The 2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships return to the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, for the sixth year in a row. The nation's top Division III conference meet begins on Wednesday, February 13, and runs through Saturday, February 16.
The Denison men's team is the 10-time defending champions, while the Kenyon women's team earned the top spot a season ago. The Big Red men are the only team to defeat the Kenyon men at the NCAC meet, claiming titles in 1997, and from 2009-2018. The Denison women snapped the Ladies' 19-year hold on the league crown in 2004, with KC regaining control of the title from 2005-08. DU then reeled off seven-straight championships from 2009-15, with the KC women regaining the crown in 2016 and the Big Red taking it back in 2017. The Ladies took home the title once again last winter. Overall, Kenyon has won 25 of the 34 NCAC titles contested in women's competition and 23 total titles on the men's side.
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.
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2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships Preview
Defending NCAC champion KENYON heads into the 2019 NCAC Championship ranked No. 1 in the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III national rankings. The Ladies look to defend last winter's crown, and earn their possible 26th title, with a roster loaded with conference-best times this season including four from sophomore Crile Hart (Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken School). Hart is the defending NCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year and currently holds the conference's top times this season in the 100 backstroke (54.53), 200 back (1:57.35), 100 butterfly (54.73) and the 200 IM (1:58.63). Abby Wilson (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) has three of the NCAC's top times in the 50 (22.88), 100 (50.43) and 200 (1:49.26) freestyles. Kendall Vanderhoof (Glenwood, Springs, CO/Glenwood Springs) holds the conference's top 500-free time, clocking in at a season-best time of 4:54.52. In diving, Madeline Carlson (Wayzata, MN/Blake School) enters the meet as the NCAC's highest point scorer in both the one- and three-meter diving events. The Ladies also own the conference's top times in the 400 (3:23.42) and 800 (7:22.94) free relays.
DENISON enters the conference meet ranked No. 3 in the CSCAA Division III national rankings. The Big Red women last won the NCAC championship in the 2016-17 season and own nine titles overall. The team will be led by junior KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/St. Paul College), who is a 10-time NCAC champion and two-time national champion in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. She enters this season's conference meet with the league's top times in the 100 (59.84) and 200 (2:13.72) breaststroke events along with the 100 IM (57.37). She also has the conference's second-best time in the 200 IM (2:00.41). Junior Hannah Rusinko (North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin) is a two-time NCAC champion, winning the 500 free (4:53.10) in 2018 and the 200 back (2:02.72) in 2017. To date, Rusinko owns the season's fastest conference time in the 1,650 free (17:09.75). Junior Zoe Whelan (Memphis, TN/St. Agnes Academy) won last year's conference title in the 200 fly and heads into the 2019 championship with the NCAC's top time this season, swimming a 2:03.30 time at the Denison Invitational. Junior Natalie Zaravella (Victor, NY/Victor) is a contender in the 400 IM, after winning last year's NCAC title and heading into this year's meet with the conference's fastest time (4:21.74). The Big Red also boast this season's quickest teams in the 200 free relay (1:32.81) as well as the 200 (1:41.57) and 400 (3:42.72) medley relays.
WOOSTER is aiming for its second-straight top-three finish at the NCAC Championship. Their third-place finish in 2018 was the Fighting Scots' best since the 2011-12 season. Senior Emma Fikse (Byron Center, MI/Byron Center) owns both Wooster's top 100 (54.44) and 200 (1:57.55) free times this season. She also has the 12th-fastest conference time in the 1,650 free (17:56.66) and 19th-fastest time in the 500 free (5:14.33). Junior Nell Kacmarek (Dexter, MI/Dexter) has the 11th-fastest 1,650 free (17:52.35) in the NCAC. Kate Murphy (Whitefish Bay, WI/Whitefish Bay) and Hannah Langer (Prides Crossing, MA/Northfield Mount Herman) look to have strong backstroke performances at the championship. Both Murphy and Langer produced times that rank among the NCAC's top-30 in the 100 and 200 back events this season. Freshman Molly Likins (Saint Clair, MI/Saint Clair) has burst onto the scene, producing the sixth-fastest time this season in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.06) and the 11th-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.45). Other contenders to keep an eye on include sophomores Brooke Brown (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and Madison Whitman (Wooster, OH/Wooster), as well as seniors Allison Clough (Lebanon, OH/Springboro) and Kalla Sturonas (Lake Bluff, IL/Libertyville).
