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2018-19 NCAC Swimming & Diving Athletes of the Week

February 4th
  Weston Carpenter, Kenyon
(Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes High)

Kenyon senior Weston Carpenter posted a team-high two victories in a team win over Ohio Wesleyan on Feb. 1. Carpenter produced a time of 21.31 seconds to win the 50-yard freestyle and a 47.26-second time for the 100 free. 
  Naomi Clayton, Denison
(Lexington, Ky./Sayre)

Denison junior Naomi Clayton notched season-best marks for the Big Red on Saturday. She posted a score of 282.2 in six three-meter dives and a score of 257.8 in six one-meter dives. The Denison Women’s Swimming & Diving team posted a 193-101 victory over Ohio Wesleyan.

January 28th      

David Fitch, Kenyon
(Conway, Mass./Williston Northampton)

Kenyon sophomore David Fitch recorded three victories against the University of Cincinnati on Saturday. Fitch posted a winning 50-freestyle time of 21.11, and also helped the Lords to two relay victories in the 200 medley relay (1:31.01) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.69). 

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

Kenyon senior Hannah Orbach-Mandel swam to victory in the 200 freestyle event (1:52.07) against the University of Cincinnati on Senior Day Saturday. She also recorded runner-up finishes in the 100 freestyle (52.29) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.23).
January 21st
  Cameron Gelwicks, Wooster
(Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community)

Wooster senior Cameron Gelwicks had three first-place finishes last week for the Fighting Scots, headlined by a 10:09.58 in the 1,000 freestyle during Saturday’s 136-94 win over Ohio Wesleyan. Gelwicks’ time led the field by nearly 22 seconds, and it’s the 10th-fastest 1,000 freestyle time in program history. Gelwicks now has top-10 Wooster times in five different individual events, two of which are program records.

  KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul College)

The Big Red posted four first-place finishes against the University of Pittsburgh, led by a pair of wins from junior KT Kustritz in the 50 breaststroke and the 100 breast. In the 50 breast, Kustritz hit the wall in 28.47 to win. She held off teammate Kate Mesaros in the 100 breast with a winning time of 1:02.15. She was also joined by Angela Le, Maddie Hopkins and Gabriella Nutter who tied for first place in the 200 medley relay with a ‘B’ cut time of 1:44.84.

January 14th
  Kevin Sheridan, Wabash
(Clawson, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit)

Kevin Sheridan posted two individual victories and was part of a winning relay for Wabash in its 198-63 victory over Illinois Wesleyan University Friday evening. Sheridan won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.92. The junior added an individual victory in the 500 freestyle by finishing in 4:47.17. Sheridan posted the quickest 50-yard freestyle time of his career while swimming the leadoff leg of the Little Giants’ winning 200 freestyle relay team. Sheridan clocked a time of 22.23 over the first 50 yards to help Wabash to a combined time of 1:29.93.
  Katherine Douglas, DePauw
(Coal Valley, Ill./Moline Sr.)

DePauw sophomore Katherine Douglas broke her own school record in one-meter diving with a score of 442 against Rose-Hulman on Friday. The score also registered as the second-highest in the conference this season. DePauw Women’s Swimming & Diving defeated Rose-Hulman, 216-58.
December 10th

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

Allegheny sophomore Logan Indest  captured two victories at the Fredonia Blue Devil Invite, including a pool record in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall in 1:53.40. He also tapped first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:06.27. 


McClaren Rodriguez, Allegheny
(Mason City, Iowa/Mason City)

Allegheny junior McClaren Rodriguez tallied two individual victories in the 100 & 200 freestyle events while also aiding in three relay victories at the Fredonia Blue Devil Invite. Rodriguez helped set a school record and pool record in the 200 free relay as Allegheny took the event with a time of 1:36.47. The Gators also set a pool record in the 400 free relay, touching in 3:34.69.

December 3rd

David Fitch, Kenyon
(Conway, Mass./Williston Northampton)

Lords sophomore David Fitch was part of seven victories for Kenyon during the Total Performance Sports Camp Invitational at Kenyon. He produced the conference’s quickest times of the season in the 50 free (20.30), 100 butterfly (47.74) and the 200 free relay (1:20.83). Additionally, his 47.74 mark in the 100 butterfly broke a school record previously set by Matthew Harris (47.86) on March 19, 2009.


KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul College)

KT Kustritz led her top-ranked Denison squad to a victory at the 2018 Denison Invitational. Swimming against the likes of defending Division III national champion, Emory; Division I Eastern Michigan and Division II Wayne State, Kustritz recorded two “A” cuts, one “B” cut while also swimming on four “B” cut relays. Kustritz won the 100 breaststroke with an “A” cut time of 59.84 and posted a personal best “A” cut time of 2:00.41 to win the 200 IM. Kustritz was also victorious in the 200 breaststroke with a “B” cut time of 2:13.72. In relays, Kustritz was a part of the winning 200 free relay (1:32.81) the second place 400 medley relay (3:42.72) and 200 medley relay (1:41.57) and the third place 400 free relay (3:26.81). All four relays were NCAA “B” cuts. As of Dec. 3, Kustritz owns the nation’s top time in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the nation’s second-fastest time in the 200 IM.

