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2010-11 NCAC Swimming & Diving Athletes of the Week

January 30th  

Luke Knezevic, Wooster
(Lake Bluff, IL/Lake Forest)

Wooster junior diver Luke Knezevic, the reigning NCAC Diver of the Year and defending NCAC champion on both boards, won both diving competitions in his team’s 150-133 loss to Grove City. Knezevic scored 299.55 points in the one-meter competition and 280.80 points on the three-meter board.  He appears to be rounding into form after missing the first half of the season studying off-campus.
Ksenia Golovkina, Denison
(Newton, MA/South)

Denison senior Ksenia Golovkina set two Gregory Pool records in a 149-123 victory over Carnegie Mellon in Granville. She won the 100 breastroke in 1:04.49, breaking her own record, set a year ago. Golovkina then took the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.42, smashing a 10-year old record by more than two seconds. Both times were NCAA provisional qualifying efforts.
January 23rd

Taylor Smith, Ohio Wesleyan
(Arnold, MD/Broadneck)

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Taylor Smith won six events. He took the 50 (23.79) and 100 (50.69) freestyles in a victory over Findlay. He followed with wins in the 1000 free (10:20.40) and 400 IM (4:32.50) in a double-dual loss to Oberlin and Notre Dame. Smith was also part of the first-place 200 medley relay versus Findlay, and the top 800 free relay against Oberlin and Notre Dame.
Megan Knox, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel)

Allegheny senior Megan Knox won four events, three as an individual. She set a team season-best time in the 1650 (17:57.70) against Case. Knox also took the 50 (26.01) and 500 (5:20.52) freestyle, and anchored the winning 200 free relay in a double-dual with Hiram and Baldwin-Wallace.
January 16th

Travis Subda, Hiram
(Spring, TX/Klein Collins)

Hiram senior Travis Subda won four events in three meets last week. Against Wooster he won the 100-meter free (55.39). Against Malone, he captured the 200-meter free (2:15.97) and the 100-meter free (55.39). Versus Wittenberg, Subda was the only Hiram event winner with first place in the 200 breast (2:20.54).

Molly Gustafson, Wittenberg
(West Hartford, CT/West Hartford)

Wittenberg freshman Molly Gustafson won the 100 breaststroke against Denison with a time of 1:08.42, then improved that time to 1:07.70 against Hiram the next day. She also won the 200 breast against the Terriers with a time of 2:31.20.

January 9th

Braxton Wright, Ohio Wesleyan
(Mansfield, OH/Lexington)

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Braxton Wright won the 100 freestyle in 49.27, the 200 freestyle in 1:49.33 and the 500 freestyle in 5:09.48. The Battling Bishops fell to Wooster, 164-117.
Alyssa Swanson, Denison
(Aurora, CO/Regis Jesuit)

Denison sophomore Alyssa Swanson won three events as the Big Red fell to Ohio University, 125.5-107.5. Swanson won the 200 freestyle (1:52.67), the 100 freestyle (52.16) and swam the lead leg of the first-place 200 freestyle relay (1:36.66).
December 6th

David Somers, Kenyon
(North Potomac, MD/Quince Orchard)

Kenyon junior David Somers totaled seven NCAA “A” cut times at the Top Peformance Invitational. He qualified individually with a first-place finish in the 200 free (1:38.68) and a runner-up finish in the 50 free (20.06). Somers was also part of five victorious relays, all of which met automatic qualifying standards.
  Alyssa Swanson, Denison
(Aurora, CO/Regis Jesuit)

Denison sophomore Alyssa Swanson posted four NCAA automatic qualifying times at the Miami Invitational, as well as five “B” cut times. She posted “A” cut times in the 200 free (1:50.17), 50 free (23.58), 100 free (51.51) and 500 free (4:55.73). Her provisional times were posted in the 200 medley, 400 medley, 800 free, 200 free and 400 medley relays.
November 22nd

Mirno Pasquali, Allegheny
(Laconia, NH/Laconia)

Allegheny junior Mirno Pasquali won three individual events and was part of a first-place relay against Fredonia State.  He won two individual events, and was part of a winning relay versus Oberlin. In addition, he posted season-best  times in the 200 free (1:47.24), 100 fly (52.44) and 100 back (53.41).


Kati Meirs, Kenyon
(Cream Ridge, NJ/Peddie)

Kenyon senior Kati Meirs rang up an automatic NCAA Division III Championship qualifying time in the 1650 free (17:00.18) at Northwestern’s TYR Invitational. She also met NCAA “B” cuts in the 400 IM (4:28.30), the 500 free (5:00.60) and as part of the 800 free relay (7:41.60).


November 14th

David Phillips, Wabash
(Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian)

Wabash freshman David Phillips won three events in a 165-135 loss to DePauw. Phillips won the 100 free (10:03.11), 200 backstroke (1:59.84) and 500 free (4:53.96)
Sara Kadi, Oberlin
(Oakland, CA/Piedmont)

Oberlin senior Sara Kadi won the 400 individual medley (4:51.347) and 100 free (55.40) in a 145.5-77.5 decision over John Carroll. Kadi also won the 200 free (1:59.66) and 100 free (55.04) in the Yeowomen’s loss to Wooster, 147-87.
November 7th

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

Denison sophomore diver Gabe Dixson set a school record for six dives in the three-meter diving event against Kenyon. He posted a score of 305.90 points, besting the previous mark of 298.00 points, set in 2009. The Big Red fell, to the Lords, 132-11.
Anna Connolly, Kenyon
(Wayne, PA/Conestoga)

Kenyon sophomore Anna Connolly won the 50 freestyle (24.06) and 100 freestyle (52.35), both in NCAA provisional qualifying time, in the Ladies’  135-104 loss to Denison. She was also part of the winning 200 free relay (1:34.94) that narrowly missed the NCAA “B’ cut.
October 31st

Jon Drewsen, Wittenberg
(Fond du Lac, WI/Fond du Lac)

Freshman Jon Drewsen was part of three winning relay teams, and added invidiual wins in the 50 freestyle in the Tigers’ dual-meet victories over Ohio Wesleyan (139-80) and Wooster (174-63).


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

Sophomore Kate Hunt won the 200 butterfly in 2:16.85 in the Fighting Scots’ 125-112 win over Mount Union. The next day, she swept the sprint freestyles in a 129-108 win over Wittenberg. She touched the wall in 25.41 in the 50 free and in 55.75 in the 100 free.