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Edited: Jan. 30, 2012

Date: Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 15-18 Host: Hiram College Site: C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton, OH
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DENISON MEN AND WOMEN SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND NCAC TITLES (2/18)

CANTON, OH -- CANTON – The Denison University men and women successfully won their fourth consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Swimming & Diving Championships at the 28th annual event, hosted by Hiram College at the C.T. Branin Natatorium.

The Big Red women, who totaled 1,611 points to capture the title, won 11 total events, totaled 23 top-five finishes,  six NCAA “A” cut swims and one NCAC meet record to edge Kenyon for the fourth-consecutive year.  The Ladies tallied 1,581 points after touching first in nine race and earning 25 top-five finishes.  Wooster finished in third with 947 points, followed by DePauw (877), Wittenberg (805), Allegheny (633), Oberlin (481), Ohio Wesleyan (347) and Hiram (216).

The Denison men won nine events en route to earning 1,665 points to edge the Lords for the fourth-straight year.  In addition to the event wins, the Big Red picked up 29 top-five finishes, earned national championship qualifying standards in 11 races, set one meet record and one pool record.  Kenyon earned second place with 1,546 points after winning 11 races and posting 23 top-five finishes, followed by DePauw (987), Wabash (637), Allegheny (635), Oberlin (525), Wittenberg (511), Wooster (473), Ohio Wesleyan (424) and Hiram (190).

Kenyon senior Alisa Vereshchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) was voted the Women's Swimmer of the Year after winning the 100 breast (1:04.27), 200 breast (2:19.30), 200 IM (2:05.00) and swimming a leg on the winning 400 medley relay (3:19.05). Her times in the 200 IM and the 400 medley relay were NCAA 'A' cut standards.  Denison freshman Katie Collins (North Bethesda, MD/Walter Johnson) was named the 2012 NCAC Female Diver of the Year after finishing first on both the one-meter (388.20) and three-meter (424.05) boards with NCAA qualifying scores.

Kenyon senior David Somers (North Potomac, MD/Quince Orchard) was tabbed the 2012 Men's Swimmer of the Year after posting five event wins, five NCAA 'A' cuts, two meet records and one pool record. Individually he won the 50 free (20.12), 100 butterfly (49.28) and the 100 free (44.06) all with national championship qualifying times. He also set the meet record in the 50 freestyle in the preliminary session with a time of 19.83. He was also a member of two winning relay teams, including the 200 free relay which set a meet record, pool record and qualified for the national championships with a time of 1:18.77. Finally, Somer was a member of the winning 400 free relay which brought the 2012 meet to a close with an NCAA 'A' cut time of 2:55.02. Denison junior Gabe Dixson (New Albany, OH/New Albany) was named the Men's Diver of the Year for the second consecutive season after sweeping both diving events with NCAA automatic qualifying scores. He won the one-meter competition with a score of (545.80) and the three-meter with a pool and meet record score of 568.80.

Kenyon head coach Jim Steen was recognized as the men's Swimming Coach of the Year, while Wooster's Rob Harrington was named the women's Swimming coach of the Year for the first time after leading the Fighting Scots to a third-place finish with 947 points. Steen, in his 37th year at Kenyon, collected his fifth male coach of the year award and 13th overall.

Denison's Jason Glorius was named the men's Diving Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Allegheny's Fred Evanoff earned the women's Diving Coach of the Year award.

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DENISON MEN & WOMEN TAKE LEADS INTO FINAL DAY OF COMPETITION (2/17)

CANTON, OH -- The Denison University men's and women's swimming & diving squads maintained their leads at the top of the leaderboard at the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Swimming & Diving Championships after the second full day of competition. The Big Red men won five events and also posted 11 top-five finishes on the night to stand atop the standings with 1,205 points, while the DU women have accumulated 1,093 points after winning four events and posting nine top-five finishes on Friday evening.

On the men's side, Kenyon closed the gap with DU and sits in second with 1,087 points, followed by DePauw (673), Wabash (445), Allegheny (409), Oberlin (374), Wooster (359), Wittenberg (342), Ohio Wesleyan (293) and Hiram (142). The Ladies also remain in second with 1,028 points, followed by Wooster (616), Wittenberg (552), DePauw (545), Allegheny (407), Oberlin (308), Ohio Wesleyan (235) and Hiram (148).

In the opening event of the night on the men's side, the Lords touched the wall first in the 200 medley relay in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:30.65, while Denison also reached NCAA 'A' cut standards after finishing second in the event with a time of 1:30.73. The Lords kept their momentum going into the 400 IM as sophomore Andrew Chevalier (Golden, CO/Home Schooled) set the NCAC meet record and qualified for the national championship after touching first with a time of 3:54.51, while Kenyon senior Joey Pysnik (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) also met NCAA 'A' cut standards in the event with a time of 3:56.99. The Lords again found themselves in the winners circle in the 100 butterfly as senior David Somers (North Potomac, MD/Quince Orchard) reached the wall first in an NCAA 'A' cut time of 49.28. Denison earned its first victory of the evening in the 200 freestyle with sophomore Sean Chabot's (Washington, MI/Stoney Creek) national qualifying swim of 1:39.16. Big Red senior Robert Barry (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's School), who set the NCAC record in the 100 backstroke with his morning preliminary swim of 48.79, became the first four-time winner in the history of the NCAC in the even after touching the wall first in the finals with an NCAA 'A' cut time of 48.88. DU senior Mike Barczak (Bevery Hills, MI/Brother Rice) and junior Quinn Bartlett (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) also qualified for the national meet in the 100 back after tying for second with identical times of 49.39. Big Red junior diver Gabe Dixson (New Albany, OH/New Albany) completed the diving sweep for the second consecutive year at the NCAC Championship meet after winning the one-meter competition with an NCAA qualifying score of 545.80.

