GRANVILLE, Ohio, November 3. THE Denison 200 free relay team of Ashley Yearwood, Morgan Nuess, Alyssa Swanson and Molly Willingham defeated Kenyon by more than a second in the final event of the meet. The result was a 149.5-147.5 come from behind victory for the Big Red on Saturday afternoon at the Trumbull Aquatics Center.
Denison trailed by three points heading into the final event and the Big Red's 11-points in the final race secured the team victory.
Overall, Swanson paced Denison with three victories. Aside from the 200 free relay, Swanson posted a provisional qualifying time in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.40. She returned to win the 500 free with a time of 5:07.39. That bested teammate Mary Cullen who took second with a time of 5:12.33.
In the diving events, first-year Kelly Frazier posted a new 6-dive school record in the 1-meter with a score of 279.68 which placed her second in the event. Kenyon's Maria Zarka won the 1-meter board with a score of 282.38. Frazier would get some revenge in the 3-meter board, thanks to her winning score of 274.73.
In the 200 backstroke, first-year Libby Dalziel turned in a 'B' cut performance with a victorious time of 2:06.35. Another 'B' cut time would be posted by sophomore Michelle Howell in the 400 IM. Her time of 4:31.05 was also good enough for the win.
The win by Howell in the 400 IM was her second victory of the day. She also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.26. Denison's other individual event winner was Nuess who went 1-2 with teammate Mary Van Leuven in the 50 free. Nuess turned in the winning time of 24.41 seconds.
Denison will return to action on Nov. 29 at the three-day Miami University Invitational.
Denison sophomore Connor Dignan broke both school six-dive records as the Big Red knocked off North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon, 157-141, on Saturday from the Trumbull Aquatic Center in Granville.
Dignan started off his record-breaking day with a dominating victory in the one-meter event. The sophomore All-American totaled 352.73 points, besting the previous record by over 22 points (330.30). Teammate and former record holder Gabe Dixson took second in the event with a score of 348.30.
In the three-meter event, Dignan and Dixson were in a tight battle for school-record bragging rights. With just one dive remaining, the sophomore edged out the senior by fractions of a point to win the event and establish a new Denison record.
Last week against Wabash, Dignan broke Dixson's previous 3-meter record with a score of 357.53. On Saturday against the Lords, Dignan finished with 372.53 points, while Dixson posted a score of 371.55.
Five-time national champion Al Weik paced Denison in the pool with two individual titles. Weik won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:42.26, while the junior All-American and rookie Nathan Thorne went one-two in the 1,000 free with times of 9:46.83 and 9:50.60, respectively.
The Big Red also posted a pair of “B” cut times in the 100 and 200 backstroke events. Sean Chabot registered a provisional time in the 100 back with a time of 50.75, while senior Quinn Bartlett's time of 1:52.21 in the 200 was also a “B” cut. In addition, Bartlett took second in the 100 back after touching in at 51.88.
Sophomores Damon Rosenburg and Ben Snader finished first and second in the 100 breaststroke. Rosenburg clocked in at 59.32, while Snader touched the wall at 1:00.21. Additionally, Snader captured the 200 breast title with a time of 2:11.51. DU's final victory came in the 200 medley relay. The team of Spencer Fronk, Rosenburg, Andrew Rich and Chabot combined to finish the race in 1:33.81.
The Lords strung together three-straight wins to close out the day, but Denison's lead was too much for the visiting team to overcome. The Big Red returns competition on Nov. 29 at the three-day Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio.
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