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2015-16 NCAC Swimming & Diving Athletes of the Week

February 1st

Jack Lindell, Denison
(Edina, MN/Edina)  

Denison junior Jack Lindell led the Big Red in their final dual meet of the season by combining for three event victories in a 180-75 win over Ohio Wesleyan. He opened the meet by swimming the backstroke leg on the winning 100 medley relay (41.97), before posting individual event wins in the 100 fly (49.95) and 100 back (51.58).

Mary Van Leuven, Denison
(Madison, WI/Memorial)  

Denison senior Mary Van Leuven celebrated Senior Day by collecting three event titles in the Big Red’s 180-86 triumph over Ohio Wesleyan. Van Leuven dominated the sprint freestyle events with winning times of 23.99 (50) and 51.96 (100), while also swimming the freestyle leg on the winning 100 medley relay squad that reached the wall first in 47.68.

January 25th

Conner Gelwicks, Wooster
(Zionsville, IN/Community)  

Wooster junior Conner Gelwicks was a triple-winner in the Scots’ 163-119 dual meet victory over Allegheny on Saturday. Gelwicks reached the first individually in the 100 back (54.80) and 100 fly (54.00), while also swimming the backstroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:39.80).

Angela Newlon, DePauw
(O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon Twp.)  

DePauw junior Angela Newlon set a pair of pool records on Saturday in a home double-dual meet with Calvin and Chicago. She set the natatorium benchmarks in the 500 free (4:59.71) and 1,000 free (10:08.82). In addition, her time in the 1,000 free was also the fastest time logged by a Division III student-athlete in the event this season.

January 18th

Ian Reardon, Kenyon
(Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) 

Kenyon junior Ian Reardon won three individual events to lead the Lords to the team title at the KC Winter Invitational over Div. I Cincinnati and Oakland (MI). On Friday, Reardon won the 400 IM in a time of 4:04.84, before returning to the pool on Saturday to post individual event victories in the 200 IM (1:53.61) and 200 breast (2:03.60).

Erica Salizzoni, Allegheny
(McMurray, PA/Peters Twp.)  

Allegheny senior diver Erica Salizzoni broke a 25-year old school record in the three-meter diving event in Saturday’s dual meet against Case. Her winning 11-dive score of 479.00 topped the school’s previous three-meter benchmark of 471.60 set by two-time national champion Melissa Moody in 1991. Salizzoni also went on to win the one-meter competition with a six-dive score of 239.32.

January 11th

Brendan Howley, Denison
(Glen Ellyn, IL/Wheaton Acad.)  

Denison sophomore Brendan Howley was a triple winner for the Big Red in a 189-104 victory over DePauw on Saturday. Howley reached first individually in the 100 breast (57.87) and 200 breast (2:11.42), while also swimming the breaststroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay that reached the wall in 1:34.06.

Marissa Bednarek, Denison
(Madison, WI/East)  

Denison junior Marissa Bednarek combined for six total wins as the Big Red split a pair of dual meets last week. In a 161-139 loss against Division I Ohio University, Bednarek won the 100 breast (1:04.47), 200 breast (2:20.07) and swam the breaststroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:44.88). She then won the same three events the following day in a 196-95 victory over DePauw with winning times of 1:04.86 (100 breast), 2:20.04 (200 breast) and 1:45.10 (200 medley relay).

December 7th

Jack Lindell, Denison
(Edina, MN/Edina) 

Denison junior Jack Lindell helped lead the Big Red to the team title at the Miami (OH) Invitational for the third year in a row by winning five events, posting five NCAA “B” cut swims and setting two school records. His wins came in the 200 IM (1:47.93), 400 IM (3:50.28), 800 free relay (6:39.01), 200 back (1:47.02) and the 200 fly (1:49.39). Lindell broke his own school record in the 200 IM on Thursday and reset the program’s standard in the 200 fly on Saturday with a prelim time of 1:48.59, breaking Jackson Humphrey’s school-record time of 1:49.14 set in 2012.

Julia Wilson, Kenyon
(Bethesda, MD/Sidwell Friends) 

Kenyon sophomore Julia Wilson led the Ladies at the annual TPSC Invitational by winning the 100 breast with a school-, pool-, meet-record and NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.79. She also placed second in the 200 breast (2:15.61) and swam legs on the second-place 400 medley relay (3:45.33) and third-place 200 medley relay (1:44.19) with each of her times clearing the NCAA “B” cut standard.

November 23rd

Blake Lehmann, DePauw
(Champaign, IL/Central)  

DePauw senior Blake Lehmann picked up three individual victories to help lead the Tigers to the team title at Wabash’s Patrick Woehnker Invitational. He touched first individually in the 50 free (21.14), 100 fly (49.76) and 100 free (45.34). His time in the 100 fly was a meet and pool record, while his performance in the 100 free was good for an NCAA “B” cut. 

