INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 6. EMORY University and Denison University will take the largest armies to the NCAA Division III championships in two weeks, as the two powerhouses each have 30 swimmers on their rosters.
Emory will have the most women at the meet, with 17 swimmers scheduled to race, while Denison will have 16 swimmers in their chase for the national title. Emory ran away with the women's team title last year, beating Williams College by 186 points, with Denison a close third. By comparison, Williams will take 13 swimmers to the meet, but will be severely hampered by the graduation of Logan Todhunter, who won 11 individual titles over the course of her collegiate career.
On the men's side, Denison is looking to defend its title with 16 swimmers, the most in the men's competition. Kenyon, the team runner up last year, will take 14 swimmers to the competition, and will need every member of the team to contribute to make up for Zachary Turk, the sprint freestyler who proved to be a valuable contributor to the Lords. Turk is now a senior at the University of Michigan, making the leap to Division I. Emory, the third-place finisher at last year's NCAA meet, will challenge for another team podium spot with 13 swimmers.
Seven of the 16 individual events will feature returning champions on the women's side, while just three events in the men's meet will have swimmers defending their titles.