CANTON, Ohio, February 15. THE Denison University women have done something only on other team has done in 20 years of North Coast Athletic Conference swimming competition – win a women ’s NCAC Swimming & Diving Championship.
The Big Red women won four events and recorded 33 top-five finishes to total 1,604 points to best perennial champion Kenyon. The Ladies won 11 events to finish second with 1,548.50 points.
Wooster placed third, for the seventh year in a row, with 1,083.50 points. Wittenberg placed fourth with 957 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan (590),Allegheny (576),Hiram (425)and Oberlin (406)in positions five through eight, respectively.
The Lords won nine events and recorded 35 top-five finishes to total 1,580 points to best perennial runner-up Denison. The Big Red men recorded six first-place finishes to go with 28 top-five finishes on the way to 1,513 points and their 18th second-place finish. Wabash placed third with 796 points; Wooster compiled 758.50 points to place fourth, followed by Wittenberg (718),Allegheny (638.50),Oberlin (494),Hiram (381.50)and Ohio Wesleyan (306.50)in positions five through nine, respectively. The Lords, who have claimed 24 consecutive NCAA Division III titles, have won 19 of 20 NCAC crowns and 50 of their last 51 conference championship meets.
Kenyon freshman Jessica Connors (Cedarburg, WI/Divine Savior Holy Angels) established a new mark with her win in the 200breaststroke (2:21.44).
Hiram sophomore Beth Groselle (Hiram, OH/Crestwood)was named Female Swimmer of the Year in balloting by the league coaches. In addition to the 100 free (51.86),she earned a conference championship in the 100 breast (1:05.4)and met the NCAA Division III automatic qualifying standards in both events.
Kenyon senior Marc Courtney-Brooks (Columbus, OH / St. Charles Prep)was named Male Swimmer of the Year by league coaches after setting NCAC marks in the 200 IM (1:52.43),100 free (45.44)and 200 free (1:37.86)as the anchor in the winning 800free relay. He also claimed a win in the 100 back (51.48).
Allegheny senior Kelley Anderson (Beaver, PA/Beaver)won her seventh and eighth NCAC championships with wins in the one-(402.65)and three-meter (433.60)boards to become the first female four-time NCAC Female Diver of the Year, Wittenberg freshman Cody Nicely (Knoxville, TN/Bearden)claimed the one-meter board (309.40)to earn Male Diver of the Year honors.
Denison ’s Gregg Parini swept the Women ’s and Men ’s Coaches of the Year, respectively. Denison ’s Anne Gillie was named Women ’s Diving Coach of the Year after her divers finished second, third and fourth on both boards. Wittenberg ’s Ian Hershey was named Men ’s Diving Coach of the Year.
Full Meet Results are available at: http://www2.allegheny.edu/athletics/swimdive/ncac/index.html