DEPAUW looks for another top-four finish in this year's standings and will be led by its three seniors, Marihelen Gallagher (Cincinnati, OH/Clark Montessori), Kayla Riemensperger (St. Johns, FL/Creekside) and Mary Woods (Carmel, IN/Carmel). Woods owns the conference's second fastest time in the 100 IM (1:00.94) this season and the 14th-best 100 breast time (1:07.65). Freshman Samantha Waples (Carmel IN/Carmel) posted a season-best 50 free time of 24.15, 11th-fastest among conference athletes. Junior Olivia Neff (New Albany, OH/New Albany) posted the conference's 12th-best 200 free (1:54.42) this season while junior Allison Lund (Roseville, CA./Woodcreek) clocked the eighth-fastest 50 back time at 27.76 seconds. Sophomore Ali Tallen (Mound, MN/Orono) also owns a top-10 conference time in the 200 fly (2:09.72). Sophomore Katherine Douglas (Coal Valley, IL/Moline Sr.) is also a contender in diving after breaking multiple school records this season.
ALLEGHENY is coming off a fifth-place finish at last year's NCAC Championship, its best performance since finishing third during the 2010-11 campaign. The Gators enter the 2019 meet with the potential for another strong showing. Freshman Sadie Brown (Portland, OR/Pacific Crest Community) owns the 12th-fastest conference time this season in the 50 free (24.16) while junior Madeline Janvrin (Woodridge, IL/Naperville) owns the NCAC's 13th-fastest time in the 100 back (58.70). Sophomore Anna Verardi (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) ranks 12th among conference athletes in the 200 back, with a top time of 2:08.06 this season. Freshman Lauren Isaacs (Media, PA/Penncrest) also posted a season-best time of 1:07.17 in the 100 breast, which ranks her 11th among conference athletes this winter.
OHIO WESLEYAN will rely on a mix of experience including contributions from senior Alicia Margello (Powell, OH/Bishop Watterson), who owns a top-20 conference time in the 200 breast (2:32.25), and from classmate Allie Niemeyer (Oregon, WI/Stoughton), who collected a top-20 conference time in the 1,650 free (19:11.58). Junior Tyler Mansfield (Columbus, OH/Bexley) is credited with the Bishops' top times this season in the 50 (24.26) and 100 (52.94) freestyles and in the 100 fly (58.49). Freshman Katie Rozsa (Silver Lake, OH/Cuyahoga Falls) looks to anchor the 100 (59.75) and 200 (2:09.99) backstroke events while classmate Meredith Richters (Troy, OH/Miami East) has been reliable, posting top-team times this season in the 100 breast (1:08.82) and the 200 IM (2:16.67). Other strong Bishop finishes could come from senior Shannon Bermingham (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park), and juniors Liz Mayio (Bethesda, MD/The Siena School) and Maddie Penn (Columbus, OH/Bishop Watterson).
OBERLIN features one senior who will be making her last NCAC Championship appearance. Rachel Poyle (Avon, OH/Avon) leads a young squad of sophomores and freshmen including first-year swimmer Kathryn Raphaely (Bryn Mawr, PA/Friends Central) who has impressed this season with a top-20 time in the 200 breaststroke (2:28.48). Raphaely also holds a top-30 time in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.87). Sophomore Molly Marshall (Reno, NV/Reno) owns the conference's 16th-best time in the 400 IM (4:47.67). Other contenders to watch include first-years Caitlin Dawson (Hagerstown, MD/Mercersburg Academy), and Rachel Maxwell (Burlingame, CA/Burlingame), and sophomore Ellisa Lang (Honolulu, HI/Punahou).
WITTENBERG senior Morgan Siefert (Xenia, OH/Xenia) owns the Tigers' top time in the 200 back, producing a season-best time of 2:21.89. As Wittenberg's lone senior, Siefert leads a core of young swimmers into the championship meet. Freshman Abigail Dunasky (Dublin, OH/Upper Arlington) owns a top-15 conference time this season in the 1,650 free (18:31.37), while junior Annelise Gibson (Springfield, OH/Kenton Ridge) boasts a top-20 time in the 50 breaststroke (33.06) and a top-25 time in the 100 breast (1:09.69). The Tigers also have the fourth-fastest conference time in the 400 medley relay (3:51.64). Other potential contenders include juniors Marita Banta-Long (Guatemala City, Guatemala/Chesterton) and Claire Bergefurd (Hilliard, OH).
