Denison Men, Kenyon Women Claim NCAC Titles

Photo Courtesy: Allen Rich

By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern

Women’s Meet:

DePauw’s Angela Newlon powered her way to a staggering 16:29.59 to win the 1650. That swim destroyed Campbell Costley‘s meet record (16:43.71) and is only eight seconds off of Sarah Thompson‘s NCAA Division 3 record (16:21.44). Marysol Arce of Kenyon placed second in 16:42.73. Costley out touched teammate Taylor Johns to finish third in 16:58.39.

Kenyon’s Delaney Ambrosen was just off her morning swim to capture the 200 backstroke with a 2:02.27. Teammate Caitlin Foley finished third (2:05.15), right behind DePauw’s Kirsten Olson (2:05.03).

Senior Hannah Lobb was first to the wall for Kenyon in the 100 freestyle with a 50.63. Denison duo Carolyn Kane and Mary Van Leuven touched second and third in 50.84 and 50.91.

Julia Wilson went three for three on Conference Titles this weekend, lowering her own pool and meet records in the 200 breaststroke. The sophomore’s 2:14.90 was well ahead of another Denison duo. Marissa Bednarek and Marisa Pulaski finished at 2:18.23 and 2:18.45 to round out the top three.

Denison’s Hali Garza defended her title and lowered her own pool record with a 2:02.40 200 butterfly. Mariah Williamson of Kenyon finished not far behind in second (2:03.34) while third went to Emily Eben of Denison (2:06.88).

Maria Zarka swept the diving titles this weekend, scoring 483.25 on the three meter board. Denison’s Emma Weber earned 407.55 points. Katie Black of Wittenberg finished third with 384.70 points.

The Denison women put up one last valiant effort in the 400 freestyle relay. Kane, Ashley YearwoodKate Wright, and Van Leuven won the event in a 3:22.65, for a new pool and meet record. Kenyon’s Lobb, Abby WilsonHaley Townsend, and Jenner McLeod finished second (3:24.56). Samma ReganJillian SarazenNora Cooper, and Maddie Prangley earned third for Oberlin in a time of 3:34.67.

Men’s Meet:

The 1650 was a tight race between Kenyon’s David Perez and Denison’s Ben Burdick. Perez got to the wall first, finishing in 15:44.06 to Burdick’s 15:47.82. Matthew Hedman of Denison finished third (15:54.11).

Jack Lindell of Denison topped the podium in the 200 backstroke (1:47.89). His teammate Jason Wesseling touched third (1:51.63). Conner Gelwicks finished second (1:49.90) for Wooster.

The nine man championship final of the 100 freestyle was separated by less than a second. It was down to the finish for the top three. By four hundredths, the title went to Joey Duronio of Kenyon (45.08). Denison seniors Ryan Fleming and Conrad Wuorinen swam 45.12 and 45.19. Seven men in this final were seniors, so things should look quite different next season.

Zechariah Banks swept the breaststroke titles this year. The Wabash senior stopped the clock at 2:01.59. Kenyon’s Danny Jurgens finished second (2:02.97). Sam McManus of DePauw was third (2:03.40).

Kenyon freshman Jon Zimdars got to the wall first in the 200 butterfly (1:49.56). Big Red teammates Mitch Williams and Andrew Rich finished second and third with times of 1:49.87 and 1:50.85.

The final event was just as close as expected. Denison finished in a time of 2:59.28, just ahead of Kenyon’s 2:59.76 in the 400 freestyle relay. Stuart Hohm, Fleming, Max Howes, and Wuorinen won it for the Big Red while Duronio, Ryan FunkPercy Gates, and Alex Seaver competed for the Lords. DePauw’s Kurt SwieterBlake Lehmann, McManus, and Alex Grissom touched third (3:04.01).

Final Scores (through Event 40):

Women:

  1. Kenyon 1957.5
  2. Denison 1787.5
  3. DePauw 1141.5
  4. Wooster 1034
  5. Oberlin 851
  6. Wittenberg 832
  7. Allegheny 599.5
  8. Ohio Wesleyan 518
  9. Hiram 293

Men:

  1. Denison 1942.5
  2. Kenyon 1714.5
  3. DePauw 1113
  4. Wabash 996.5
  5. Wooster 870
  6. Wittenberg 702.5
  7. Ohio Wesleyan 606.5
  8. Allegheny 604
  9. Oberlin 465.5
  10. Hiram 187

Results for the entire weekend available here: 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference: Full – Results

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Gil Mandel

    We are here watching it! Go Wooster!

    • Paige Haden

      I know!!! So happy for them 🙂

Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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