NCAC Weekly Release (5-29-12) - NCAA Championships
2012 NCAA Tennis Championships
The Kenyon College men’s squad wrapped up its historic season with a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championship after falling to Emory, 5-3, in the national championship match at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary, North Carolina, on May 23rd. The Lords, who had never previously advanced past the quarterfinal round of the national tournament, capped off their landmark season with an overall record of 24-5. The Lords jumped out to an early 2-1 lead over Emory following doubles play, but the Eagles secured their third NCAA Div. III national title all-time by winning four of the first five singles matches. KC marched its way to the national championship match with a 5-0 triumph over Baldwin-Wallace in the second round, a 5-0 victory over Mary Washington in the third round, a 5-0 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the quarterfinals and a 5-2 triumph over Washington (MO) in the semifinals.
Following the Lords magical run through the national tournament, head coach Scott Thielke and assistant coach Ross Wilson were named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Div. III national coaches of the year. Thielke owns an overall record of 281-95 in 17 seasons at the helm of the Kenyon men’s tennis program.
In addition, the NCAA Div. III singles and doubles championships were also held in North Carolina last week. Kenyon freshman Michael Razumovsky (Baltimore, MD/Pikesville) highlighted NCAC competitors at the event by advancing to the semifinal round of the men’s singles competition, where he was eventually upended by California Lutheran University’s Nick Ballou, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Razumovsky’s earned his first All-American certificate after orchestrating the deepest run by a Lords player in the singles tournament since Michael Greenberg won the NCAA Div. III singles title in 2008. Additionally, Kenyon junior Paul Burgin (Baltimore, MD/Pikesville) and Denison senior Tom Cawood (East Lansing, MI/East Lansing) also earned All-American certificates after posting opening round victories in the singles tournament, while DePauw sophomore Sam Miles (Carmel, IN/Park Tudor) dropped his opening-round match.
Four NCAC student-athletes competed in the 2012 NCAA Div. III women’s singles championship. DePauw senior Kelly Gebert (Wichita, KS/Kapuan Mt. Carmel Catholic) and Kenyon junior Amy Schlessman (Sandusky, OH/Perkins) both picked up All-American honors with opening round victories, while Oberlin senior Ariel Lewis (Vacaville, CA/Vanden) and Denison senior Sarah Short (Cheswick, PA/Fox Chapel) each closed out their seasons with opening round setbacks. In addition, the DU tandem of Short and junior Alex Marcell (Chicago, IL/Loyola Academy) competed in the doubles tournament and were eliminated in the opening round after suffering a 6-3, 6-3 defeat against Nandita Krishnan and Haley Hogan of Johns Hopkins.
2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Eight NCAC student-athletes put an exclamation mark on their seasons by earning All-American accolades at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, California, May 24-26.
Wabash junior Jake Waterman (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) highlighted all NCAC student-athletes at the event by winning his first-ever national title in the 800-meter run after breaking the tape with a time of 1:49.41 . Waterman is the second Little Giant to capture an individual national title this season after senior Kevin McCarthy (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) won the one-mile run at the indoor championships in March. McCarthy also excelled for Wabash over the weekend as the senior grabbed third-place in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:56.30 to earn his sixth career All-American certificate.
Ohio Wesleyan junior Ethan Freet (London, OH/London) secured his second consecutive All-American citation in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing fifth overall with a school record time of 51.66. Wittenberg sophomore Victor Banjo (Sugarland, TX/Stephen F. Austin) earned All-American honors in the 100-meter dash after finishing seventh overall in the finals with a time of 10.60. Banjo, who set the school record in the event during Friday’s preliminary race with a time of 10.58, became just the second Wittenberg student-athlete to earn All-American status in both the indoor and outdoor championships after he logged a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the indoor meet in March. Denison senior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) ended his impressive collegiate career by earning his sixth All-American certificate following a seventh-place finish in the 5,000 meter run with a 14:37.12, while Allegheny junior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) earned the program’s first All-American performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after finishing seventh overall in the event with a school record time of 9:03.00.
A pair of NCAC women’s student-athletes also secured spots on the awards podium following All-American performances in California. Allegheny senior Lauren Butler (New Kensington, PA/Kiski) secured her third career All-American honor in the javelin with a seventh-place finish after her final throw covered 139’09.00”, while Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) posted her first All-American performance at the national meet after finishing sixth overall in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:10.22.