HIRAM is led by a trio of juniors including Kimmy Morrison (Hudson, OH/Western Reserve Academy), Jenna Nelson (Bellevue, WA/Homeschool) and Jill Schmidt (Arcadia, CA/Monrovia). Nelson owns a handful of the Terriers' top times including the 200 free (2:08.23), 200 breast (2:36.05) and 400 IM (5:13.21). Freshman Carlee Lisser (Medina, OH/Medina) will make her conference championship debut, while sophomore Nicki Prentler (Jenison, MN/Jenison) makes her second appearance.
Defending NCAC champion DENISON enters the 2019 NCAC Swimming and Diving Championship riding a streak of 10 titles and currently sit No. 1 in the CSCAA Division III national rankings. The Big Red have the top time in 13 of this year's scheduled events, including senior Matt Hedman's (Anoka, MN/Anoka) three-top times in the 500 free (4:26.22), 1,650 free (15:18.98) and the 400 IM (3:53.56). Hedman won both the 400 IM and 1,650 free conference titles last season. Two-time national champion Bebe Wang (Naperville, IL/Metea Valley) owns two of the conference's top times in the 200 back (1:45.47) and 200 IM (1:47.85). Also posting top NCAC times this season are Drake Horton (Madison, WI/James Madison Memorial) in the 200 free (1:37.84), Tiernan Foster-Smith (Edina, MN/The Blake School) in the 100 breast (54.65) and Mitch Williams (Columbus, OH/Loyola Blakefield) in the 200 fly (1:46.55). The Big Red also own top times in the 200 (1:17.98), 400 (2:57.52) and 800 (6:39.45) free relays as well as the 200 (1:28.58) and 400 (3:16.35) medley relays.
KENYON heads into the conference championship as the No. 2 team in the CSCAA Division III national rankings. The Lords own 23 conference titles, the last coming in 2007-08. Sophomore David Fitch (Conway, MA/Williston Northampton) claims the conference's top times this season in the 50 free (20.30) and 100 fly (47.74). Junior Thomas Weiss (St. Paul, MN/St. Thomas Academy) holds two of the conference's top times in the 100 free (44.73) and 100 back (48.63). Junior Mick Bartholomew's (Boulder, CO/Boulder) 2:00.25 time in the 200 breaststroke is the fastest among conference athletes this season. Sophomore Cole McMahon-Gioeli (Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville) has a pair of top-two conference times in both the 50 (20.35) and 100 (44.88) freestyles, while senior Robert Williams (Gambier, OH/Mount Vernon) posted top-five conference times in both the 200 (1:38.06) and 500 (4:27.58) free events. Freshman Luis Weekes (St. Thomas, Barbados/Baylor School) broke onto the scene with three top-five NCAC times this season in the 100 breast (55.90), 100 IM (52.92) and 200 IM (1:47.89). The Lords also have the defending NCAC Diver of the Year, Ryder Sammons (Kent, CT/Kent School), returning to competein the 2019 meet.
DEPAUW looks for its eighth-consecutive top-three finish in this year's NCAC Championship. The Tigers are led by their three seniors: Zach Johns (Carmel, IN/University High), Josh McCown (Roseville, CA/Roseville) and Adam Pircon (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central). Pircon owns the NCAC's fifth-fastest 100 IM (54.23) time this season and is 10th among conference times in the 100 back, posting a season-best time of 50.95 seconds. Freshman Tommy Hackley (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) also has a conference top-10 time in the 1,650 free (16:08.84). Other contenders to watch include sophomores Jake French (Springfield, IL/Springfield) and Ian Longan (Leawood, KS/Shawnee Mission East) and freshmen Matt Wilson (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) and Ben Hilfinger (Beverly Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day).
WABASH looks for another top-five finish in this year's NCAC Championship, never finishing lower than that since joining the league in 1999-2000. Sophomore Nick Young (Coatesville, IN/North Putnam) owns a top-20 time this season in the 1,650 free (16:58.62) while freshman Ryan Sacco (Crawfordsville, IN/Southmont) holds a top-25 time in the same event (17:26.26). Sophomore Jan Dziadek (Warsaw, Poland) boasts the conference's top time this season in the 100 IM (51.86), while classmate Benjamin Klimczak (La Porte, IN/La Porte) has an NCAC top-20 time in the 200 back (1:51.59). Junior Hunter Jones (Champaign, IL/Central) has excelled in the breaststroke events this season, notching the eighth-best conference time in the 100 (56.55) and the ninth-best time in the 200 (2:04.22). Senior diver Aaron Embree (Springville, IN/Bedford North Lawrence) enters his final championship with the conference's best score this season on the one-meter board (482.55).
