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NCAC Weekly Release (1-22-12) - Swimming & Diving

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ALLEGHENY closed out the home portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a dual against Case on Saturday. Both the Gator men and women suffered narrow defeats at the hands of the Spartans, falling 154-139, and 157-131, respectively. Senior Mirno Pasquali (Laconia, NH/Laconia) opened the meet for the men by swimming the lead leg of the winning 400-medley relay (52.38). He then went on to win the 200 free and post season-best times in the 200 back (1:53.47) and 200 IM (1:58.88). The women were led by junior Lauren Karl (Rochester, NY/Brighton) who won both the 200 free (1:58.78) and 500 free (5:18.42) with season-best times.

The DENISON women opened the week on Friday with a 174-128 setback against Toledo, before defeating Grove City, 178-107, on Saturday, while the Big Red men were also victorious against Grove City by a score of 182-90. Senior Phil Meyer (River Forest, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) set a six-dive school record on the one-meter board with a score of 325.12, while freshman Katie Collins (North Bethesda, MD/Walter Johnson) set a six-dive school record in the three-meter competition with a score of 294.22. This Friday Denison hosts its final dual meet ever in Gregory Pool as the University is currently building a brand new state-of-the-art natatorium which is scheduled to open next season.

The DEPAUW men remained unbeaten in dual meets (5-0) and extended their current dual-meet win streak to 14 with a 207-81 victory over Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday, while the DPU women improved to 2-2 in duals with a 189-108 triumph over IWU. The DPU men were led by freshman Jordan Bantista (Franklin, IN/Franklin) who won both the 100 breast (1:01.76) and 500 free (4:48.85), while the women were once again led by Catie Baker (Cedar Rapids, IA/Kennedy) with wins in the 100 breast (1:06.96), 100 fly (59.61) and 200 IM (2:12.55).

HIRAM hosted Baldwin-Wallace on Friday and John Carroll on Saturday. The men and women were both upended by B-W by scores of 94-79 and 128-103, respectively, while JCU also swept both Hiram squads winning the men’s meet, 191-71, and the women’s dual, 197-87. Sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) won the 800-meter free (9:52.11) and 200-meter IM (2:29.35) against B-W and then captured the 800-meter free (9:53.95) against JCU. On the women’s side, senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley, OH/Granite Hills) won the 800-meter free against both B-W (10:32.05) and JCU (10:16.95).

KENYON participated in three different meets over the weekend, hosting Ohio Northern on Friday and then splitting both squads on Saturday with some members traveling to the Oakland Quad in Michigan and the others competing at the OWU Invitational. The Lords and Ladies were both victorious against ONU and also notched team titles at OWU. Junior Curtis Ramsey (Wilmington, DE/Charter School of Wilmington) capped a strong weekend by winning seven events over the two-day stretch. Against ONU, he won the 50 free (21.06), 100 free (46.64) and swam a leg on the winning 200 free relay (1:26.15), and at the OWU Invitational, Ramsey won the 200 free (1:43.04), 50 free (21.16), 100 butterfly (51.40) and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:35.93). Senior Alisa Vereshchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) was a key piece to the Ladies success over the weekend as she also chalked up seven total victories. Against ONU, she won the 200 IM (1:49.51), 100 breast (1:06.56) and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:48.23), and at OWU, she was a member of both the winning 200 medley (1:49.23) and 800 free (7:55.21) relays and posted individual wins in the 100 breast (1:07.36) and 200 breast (2:23.71).

OBERLIN traveled to John Carroll on Friday in a dual that ended with a 124-113 victory for the Yeomen and a 107-107 tie for the Yeowomen. Both squads also finished third out of five teams at the OWU Invitational on Saturday. Freshman Chris Ayoub (Cypress, TX/Cypress Woods) earned three victories for the Yeomen against the Blue Streaks, winning the 1000 free (10:33.73), 100 back (59.69) and swimming the lead leg of the 400 medley relay (3:42.56), while senior Katie Melanson (Jupiter, FL/Suncoast Community) also won three events against JCU, including the 200 free (2:01.37), 100 butterfly (1:01.84) and as the lead leg of the 400 free relay (3:51.49).

The OHIO WESLEYAN men opened the week with a 129.5-88.5 victory over Findlay, while the women were upended by Findlay, 166-73. OWU then hosted its own invitational on Saturday where the men finished second and the women fourth. Freshman Matthew Mahoney (Nashua, NH/Phillips Acad.) won three events in the victory over Findlay, including the 200 free (1:45.64), 500 free (4:48.19) and the 100 breast (59.86) and then went on to win the 100 breast (1:00.38) at the OWU Invite. Sophomore Olivia Gillison (Philadelphia, PA/Friends Central) finished second in both the 50 free and 100 free against Findlay, while sophomore Katie Helfrich (Marysville, OH/Marysville) posted OWU’s best finish at the OWU Invitational after touching second in the 100 breast.

WABASH defeated Franklin, 130-74, in its only action last week. Senior Paul Buescher (Palos Verdes Estates, CA/Palos Verdes) won his final individual event at the Class of 1950 Natatorium against Franklin, touching first in the 100 breast (1:10.47).

WITTENBERG took on Centre in Kentucky on Saturday with the women capturing a 114-104 victory and the men finishing deadlocked with the Colonels, 111.5-111.5. The Wittenberg women are now 9-1 this season in dual meets.

The WOOSTER men and women were both victorious in a pair of dual meets against Mt. Union and Malone. Junior Peter Parisi (Portland, OR/Stevenson) won five events over the two-day stretch, taking top honors in the 100 breast (1:00.73), 200 breast (2:20.28) against Mount, and in the 100 breast (59.46), 100 butterfly (51.53) and 200 IM (2:06.48) against Malone. Senior Melissa Haug (Charlotte, NC/Univ. of NE Ind. Study) closed out her career at the Timken Natatorium on Saturday with three individual victories in the 100 butterfly (59.81), 200 butterfly (2:13.53) and the 200 IM (2:17.14).