Kenyon junior Hannah Saiz (Plattsburgh, NY/Plattsburgh) posted the first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the evening on the women's side after touching the wall first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.80, while Ladies' freshman Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) also qualified for the national meet after winning the 100 back in a time of 55.84. The Denison women closed out the evening with an NCAA qualifying swim in the 800 free relay after the quartet of junior Alyssa Swanson (Aurora, CO/Regis Jesuit), senior Emily Schroeder (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern), freshman Molly Willingham (Simpsonville, SC/Woodmont) and senior Hillary Callen (Oswego, NY/Oswego) touched the wall first in a time of 7:29.50.

The 2012 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships will come to a close tomorrow with the preliminary session beginning at 10:00 AM and the finals beginning at 6:30 PM. In addition, the NCAC will honor its senior student-athletes with a recognition ceremony set to begin at 6:20 p.m.

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DENISON MEN AND WOMEN LEAD AFTER FIRST FULL DAY OF COMPETITION (2/16)

CANTON, OH -- After 12 events, the Denison University Big Red have swum out to early leads in the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. The Big Red men won just one of today's five events, but finished on the top of the leaderboard with 498 points after finishing in the top-five in five other events. On the women's side, Denison reached the wall first in three events, and also added five top-five finishes to conclude the first full day of competition with 491 points on Wednesday evening at the C.T. Branin Natatorium.

In the men's field, Kenyon finished the day in second with 486 points, followed by DePauw (329), Allegheny (195), Oberlin (181), Wabash (162), Wittenberg (142), Wooster (141), Ohio Wesleyan (120) and Hiram (83). The Kenyon women are also in second place with 461 points, followed by Wittenberg (250), DePauw (248), Wooster (238), Allegheny (214), Oberlin (159), Hiram (98) and Ohio Wesleyan (95).

The Denison women opened the meet by winning the 200 freestyle relay with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:33.49. The Ladies posted their first victory of the 2012 meet in the 200 IM as senior Alisa Vershchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) touched the wall first in an NCAA 'A' cut time of 2:05.00. The Big Red got back in the winners circle in the three-meter diving competition as freshman Katie Collins (North Bethesda, MD/Walter Johnson) took top honors with a national championship qualifying score of 424.05, while the Ladies captured the final event of the evening by winning the 400 medley relay with an NCAA 'A' cut standard of 3:45.71.

The Kenyon men kicked off the day with a splash as the 200 freestyle relay squad consisiting of senior David Somers (North Potomac, MD/Quince Orchard), senior Zachary Turk (Strongsville, OH/St. Edwards), junior Curtis Ramsey (Wilmington, DE/Charter School of Wilmington) and sophomore Ian Richardson (Mt. Vernon, OH/Mt. Vernon) met NCAA 'A' cut standards, established a meet record and set the pool record at C.T. Branin Natatorium with a time of 1:18.77. The Lords again topped the podium in the 500 freestyle as sophomore Andrew Chevalier (Golden, CO/Home Schooled) posted an NCAA national championship qualifying time of 4:27.49. The Lords kept their national championship qualifying times rolling into the 50 freestyle as both Somers and Turk met NCAA 'A' cut standards with times of 20.12 and 20.25, respectively. Additionally, Somers posted the best time in NCAC history in the men's 50 free in the morning preliminary round after touching the wall in 19.83. In the final event of the evening, Kenyon touched the wall first in the 400 medley relay with an NCAA 'A' cut time of 3:19.05, while Denison finished second in the event and also qualified for the national championships with a time of 3:19.44.

The 2012 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

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DENISON MEN LEAD 2012 NCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER ONE EVENT (2/15)
                 


CANTON, OH -- The Denison University men's team leads the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Swimming & Diving Championships with 135 points following Wednesday evening's men's three-meter diving competition at the C.T. Branin Natatorium. Oberlin sits in second with 50 points, followed Wittenberg (36), Allegheny (22), Wabash (17) and Hiram (15), while DePauw, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster have yet to score.

Denison junior Gabe Dixson (New Albany, OH/New Albany) captured the title in the three-meter competition with a meet record and NCAA qualifying score of 568.80.

The top five finishers in the event all met NCAA qualifying marks on the three-meter board, including Denison freshman Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) in second with 541.75 points, Oberlin freshman Chris McLauchlan (East Lansing, MI/Haslett) in third with 517.75 points, Denison freshman Connor Dorff (Fort Washington, PA/Chestnut Hill Acad.) in fourth with 476.10 points and Denison senior Phil Meyer (River Forest, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) in fifth with 439.65 points.

Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (Hiram Site)

The 2012 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.