WOOSTER is looking to finish in the top half of the NCAC standings for the fourth-straight season. The Fighting Scots will lean on a host of veterans who have been to the conference championship before. Senior Cameron Gelwicks (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community) leads the charge in the 100, 200 and 500 free events, producing times that rank among the conference's top 20 this season. Junior Trey Schopen (McHenry, IL/McHenry Community) has shown quickness in the water, tallying the fifth-fastest time this season in the 100 fly (49.02) and the eighth-best time in the 100 back (50.40). Senior Ryan Campbell (Erie, PA/Mercyhurst Preparatory) also looks to provide a punch in the 200 and 500 freestyles, posting top-25 conference times in each event this season. The Fighting Scots' relays should help collect points during the meet. The 200 and 400 free relays both have the conference's third-quickest times this season. Other competitors to watch include sophomore Craig Klumpp (Delaware, OH/Rutherford B. Hayes), freshman Sam Muse (Hamilton, OH/Edgewood) and senior Garrett Layde (Kennesaw, GA/Kennesaw Mountain).
OHIO WESLEYAN will rely on numerous upperclassmen at this year's conference championship. Junior Colin Hawes (Delaware, OH/St. Charles) and sophomore Tyler Bell (Newberg, OR/Senior) both have top-20 conference times this season in the 1,650 free. Senior Chris Ruiyantoro (San Jose, CA/Independence) collected the third-fastest time this season in the 100 IM (52.82) and will also challenge in the backstroke events. Sophomore Trey Serbin (Sewickley, PA/North Allegheny) will represent the Battling Bishops in the one and three-meter diving events. Other potential Bishop contenders include sophomore Liam Dooley (Castle Rock, CO/Valor Christian), senior Ben Whitbourn (Norwich, United Kingdom/Wymondham College), and juniors Aman Ngqakayi (Yellow Springs, OH/Yellow Springs) and Iain Anderson (Monterey, CA/Home).
ALLEGHENY enters the NCAC Championship with a bit of momentum after posting a 174-110 dual victory against St. Vincent on Jan. 12. Sophomore Logan Indest (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) collected a top-20 NCAC time this season in the 1,650 free (16:38.16) and clocked the 11th-fastest conference time in the 200 fly (1:53.40). Junior Justin Katchur (Irwin, PA/Hempfield) has the Gators' top time in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 56.94 at the Fredonia Blue Devil Invitational. His time ranks as the 13th-fastest among NCAC athletes in the breaststroke this season. Other strong finishes could come from junior Karl Stuntzner-Gibson (Portland, Ore./North Bend), senior Brian Corletti (Monroeville, Pa./Catholic Central) and freshman Dalton Lodzins (Eagle River, Alaska/Chugiak).
OBERLIN enters the 2019 NCAC Championship with a cast of upperclassmen including senior Jacques Forbes (San Angelo, TX/Central) and five juniors. Michael Lin (Sugar Land, TX/William P. Clements) leads the pack of juniors with top-15 conference times in the 100 (56.85) and 200 (2:05.33) breaststrokes. Jonathan Liu (New York, NY/Stuyvesant) also owns a top-20 time in the 100 breast (57.62). Other contenders to watch include sophomore Farzad Sarkari (Sugar Land, TX/Dulles) and freshman Jonathan Hupfield (Carlsbad, CA/Carlsbad).
WITTENBERG will rely on strong finishes from its underclassmen, including freshman Anthony Petruzzi (Medina, OH/Medina), who owns the conference's 23rd-quickest 1,650 free time (17:26.26) this season. Classmate Noah Miller (Noblesville, IN) will also make his debut at the championship as the Tigers solo diver. Junior Bradley Barren (West Chester, OH/Lakota East) will provide scoring opportunities as he owns the Tigers' best 50 (22.01) and 100 (22.01) freestyle times this season. Other strong finishes could come from freshman Benjamin Hongell (Fairfield, OH/Stephen T. Badin) and junior Nick Angeli (Helena, MO/Helena).
HIRAM will have three seniors competing in their final NCAC Championship: Michael Barber (Greenfield, IN/Greenfield Central), Colton Kinderknecht (Centennial, CO/Eaglecrest) and Reeve Bowling (Minneapolis, MN/Thomas Jefferson). Barber collected a couple of Hiram's top times on the season, including the 500 free (5:37.84) and 1,650 free (19:24.78). Sophomore Elijah Skaggs (Galion, OH/Connections Academy) owns the Terriers' top times in the 100 fly (56.40) and 200 free (1:54.78). Also competing in the championship meet will be sophomore Darien Street (Montgomery, TX/Montgomery) and freshman Devin Gear.