Denison successfully swept the team titles at the 2017 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships for the eighth time in the last nine years on Saturday night at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. It marked the ninth-straight title for the Big Red men and the ninth all-time for the women's squad. (PHOTOS -- VIDEO)
The Big Red women, who captured the team title with 1,988 points, won 16 out of the 21 events contested over the four-day meet and logged 16 additional All-NCAC finishes to return to the top of the team standings after finishing second to Kenyon a year ago. Kenyon finished second overall with 1,480 points after winning four events and posting 18 additional All-NCAC performances, while DePauw checked in at third for the sixth year in a row with 973 points after winning one event and adding eight more All-NCAC finishes. Wooster finished fourth overall with 821 points, followed by Oberlin (676), Allegheny (595), Ohio Wesleyan (539), Wittenberg (466) and Hiram (232).
On the women's side, Denison senior Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) was named the NCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year after she went seven-for-seven in her events over the four-day meet. Individually, Kane was victorious in the 50 free (23.59), 100 free (51.34) and 100 fly (55.63), all in NCAA "B" cut standards. She is just the second swimmer in league history to win three-straight titles in the 100 fly and she also posted her second career title in the 100 free after also topping the field in the event in 2015. Kane, who is now the seventh different DU swimmer to win the NCAC Swimmer of the Year award, also swam the anchor leg on three winning relays, including the 400 free (3:26.51), 200 medley (1:43.16) and 400 medley (3:45.86). In addition, she swam the second leg on the winning 200 free relay that finished in 1:34.47.
In the diving well, Denison freshman Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) became the first Big Red student-athlete to earn the NCAC Women's Diver of the Year award since 2013 after sweeping the diving events at the championship meet. She opened her first conference meet with an NCAA regional-qualifying score of 461.00 in the three-meter competition on Wednesday night, before collecting the victory on the one-meter board on Friday with an NCAA regional-qualifying score of 465.05.
In addition, Denison freshman KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight School of MN) and Kenyon freshman Connor Rumpit (Brookfield, WI/Central) were named the NCAC Women's and Men's Newcomers of the Year, respectively. Kustritz had a breakout performance at her first championship meet with individual wins in the 100 IM (57.81), 200 IM (2:04.31) and 100 breast (1:02.86), to go along with relay victories in the 200 free (1:34.47), 400 free (3:26.51), 200 medley (1:43.16) and 400 medley (3:45.86). Rumpit logged individual event wins in the 500 free (4:29.17) and 200 fly (1:50.24), while also adding a second-place finish as a member of the 800 free relay (6:38.68).
After leading the Fighting Scots to a fourth-place finish in the final standings, Wooster head coach Rob Harrington won the NCAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year award for the second time in his career, while DU head coach Gregg Parini earned the NCAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year honor for second year in a row and the ninth time in his career.
Finally, Denison's Russ Bertram was named both the NCAC Women's and Men's Diving Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
Visit the championship website for complete results from the 2017 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships: (NCAC Championship Site)
Check out video highlights and complete coverage of day four HERE.
|Swimmer of the Year||
Diver of the Year
|Newcomer of the Year||Swim Coach of the Year||Diving Coach of the Year|
|Carolyn Kane, DEN||
Allison Fitzgerald, DEN
|KT Kustritz, DEN||Rob Harrington, WOO||Russ Bertram, DEN|