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2009-10 Swimming & Diving Athletes of the Week

January 31

Alyssa Swanson, Denison
(Aurora, CO/Regis Jesuit)

Freshman Alyssa Swanson posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 free (1:52.16) and a “B” cut time in the 500 free (5:00.11), just eight one hundreths shy of the “A” cut time. She was also part of the first-place 400 free relay in Denison’s win over Carnegie Mellon.


Brandon Intrieri, Allegheny
(Erie, PA/McDowell)

Freshman Brandon Intrieri won the 200 freestyle (1:48.20) and the 100 free (48.60) in Allegheny’s 150.5-92.5 victory over Baldwin-Wallace. The next day, in a 145-117 loss to Edinboro, Intrieri won the 50 free (21.97) and 100 butterfly (52.63) and swam the anchor leg on the first-place 200 free relay.

January 24

Kate Hunt, Wooster
(Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge)

Freshman Kate Hunt won the 100 (1:03.32) and 200 (2:17.05) freestyles against Hiram, then took the 50 free (25.53) versus Wheeling Jesuit. Wooster swept two dual meets last week, topping the Terriers, 140-87, and the Cardinals, 148-60.


David Gatz, Ohio Wesleyan
(Delaware, OH/Hayes)

Senior David Gatz won the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 57.80 seconds in a 127-77 victory over Findlay. Gatz also won two events at the Oberlin Invitational. He touched first in the 100 breast (58.22) and 200 breast (2:13.66) as the Batttling Bishops wound up second.

January 17

Grace Aheron, Oberlin
(Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry)

Freshman Grace Aheron won the 1000 free (10:57.13), 200 individual medley (2:12.76) and 500 free (5:21.19), as Oberlin swept Ohio Northern, 137.5-105.5, and Kenyon, 152-74.


Evan Rhinesmith, Wabash
(McCordsville, IN/Mt. Vernon)

Wabash junior Evan Rhinesmith posted victories in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in both of the Little Giants’ meets last week. He took first in the events in a loss to Washington-St. Louis, with times of 1:00.00 in the 100 and 2:14.88 in the 200. Rhinesmith repeated that double victory in a loss to the U. of Indianapolis. In the 100 breast he clocked a 59.64, then took the 200 event in 2:15.22.

January 10

Erin Hanahan, Ohio Wesleyan
(Madison, OH/Perry)

Senior Erin Hanahan, who won both diving events in Ohio Wesleyan’s 147-78 loss to Wooster. She won the one-meter board with 192.45 points and the three-meter competition with 169.55 points.


Adel El-Adawy, Wooster
(Cairo, Egypt/German School)

Junior Adel El-Adawy was a double winner as Wooster defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 139-79. He won the 50 freestyle in 22.21 and the 500 freestyle in 5:07.09.

December 7

Grace Aheron, Oberlin
(Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry)

Oberlin freshman Grace Aheron posted the fasted time in the nation in the women’s 200 butterfly as she met an automatic qualifying time and won the event (2:04.10) at the Wooster Invitational. It was the first automatic qualifying time posted by an Oberlin swimmer since 2001. She was part of three school record swims at the meet.


Gabe Dixson, Denison
(New Albany, OH/New Albany)

Denison diver Gabe Dixson won both diving events at the Calvin Invitational, and set school records in the process. He qualified automatically for the NCAA meet in one-meter diving with 466.25 points to shatter a 31-year old school mark. Then he scored 506.80 points on the three-meter board in the prelims and 499.05 in the finals. Both marks shattered a 23-year old mark of 468.55 held by Rob Burnett in the event.

November 23

Kristen Bell, Kenyon
(Mercersburg, PA/Mercersburg Academy)

Kenyon freshman Kristen Bell racked up a pair of automatic qualifying times to the NCAA Division III Championships at Northwestern’s TYR Invitational. She posted her first in the 500 freestyle, placing sixth in 4:58.11. Her second “A” cut came in the 1650 free with a time of 17:10.42, good for fourth place.


Nick Lashway, Oberlin
(Leeds, MA/Northhampton)

Oberlin sophomore Nick Lashway won three events to pace Oberlin in its 1-2 week. He won the 100 back in 54.77, the 100 butterfly in 54.03 and the 200 individual medley in 2:03.58 - all in the Yeomen’s first dual-meet win of the year, a 93-45 decision over Baldwin-Wallace. He was also second in the 50 free with a time of 22.96.

November 15

Sara Kadi, Oberlin
(Oakland, CA/Piedmont)

Oberlin junior Sara Kadi won the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.58) in a 128-103 win over John Carroll, finishing four seconds faster than the runner-up. She also won the 500 freestyle by nearly five seconds with a mark of 5:26.32 and swam the anchor leg of the winning 400 free relay (3:44.72). Kadi set a new Veale Classic record with a time of 1:58.86 in the 200 free in a 108-97 loss to Wooster. She also won the 100 free in 54.68 and swam the leadoff leg of the winning 200 free relay that missed a school record by just two one hundredths of a second (1:41.94).


Dan Thurston, Denison
(Ann Arbor, MI/Huron)

Denison sophomore Dan Thurston won the 400 Individual Medley against Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. His time of 4:12.05 was the second-fastest time posted in Division III this season. OSU overpowered the Big Red, 173-80.

November 8

Jill Simpson, Ohio Wesleyan
(Westerville, OH/North)

Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Jill Simpson won the 200 freestyle (2:15.45) and took the 100 butterfly in 1:13.16 to help the Battling Bishops to double-dual wins over Ursuline and Urbana. She also teamed with sophomore Holly Gilbert (Cedar Rapids, IA/Kennedy), sophomore Michelle Strong (Londonderry, NH/Londonderry) and sophomore Randi Savage (Delaware, OH/Hayes) to win the 200 medley relay (2:11.89).


Collin Ohning, Kenyon
(Greenville, SC/Christ Church Episcopal)

Kenyon junior Collin Ohning rang up a good portion of Kenyon’s points in a 145-92 victory over rival Denison by hauling in three event titles. He swam with the winning 200-yard medley relay team, which clocked in with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 1:33.50. He then captured individual wins in the 50-yard freestyle (21:36) and the 100-yard breaststroke (58:71).

November 1

Megan Knox, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel)

Allegheny junior Megan Knox posted three individual wins, collecting two in a 111-77 win over WV Wesleyan and another in a 135-101 loss to Grove City. Against WV Wesleyan, she claimed the 200 freestyle (2:00.71) and the 500 freestyle (5:26.63). Against Grove City, she swam a 2:00.09 to win the 200 free.


Matt Erenpreiss, Wittenberg
(Columbus, OH/Centennial)

Wittenberg senior diver Matt Erenpreiss set a school and pool record with a 277.70 from the one-meter board in a 165-135 home win over Wooster, and earned a score that provisionally meets the NCAA standard. He also won the three-meter event at the same meet (288.2) and won the one-meter event (246.05) in a 124.5-96.5 win at Ohio Wesleyan.