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2017-18 NCAC Swimming & Diving Athletes of the Week

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February 5th
 

Kenny Fox, Denison
(Juneau, AK/Thunder Mountain) 

Denison junior Kenny Fox helped lead the Big Red in a 158-106 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday after winning the 50 free in 21.49 and swimming the breaststroke leg on the winning 200 medley relay team that reached the wall in 1:33.98.

 

Allison Fitzgerald, Denison
(Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) 

Denison sophomore diver Allison Fitzgerald shined for the Big Red in a 172-108 home win over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday morning. She broke her own varsity and Trumbull Aquatics Center record on the one-meter board with an 11-dive regional-qualifying score of 499.73, before also notching a win in the three-meter competition with another regional-qualifying score of 484.28.

 
January 29th
 

Ben Baturka, Kenyon
(Drexel Hill, PA/Episcopal Acad.)

Kenyon sophomore Ben Baturka collected four total wins over the weekend, which included winning the 50 free against OWU and ONU in 21.36 seconds and reaching the wall first in the 100 back against NCAA Div. I Cincinnati in 50.74 seconds. Baturka also swam a leg on a pair of winning relays against ONU and OWU, including the 200 medley and 200 free, before also swimming a leg on the second-place 200 medley relay against Cincinnati.

Ty Mansfield, Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, OH/Bexley) 

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Ty Mansfield opened the weekend on Friday night in a double-dual meet with Ohio Northern at Kenyon with a pair of impressive showings in sprint freestyle events with times of 24.20 (50) and 53.61 (100). She then led OWU to the team title on Saturday at its own tri-meet with first-place finishes in the 100 IM (1:03.43) and 50 back (28.44), to go along with a pair of second-place showings in the 50 free and 50 fly. She also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team that finished the race in 1:54.04.

 
January 22nd
 

Cameron Gelwicks, Wooster
(Zionsville, IN/Community)

Wooster junior Cameron Gelwicks notched four total individual event wins last week to lead the Fighting Scots to a 2-1 record in dual meets. He first won the 200 free (1:44.51) and 500 free (4:50.88) in a narrow 118-105 loss against John Carroll on Friday, before winning both the 100 free (48.09) and 200 free 1:45.15) in a pair of dual victories on Saturday against Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan.

Emma Fiskse, Wooster
(Byron Center, MI/Byron Center) 

Wooster junior Emma Fikse also notched four individual event victories to lead the Scots to a 2-1 record on the women’s side last week. In a 117-114 loss at John Carroll on Friday, she won the 500 free in 5:19.58 and the 1,000 free in 10:55.90, before logging individual wins in a pair of dual meet wins on Saturday against Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan in the 100 free (54.62) and 200 free (1:58.39).

 
January 15th
 

Matthew Cooper, Kenyon
(Charlotte, NC/South Mecklenberg) 

Kenyon senior Matthew Cooper won one individual event and two relay events to help lead the Lords in a 180-84 home win over Oberlin on Saturday. Cooper touched first individually in the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.42, while also swimming legs on a pair of winning relay teams, including the 200 medley (1:38.95) and 200 free (1:30.75).

Caylee Hamilton, Kenyon
(Wadsworth, IL/Woodlands Acad. Sacred Heart) 

Kenyon freshman Caylee Hamilton dialed up a team-best four event wins during the Ladies’ 170-74 dual meet win over Oberlin. Hamilton’s list of wins included individual victories in the 50 free (24.43) and 100 fly (59.73), and relay wins in the 200 medley (1:54.15) and 200 free (1:42.77).

December 18th
 

Aidan Schurig, DePauw
(Shelby Twp., MI/Notre Dame Prep) 

DePauw sophomore Aidan Schurig picked up one individual event victory and a pair of top-five efforts in relay races on Friday night in a 171-67 loss at the University of Indianapolis. Schurig touched first individually in the 50 free in 21.74, before swimming the anchor leg on the 200 medley relay that finished fourth in 1:37.30 and the second leg on the 200 free relay that finished second overall with a time of 1:27.29.

 

Ali Tallen, DePauw
(Mound, MN/Orono) 

DePauw freshman Ali Tallen notched an individual event victory to help lead the Tigers to a split in a double-dual meet on Friday night. The Tigers topped Indiana Wesleyan, 126-95, but fell short against host UIndy by a 189-55 margin. Tallen touched first individually in the 100 back with a time of 59.86 and also swam the opening backstroke leg on the 200 medley relay that finished third overall with a time of 1:51.80.

 
December 4th
  

Kenny Fox, Denison
(Juneau, AK/Thunder Mountain) 

Denison junior Kenny Fox won four events and accounted for 66 total points en route to leading the Big Red to their fifth-straight team title at the Miami (OH) Invitational. Fox posted NCAA “B” cuts in three different individual events, which included posting the nation’s top time to date in the 100 fly with a winning time of 48.15. He also finished fourth in the 100 free in a “B” cut time of 45.14 and fifth in the 50 free with a “B” cut time of 20.68. He also swam legs on three winning relays, including the 200 free (1:21.33), 400 medley (3:15.47) and 200 medley (1:28.74).

 

KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, MN/Insight School)

Denison sophomore KT Kustritz won three individual events, broke a national record and established an NCAA “A” cut over the weekend at the Miami (OH) Invitational. Her top performance came in the 100 breaststroke as she broke the oldest national record on the books in Div. III with a winning time of 1:00.50. The previous record of 1:00.54 was set by Williams’ Lindsay Payne in 2006. In addition to her “A” cut in the 100 breast, Kustritz also broke her own varsity record in the 200 breast with a winning time of 2:14.33 and posted a career-best time of 2:01.66 en route to winning the 200 IM.

