NCAC Weekly Release (10-29-12) - Swimming & Diving
North Coast swimming & diving squads were busy last weekend as three meets were contested on Friday evening and five more on Saturday. This weekend’s action will be highlighted by Oberlin hosting Hiram and Wooster at the Greater Cleveland Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY traveled to Grove City on Saturday afternoon for a dual meet with the Wolverines. The Gator men captured a 170-124 triumph, while GCC came away with a 159-135 victory on the women’s side. Senior Brandon Intrieri (Erie, PA/McDowell) swept the 50 and 100 freestyle races and swam two strong splits on the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay to put the Gators in strong standings throughout the meet. In the women’s meet, junior Emily Capone (Johnson City, TN/Johnson City) swept the diving events against the Wolverines with a 204.25 on the one-meter board and a 231.50 on the three-meter board.
DENISON hosted a men’s dual meet on Saturday that saw the Big Red defeat Wabash, 266-129, while the women’s team traveled to Toledo for a dual meet and were upended by the Rockets by a 199-96 margin. Sophomore Connor Dignan (Las Vegas, NV/Desert Vista, AZ) broke the program’s three-meter six-dive record with a score of 357.53, besting the previous mark of 355.95 held by his teammate, senior Gabe Dixson (New Albany, OH/New Albany). In the women’s meet, sophomore Michelle Howell (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Acad.) posted the squads’ only individual victory in the 400 IM (4:35.35), while the 200 freestyle relay also touched first with a time of 1:37.47.
DEPAUW hosted Washington (MO) on Saturday at Erdmann Natatorium with the men coming away with a 193.5-86.5 victory, while the women were defeated by a 171-125 margin. Junior Matt Gleason (New Albany, OH/New Albany) led the way for the men with four first-place finishes in the 200 fly (1:55.90), 100 fly (51.63), 200 IM (2:01.55) and as a member of the winning 200 medley relay. The DPU women got their best effort from freshman Caroline Bridges (Mequon, WI/Univ. School Milwaukee) who won the 50 free (25.01) and 100 free (55.03), and was also a member of the 2nd-place 400 free relay.
HIRAM hosted a pair of dual matches over the weekend, entertaining Notre Dame (OH) on Friday and Mount Union on Saturday. The women were defeated by Notre Dame, 139-99, and Mt. Union, 168-120, while the men also suffered a pair of losses against Notre Dame, 137-67, and Mt. Union, 166-82. Senior James DeGroff (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Cuyahoga Falls) led the men against both NDC and MTU as he won the 50-meter free (25.01) and 100-meter free (56.50) against the Falcons and also earned the 50-meter free (25.70) title against the Purple Raiders. Freshman Lexi Cortez (Cleveland, OH/Lutheran West) won three events over the two days combined, winning the one-meter diving competition against NDC with a score of 156.40 and sweeping the one- and three-meter boards against MTU with scores of 173.55 and 154.35, respectively.
KENYON traveled to Columbus on Friday evening for a tri-meet against Cleveland State and Ohio State. The women were victorious against CSU, 155-143, and fell to OSU, 168-119, while the men were upended by both CSU, 175.5-121.5, and OSU, 178-104. The Ladies were led by senior Hannah Saiz (Plattsburgh, NY/Plattsburgh Sr.) who won the 200 fly (2:05.70), took second in the 100 fly (57.80) and was a member of the third-place 200 medley relay (1:47.09), while senior Ian Stewart-Bates (Moreland Hills, OH/Univ. School) paced the Lords with a fourth-place finish in the 100 free (45.65) and a fifth-place showing in the 200 free (1:43.97).
OHIO WESLEYAN swept a home dual meet with Baldwin-Wallace on Friday as the men earned a 116-88 triumph and the women captured a 116-101 victory over the Yellow Jackers. Sophomore Marcus Ramirez (Ukiah, CA/Ukiah) performed well for the men as he won the 100 fly (54.91) and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:41.71), while the women were led by freshman Jessica Ward (Delaware, OH/Home) who set school records in winning efforts in the 100 fly (59.24) and the 100 back (59.65).
WABASH suffered a 266-129 loss against Denison on Saturday in Granville, Ohio. Sophomore Jake Childress (Pendleton, IN/Pendleton Hts.) set a DU pool record at the brand new Trumball Aquatics Center after winning the 50 back (24.88) and also logged a second-place showing in the 100 back (55.20).
WITTENBERG traveled to WOOSTER for a dual meet on Saturday that saw the Tigers come away with a pair of victories as the men won 126.5-110.5 and the women by a 126-104 margin. The Tiger men were led by sophomore Ed Ford (Shaker Hts., OH/Univ. School) who posted two individual freestyle victories in the 500 (5:10.18) and 1,000 (10:42.20), while junior Molly Gustafson (West Hartford, CT/Conard) propelled the women’s team after winning the 100 breast (1:08.28) and swimming a leg on the winning 200 medley relay. Wooster sophomore Brian Maddock (Elyria, OH/Elyria) set a Timken Natatorium record in the 100 back with a winning time of 53.22 to go along with another victory in the 200 IM (2:02.44), while sophomore Morgan Hughes (Chico, CA/Chico) swept the sprint freestyles, winning the 50 in 24.89 and the 100 in 54.16.