North Coast swimming & diving teams wrapped up the 2014
portion of their schedules last weekend at numerous invitational
events, led by the Denison men repeating as champions at the Miami
(OH) Invitational and the Wittenberg women finishing first out of
six teams at the Transylvania Invitational. League teams will
continue their 2015 training schedules in early January, while the
2015 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships will take place at
Denison, February 11-14.
ALLEGHENY and OBERLIN made the trip to western New York last weekend for the SUNY-Fredonia Blue Devil Invitational. Wheeling Jesuit won the men’s title with 752 points, while Allegheny was third with 571 and Oberlin was fifth with 315. Wheeling also won the women’s title with 752 points, followed by Oberlin in second (699.5) and Allegheny in third (605.5). In the men’s competition, Allegheny was led by sophomore Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) with three wins in the 50 free (47.59), 100 free (47.59) and as a member of the 200 free relay (1:28.18), while sophomore Nils Gudbranson (Cleveland Hts., OH/University) led the Yeomen with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 50 free (22.16) and 100 free (49.70). On the women’s side, sophomore Nora Cooper (Rochester, NY/Joseph C. Wilson Magnet) was part of two school record-breaking performances for the Yeowomen, swimming the anchor leg on the winning 400 medley relay (4:01.22) and touching first individually in the 200 free (1:55.87). She also swam the lead leg on the winning 800 free relay that reached the wall first with a time of 7:57.19. The Allegheny women were led by freshman Julianne Reed (Camas, WA/Camas), who finished second in the 50 free (24.61) and 100 free (53.36) to go along with a third-place finish in the 100 back (59.72)
DENISON made its annual trip to Oxford, Ohio, last weekend to compete at the 21st annual Miami (OH) Invitational. The Big Red men led wire-to-wire to successfully defend their crown with 2,314.5 points, while the women’s team finished fifth overall with 1,424 points. Miami won the women’s title with 2,409 points. Sophomore Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) led the men’s team with one event title, four top-three finishes and six total NCAA “B” cuts. He won the 400 IM with a time of 3:52.81, finished second in the 200 back (1:47.61) and finished third in the 200 IM (1:49.48) and as a member of the 400 free relay (3:02.09). In addition, sophomore Gus Evans (Bellingham, WA/Squalicum) broke the school record in the 200 breast during Saturday’s prelim session with a time of 1:59.86, surpassing the previous record time of 2:01.37 set last season by senior Damon Rosenburg (Leesburg, VA/Heritage). On the women’s side, sophomore Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) posted eight NCAA “B” cuts and six top-four finishes, which included a runner-up finish in the 100 fly (55.29) and a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 free (23.25) and 100 free (50.76).
HIRAM dropped both ends of a dual meet against Bethany on Saturday, with the men falling, 123-103, and the women dropping a narrow 94-92 decision. Junior Marian Bade (Macungie, PA/The Perkiomen School) won the 400 free (5:22.44) and 800 free (10:59.36) to lead the women’s team, while junior Danny Essel (Euclid, OH/Euclid) led the men’s team by winning the 400 IM (5:41.53) and 100 breast (1:15.52).
KENYON hosted DEPAUW and five other non-conference schools for its annual Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational. The University of Pennsylvania won the men’s title for the fifth year in a row with 2,709.5 points, while Kenyon was second with 2,462 points and DePauw was fifth with 675 points. Pennsylvania also won the women’s title with 2,635 points, while Kenyon was second with 1,574.5 and DePauw was sixth with 616. Senior Austin Caldwell (Loveland, OH/Loveland) led the Lords by winning the 200 free with an NCAA “A” cut and pool-record time of 1:37.11, while also posting second-place finishes in the 100 free (44.81) and as a member of the 200 free relay (1:21.10). The DePauw men’s team highlighted their weekend by setting four school records and having 12 different swimmers achieve NCAA “B” cut standards in both individual and relay events. Senior Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) led the Kenyon Ladies by winning the 100 back (55.14) and swimming the backstroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:42.66), while the DePauw women’s team had three individual swimmers and one relay team reach NCAA “B” cut standards.
OHIO WESLEYAN was idle last week.
WABASH set eight school records and produced 11 NCAA “B” cut times en route to finishing third out of seven teams at the Calvin College Winter Invitational with 539 points. Junior Elliot Johns (Carmel, IN/Carmel) broke the oldest swimming record on the Wabash books with a time of 20.72 in the 50 free prelims to go along with two additional school record swims in the 100 free (45.51) and 200 free (1:40.39). Junior Jack Belford (Carmel, IN/Carmel) also topped a pair of Wabash records in the 400 IM (4:02.02) and 500 free (4:29.61).
WITTENBERG competed at the Transylvania Invitational over the weekend with the women winning the six-team event with 820 points and the men finishing second behind Rose-Hulman (1,221.5) with 450 points. Junior Dani Lacy (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate School) led the women’s team by winning the 100 free with a school record time of 52.71 and by also touching first in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.55. For the men, senior A.J. Burt (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) set a pair of NCAA “B” cuts with winning times of 2:05.66 in the 200 breast and 4:05.83 in the 400 IM.
WOOSTER hosted its
annual Invitational, featuring a mix of NCAA Division II and III
teams, last weekend at Wooster High School. The women’s team
placed second out of 11 squads with 1,111.5 points, while the men
finished sixth out of nine teams with 773 points. Sophomore
Courtney McGovern (Gainesville, FL/Sebastian
River) once again led the women’s team by sweeping
the backstroke events with NCAA “B” cut times of 57.20
in the 100 and 2:04.18 in the 200. She was also the runner-up in
the 200 free (1:54.32) and helped the 400 medley relay reach the
wall first with a time of 3:56.07. The men’s team was led by
sophomore Connor Gelwicks (Zionsville,
IN/Community), who broke two school records, including a
time of 1:42.66 in the 200 free, which broke the school’s
34-year old record held by former national champion Stan
McDonald. Gelwicks also broke the school record and
finished fourth overall in the 200 back with a time of 1:51.81.