 
November 20th
 

Sam McManus, DePauw
(Terrace Park, OH/Mariemont) 

DePauw senior Sam McManus posted a pair of individual event wins to help lead the Tigers to a second-place finish at last weekend’s University of Chicago Phoenix Fall Classic. He swept the breaststroke events in Chicago, touching the wall first on Saturday in the 100 with an NCAA “B” cut and school record time of 54.31, before winning the 200 on Sunday with another NCAA “B” cut time of 1:59.86. Both of those performances are currently the top time posted by an NCAC athlete this season.

 

Ty Mansfield, Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, OH/Bexley) 

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Ty Mansfield won five total events to help guide the Bishops to the team title at their own Corbiere-Merion Invitational last weekend. She posted individual wins in the 50 free (24.29) and 100 free (54.02). She also swam legs on three winning relay teams for the Bishops, which included swimming the lead leg on both the 400 free relay (3:42.50) and 200 free relay (1:41.46), and the third butterfly leg of the winning 400 medley relay that finished in 4:05.19.

 
November 13th
 

Bebe Wang, Denison
(Naperville, IL/Metea Valley)

Denison sophomore Bebe Wang helped lift the Big Red to a 186-112 victory over rival Kenyon with a pair of individual event wins. He touched first in the 200 back with a season-best NCAA “B” cut time of 1:49.56, before also reaching the wall first in the 200 IM in 1:54.08. Wang also posted a second-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 51.47.

 

Crile Hart, Kenyon
(Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken School) 

Kenyon freshman Crile Hart racked up three individual event wins during the Ladies’ 154-146 dual meet win over rival Denison. She won the 100 back (56.40), the 100 fly (56.23) and the 200 IM (2:07.68) in her first dual against the Big Red.

November 6th
 

Kurt Swieter, DePauw
(East Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids) 

DePauw senior Kurt Swieter won three individual titles and swam the lead leg on a winning relay to lead the Tigers to a 178-113 home win over rival Wabash on Friday night. Swieter touched first individually in the 100 free (48.15), 200 free (1:45.76) and 500 free (4:53.03), while also swimming the lead leg on the winning 400 free relay that reached the wall first in 3:12.57.

 

KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, MN/Insight School) 

Denison sophomore KT Kustritz posted the nation’s first “A” cut of the season with a winning time of 1:01.51 in the 100 breast on Friday night at Ohio State. Kustritz also posed a season-best “B” cut time of 2:17.50 in the 200 breast at OSU. In Saturday’s home win against Xavier, she won the 100 breast in 1:02.54 and finished second in the 100 fly with another “B” cut time of 56.73.

 
October 30th
 

Michael Lin, Oberlin
(Sugar Land, TX/William P. Clements) 

Oberlin sophomore Michael Lin won three individual titles on Saturday at the Wooster double-dual meet. His wins came in the 100 breast (59.02), 200 breast (2:10.60) and 200 IM (2:20.38). His time in the 200 breast is the second-fastest swim logged by an NCAC swimmer this season, while his 100 breast time ranks third in the league this season and is just two second off his own school record.

  Hannah Orbach-Mandel, Kenyon
(Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) 

Kenyon junior Hannah Orbach-Mandel posted several quality swims last weekend against a pair of Div. I opponents in Ohio State and Michigan State. Despite dropping a narrow 151-149 team decision against MSU at home on Saturday, Orbach-Mandel notched a pair of individual wins in the 200 free (1:51.16) and 500 free (5:03.07). At OSU on Friday, she was the runner-up in the 100 free (50.85) and swam the lead leg on the second-place 400 free relay that finished in 3:32.29.

October 23rd
 

Matt Hedman, Denison
(Anoka, MN/Anoka) 

Denison junior Matt Hedman had a breakout performance in the Big Red’s 187.5-111.5 setback against NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan. Hedman first won the 1,000 free with a career-best time of 9:34.45, before reaching the wall first in the 500 free with a time of 4:37.18.

 

KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, MN/Insight School)

Despite dropping a 184.5-115.5 decision against NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Denison sophomore KT Kustritz showed her strength between the lane lines by winning two individual events and swimming a leg on another winning relay. Kutstritz opened the meet by a 28.07 breaststroke split on the winning 200 medley relay that posted an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:44.76. She then posted a pair of NCAA “B” cuts in individual races, winning the 100 breast in 1:02.17 and the 200 breast in 2:18.17. 

October 16th
 

Logan Indest, Allegheny
(Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) 

Allegheny freshman Logan Indest won three individual races in his collegiate debut to lead the Gators to a third-place finish at the Grove City Fall Classic. He was victorious in the 200 fly (2:00.13), 200 IM (2:05.58) and 400 IM (4:21.57). Indest also logged a second-place finish in the 1,650 free (17:28.27) and a third-place showing in the 500 free (5:03.73).

 

Anna Verardi, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) 

Allegheny freshman Anna Verardi posted three individual event wins and swam a leg on another winning relay team to lead the Gators to a second-place finish at the Grove City Fall Classic. Verardi touched first individually in the 100 free (55.09), 200 back (2:11.14) and 200 IM (2:16.43), while also swimming the lead leg on the winning 400 free relay (3:42.74). She also touched second in the 50 free (25.07) and 100 back (1:00.95).