Anne Edwards, Ohio Wesleyan
(Golf, IL/Glenbrook South)  

Ohio Wesleyan junior Anne Edwards won three individual events and set two school records to lead the Bishops to the team title at their own Corbiere-Merion Invitational. She won the 500 free (5:12.83), 200 fly (2:20.27) and 1,650 free (17:42.86). The time in the 1,650 eclipsed her previous school record of 17:45.98, while her time of 10:40.80 in the opening 1,000 yards of the 1,650 also broke her previous school record of 10:55.82.

November 16th

Ryan Funk, Kenyon
(Pace, FL/Pace) 

Kenyon senior Ryan Funk logged four total event victories in the Lords’ 196-104 victory over arch-rival Denison on Saturday morning. He reached the wall first individually in the 50 free (20.92) and 100 fly (50.91), while also swimming legs on the winning 200 medley (1:32.32) and 200 free (1:23.86) relay teams.

Sam Curtin, Ohio Wesleyan
(Delaware, OH/Hayes)  

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Sam Curtin accounted for six total victories to help the Bishops post a 2-1 record in dual meets last weekend. In a pair of wins over Davis & Elkins and Urbana on Friday night, Curtin won the 100 free (54.86), 100 breast (1:11.76) and swam a leg on the winning 200 free relay (1:49.29). In Saturday’s loss against John Carroll, she added wins in the 100 free (55.71), 200 free (2:01.22) and 400 free relay (3:51.88).

November 9th

Max Levy, Denison
(Sammamish, WA/Skyline)  

Dension junior diver Max Levy broke former teammate Connor Dignan’s six-dive school record on the three-meter board on Saturday with a score of 375.30. Levy’s first dive, a back 2 1/2 somersault tuck with a 2.8 degree of difficulty, landed him 67.20 points. He would follow with dive scores of 58.13, 65.10, 65.25, 60.90 and 58.73.

Marissa Bednarek, Denison
(Madison, WI/West)  

Denison senior Marissa Bednarek entered last weekend with the nation’s top time in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and she improved her times in both events during the Big Red’s 157-105 victory over Division I Xavier. She logged four total victories against the Muskateers in the 100 breast (1:04.61), 200 breast (2:21.32), 200 IM (2:10.69) and as a member of the 200 medley relay that reached the wall in 1:45.55.

November 2nd

Conner Gelwicks, Wooster
(Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community)  

Wooster junior Conner Gelwicks showed his versatility in the pool in the Scots’ 207-87 victory over Oberlin on Saturday. Gelwicks, who swam the opening leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:40.22), posted individual victories in the 200 free (1:49.97), 200 back (1:59.99) and the 400 IM (4:31.92).

Katie Kaestner, Kenyon
(Anacortes, WA/Anacortes) 

Despite suffering a 207-88 setback against Ohio State on Friday night, Kenyon senior Katie Kaestner registered three second-place finishes against the Buckeyes. She took second in the 100 breast in 1:05.64, just .03 seconds from the top spot, while also finishing as the runner-up in the 200 IM (2:11.26) and 200 breast (2:24.39).

October 26th

Matthew Nardozzi, Allegheny
(Orlando, FL/Winter Park) 

Allegheny topped Grove City in a dual meet for the first time since 2012-13 thanks in part to three individual victories from freshman Matthew Nardozzi in the 200 free (1:50.46), 500 free (4:50.92) and the 400 IM (4:16.84). His winning times in the 400 IM and 500 free currently rank eighth and 11th in NCAA Division III.

Halli Garza, Denison
(Stockton, CA/Brookside Christian)  

Denison sophomore Halli Garza turned in the Big Red’s lone individual victory on Saturday in a quad meet at the University of Chicago that also featured Division I University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern. Garza won the 200 fly with an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:04.02. She also placed fourth in the 100 fly (57.93) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:10.43).

October 19th

Jack Belford, Wabash
(Carmel, IN/Carmel)  

Wabash senior Jack Belford turned in a pair of top-10 individual performances to lead the Little Giants to a third-place finish at the Indiana Intercollegiate. He finished third overall and first among Div. III swimmers in the 500 free with a time of 4:42.61 and also placed ninth overall in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.93. The Little Giants finished third at the event with 147 points, behind only Div. I Purdue (920.5) and Div. II University of Indianapolis (282.5).


Angela Newlon, DePauw
(O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon Twp.)  

DePauw junior Angela Newlon posted three top-10 finished to lead the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the Indiana Intercollegiate. Individually, she finished third in the 500 free (5:01.88) and fourth in the 200 free (1:55.37), before swimming the fly leg on the sixth-place 200 medley relay (1:51.12). DePauw finished fourth with 173 points, with Div. I Purdue earning the team title with 896 points.