November 19th

Luis Weekes, Kenyon
(St. Thomas, Barbados/Baylor School)

Kenyon freshman Luis Weekes won four individual events, two relay events and set meet records in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard individual medley at the Malone Invitational. In the 100 butterfly, Weekes touched in a winning time of 50.25 seconds while grabbing a 100 IM victory in 52.92 seconds. Kenyon finished first out of five schools at the invitational which included three NCAA Division II schools. 


Anna Verardi, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny)

Allegheny sophomore Anna Verardi registered a pair of victories in the Malone Invitational last week. She recorded season-best times in both her 200 backstroke (2:08.58) and 50 freestyle (24.94) victories. Allegheny placed first out of six teams at the invitational which included four NCAA Division II schools. 

November 12th

Drake Horton, Denison
(Madison, Wis./James Madison)

In a matchup in the top two teams in Division III, No. 1 Denison men’s swimming and diving raced to a 188.5-109.5 over No. 2 Kenyon College on Saturday afternoon at the Trumbull Aquatic Center in Granville, Ohio. Led by 11 victories and three total wins for sophomore Drake Horton, the Big Red opened with wins in the first three events of the day, highlighted by Horton, Brett Weicht, Tiernan Foster-Smith, and Carson Clear teaming up to win the 200 medley relay in 1:32.18. Horton also went on to win the 200 free and 100 free, logging a 46.67 in the 100, and a season-best 1:42.43 in the 200. 


Crile Hart, Kenyon
(Pepper Pike, Ohio/Hawken)

Kenyon’s Crile Hart posted three NCAA Division III “B” cuts in winning fashion against No. 2-ranked Denison on Saturday. She swam a season-best in both the 100 backstroke (55.83) and the 200 IM (2:02.57), winning both events. She also collected a third victory in the 200 backstroke, touching in 2:02.26. 

November 5th

Trey Schopen, Wooster
(McHenry, Ill./McHenry)

Wooster junior Trey Schopen was a quadruple winner during the Scots’ quad dual meet on Saturday. Schopen’s 1:59.12 in the 200 butterfly was the best time by over seven seconds, and the Scots also won the 400 freestyle relay by over seven seconds.


Katherine Douglas, DePauw
(Coal Valley, Ill./Moline Sr.)

DePauw’s Katherine Douglas broke the Tiger’s school record with 409.6 points in 11 one-meter dives against Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday. The 409.6 points also represented the sophomore’s first qualifying standard of the season.

October 29th

Tommy Hackley, DePauw
(Wilmette, Ind./New Trier)

DePauw’s Tommy Hackley posted two first-place finishes against No. 10-ranked Washington (Mo.) this past week. His winning 500 Freestyle time was clocked at 4:47.03, the fifth quickest time in the conference this season. His winning 1650 Freestyle time (16:35.97) was also the fifth quickest among conference times this season.


Lauren Isaacs, Allegheny
(Media, Pa./Penncrest)

Allegheny’s Lauren Isaacs posted three first-place finishes in a 212-79 victory over Grove City. Isaacs won the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.38) and 200 Breaststroke (2:31.78), recording the conference’s sixth-fastest times this season in both events. She also touched first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:19.70.

October 22nd

David Fitch, Kenyon
(Conway, Mass./Williston Northampton)

David Fitch was part of five winning relays at the Kenyon College Relays this past weekend. The Lords captured victories in the 200 medley relay (1:32.62), 200 butterfly relay (1:31.73), 400 IM relay (3:32.50), 200 free relay (1:24.97) and 200 mixed medley relay (1:38.82).


Tyler Mansfield, Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, Ohio/Bexley)

Ohio Wesleyan’s Tyler Mansfield anchored the first-place 400 freestyle relay in the season opener against Baldwin Wallace. Mansfield also captured first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:01.90) and the 50 free (24.73). At the Kenyon Relays, she helped the 200 backstroke relay to a fifth-place finish, OWU's best finish of the meet. She also helped the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay to sixth-place finishes. 

October 15th

Matt Hedman, Denison
(Anoka, Minn./Anoka)

Matt Hedman kicked off the year with three NCAA “B” cuts at the Akron Zips Classic. Denison was the only non-Division I invitee to the event and Hedman was stellar, posting event wins in the 400 IM and the 1,650 free. On Friday night, he touched second in the 500 free and was a part of the fifth-place 800 Free Relay. Hedman was the runner-up in the 500 free and the 1,650 free at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. He also placed fourth in the 400 IM.  


KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul College)

KT Kustritz posted two NCAA B cuts in her season debut at the Akron Zips Classic. The defending national champion in the 100 breaststroke placed second in 1:02.80, also posting a sixth place performance in the 200 breast. In addition, the 200 medley relay with Casey Kirby, Maddie Hopkins and Mia Chiappe were just .01 away from posting a B cut to open the season. That foursome did log a B-cut in the 400 medley relay on Friday night in 3:50.61. Denison finished fourth out of six teams at Akron as the Big Red were only non-Division I invitee.