorded a trio of second-place finishes in the 500 free (5:53.36), 1,000 free (12:07.16) and 200 IM (2:33.43). Freshman John Kost (Chantilly, VA/Westfield) led the men’s team in their 114-86 loss by winning the 100 back (1:01.89) and finishing second in the 200 IM (2:12.88).

KENYON was the only NCAA Div. III team in the field last weekend at the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The Lords finished fourth out of seven teams with 398 points, while the Ladies were fifth out of seven teams with 211.5 points. Ohio State won the men’s title with 1,546.5 points, while Purdue captured the women’s crown with 1,097 points. The Lords, who racked up several NCAA “B” cut times at the three-day event, saw four swimmers provisionally qualify for the national meet in the 1,650 free and three more meet the “B” cut standard in the 200 breast. On the women’s side, junior Mariah Williamson (Bothell, WA/Bothell Sr.) collected NCAA “B” cut times in the 400 IM (4:30.40) and 500 free (4:55.21).

OBERLIN was idle last weekend and returns to the pool in early December at the SUNY-Fredonia Blue Devil Invitational.

OHIO WESLEYAN swept the team championships at its own Corbiere-Merion Invitational over the weekend at the Meek Center in Delaware, Ohio. The men topped the six-team field with 907 points, while the women’s team racked up 760.5 points to finish first out of six teams. The Corbiere/Merion is held yearly to honor the memory of Payson Corbiere ‘96 and T’ai Merion ‘96, who were members of the OWU men’s swimming & diving team. Three separate student-athletes won events to lead the men’s team at the two-day event, including sophomore Greyson Goodwin (Littleton, CO/Heritage) in the 500 free (4:49.26), sophomore Will Paull (Delaware, OH/Olentangy) in the 1,650 free (17:06.20) and Thomas de Haas (Perry, OH/Perry) in the one-meter diving competition with 84.60 points. Junior Rhiannon Herbert (Mentor, OH/Mentor) paced the women’s team at the event by winning the 100 breast (1:12.29) and 200 breast (2:37.08), and logging third-place finishes in the 200 IM (2:24.11) and as a member of the 200 medley (1:58.13) and 200 free (1:50.61) relay squads.

WABASH hosted DEPAUW and Hope for its annual Patrick Woehnker Invitational in Crawfordsville. DePauw captured the team title in both competitions with 891.5 points on the men’s side and 922 points on the women’s side, while Wabash finished second overall with 743.5 points. Junior Blake Lehmann (Champaign, IL/Central) won three individual events and swam legs on two winning relay teams to lead the DPU men’s team at the event. He touched the wall first in the 50 free (21.15), 100 fly (51.20), 100 free (46.48) and swam legs on the winning 200 free (1:24.43) and 400 free (3:05.56) relays. The DePauw women were led by sophomore Kirsten Olson (Medina, MN/Wayzata), who won the 200 back (2:10.24) and 200 free (1:59.55) to go along with relay victories in the 200 free (1:42.10), 800 free (7:55.48) and 400 free (3:38.36). Senior Jack Belford (Carmel, IN/Carmel) won three individual events to lead the Little Giants at the two-day event, reaching the wall first in the 400 IM (4:13.08), 1,650 free (16:45.91) and the 200 fly (1:55.92).

WITTENBERG was idle last week and returns to the pool in early December at the Transylvania Invitational.

WOOSTER was idle last week and returns to action in early December by hosting its annual Wooster Invitational at Wooster High School, Dec. 4-6.