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NCAC Weekly Release (1-13-14) - Swimming & Diving

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North Coast swimming & diving teams returned to action last week following holiday break training trips. League squads will now ramp up their training over the next month in preparation for the 2014 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships, which will be contested at Denison’s Trumball Aquatics Center, Feb. 12-15.

ALLEGHENY dropped both ends of a dual meet against Oberlin on Saturday in Meadville. The men fell by a 158-133 margin, while the women suffered a 187-109 defeat. Freshman Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) posted individual event victories in the 50 free (22.12) and 100 free (48.30), while senior diver Emily Capone (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City) notched a pair of regional qualifying scores with a three-meter score of 286.9 and a one-meter score of 294.3.

DENISON split its squad on Friday with a portion of the team hosting Division I Eastern Michigan and the remaining student-athletes traveling to Wittenberg. The Big Red men fell to Eastern Michigan, 184-116, and topped Wittenberg, 188-53, while the women defeated Wittenberg, 157-73, and fell against Eastern Michigan, 181-118. In addition, the Big Red women dropped a home dual against Ohio University on Saturday by a 157-143 margin. The DU men were led at home against Eastern Michigan by senior diver Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) who won the three-meter competition with a six-dive score of 307.9 and turned in a winning score of 299.25 on the one-meter board, while freshman Cam Clerici (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) won the 50 free (22.43) and 100 free (49.13) at Wittenberg. The Big Red women were led by freshman Carolyn Kane (Excelsior, MN/Minnetonka) who combined for six wins against Div. I opponents, winning the 50 free, 100 free and 400 free relay against both EMU and OU.

DEPAUW traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, over the weekend for the Washington University Invitational where the women finished third out of six teams with 760 points and the men finished fourth out of six teams with 690.5 points. Freshman Angela Newlon (O’Fallon, IL/O’Fallon Twp.) won the 500 free with a pool record time of 5:00.91, touched first in the 400 IM (4:38.89) and swam a leg on the winning 800 free relay that also set a pool record with a time of 7:48.63. The men were led by sophomore Blake Lehmann (Champaign, IL/Champaign Central) who won the 50 free (21.58), finished second in the 100 free (47.76) and swam a leg on the winning 200 free relay (1:25.13).

HIRAM lost both ends of a home dual meet against Wittenberg on Saturday, with the men falling by a 225-53 margin and the women by a score of 227-60. Sophomore Mark Stanke (Dover, OH/Dover) led the men by finishing first in the 50 free (26.34) and third in the 100 free (58.44), while junior Rachel Buckley (Amherst, OH/Elyria Catholic) paced the women by finishing second in the 50 back (34.95) and 100 back (1:16.54).

KENYON was idle last week.

OBERLIN swept Allegheny in a dual meet on Saturday in Meadville. The Yeowomen won their side, 187-109, while the Yeomen knocked off the Gators, 158-109. Sophomore Marshall Waller (Marietta, GA/Alan C. Pope) paced the men by winning the 100 back, 100 fly and swimming the opening leg of the winning 400 medley relay, while sophomore Jillian Sarazen (North Hampton, NH/St. Thomas Aquinas) led the Yeowomen by winning the 100 free and swimming legs on the winning 400 medley and 200 free relays.

OHIO WESLEYAN suffered a pair of losses in a road dual meet against Wooster. The Battling Bishop men fell by a 149-131 margin, while the women suffered a 189.5-81.5 defeat. The OWU men got their top performance from sophomore Andy Cumston (Marion, OH/Elgin) who won the 50 free (22.39), 100 free (49.47) and swam a leg on the winning 400 free relay (3:21.07), while the women’s squad was led by senior Katie Helfrich (Marysville, OH/Marysville) who won the 100 breast (1:08.88) and 200 breast (2:31.15).

WABASH saw its schedule drastically altered by last weeks’ winter storm as the Little Giants were stuck in Florida for an extra week of training. The squad finally returned home on Friday night and returned to action less then 24 hours later with a 181-50 loss against the University of Indianapolis. Sophomore Elliot Johns (Carmel, IN/Carmel) posted the Little Giants’ lone individual event victory against the Greyhounds by touching first in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.00.

WITTENBERG split a pair of NCAC dual meets over the weekend as the men and women both fell against Denison on Friday, before topping Hiram on Saturday. The Tiger men fell against DU, 188-53, and topped Hiram, 225-53, while the women knocked off Hiram, 227-60, and lost against Denison by a 157-73 margin. In Saturday’s win over Hiram, junior James Dumstorf (Louisville, KY/St. Xavier) led the men by winning both the 50 breast, 100 breast and swimming legs on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. Sophomore Dani Lacy (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate School) also won four events to lead the women’s team over Hiram as she touched first in the 50 free, 100 free and swam legs on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays.

WOOSTER swept Ohio Wesleyan in a home dual meet on Saturday with the men winning by a 189.5-81.5 margin and the women coming away with a 149-131 victory. Junior Brian Maddock (Elyria, OH/Elyria) combined for four event wins against OWU by winning the 100 breast (54.09), 200 breast (2:01.47), 200 IM (2:01.28) and swimming the lead leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:39.67). The women’s team was led by sophomore Sarah Litt (Shaker Hts., OH/Laurel School) who was a triple winner for the Fighting Scots as she touched first in the 200 fly (2:15.94), 200 back (2:17.52) and 200 IM (2:17.83).