North Coast swimming & diving squads wrapped up the 2015 portion of their schedules last week at numerous mid-season invitational events, led by the Denison men collecting their third-straight team title at the Miami (OH) Invitational and the Wittenberg women winning the Transylvania Invitational for the second year in a row. League teams will return to the pool in early January, while the 2016 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships will take place at Denison, February 10-13.
ALLEGHENY and OBERLIN were both in action last weekend at the SUNY-Fredonia Blue Devil Invitational. Wheeling Jesuit won the men's title with 725 points, while Allegheny finished second with 640.5 and Oberlin was sixth with 354. John Carroll captured the women's title with 697 points, followed by Allegheny in second with 614 and Oberlin in third with 611. In the men's competition, Allegheny junior Jack Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) set a personal record and broke the pool record in the 50 free with a prelim time of 20.97. He then went on to win the event in the finals with a time of 21.13. Bailey also anchored the winning 200 free relay (1:26.76) and finished second individually in the 100 free (47.12). Oberlin freshman David Bright (Bloomington, IN/North) posted a pair of top-three finishes to lead the Yeomen, winning the 100 IM in 55.90 and placing third in the 100 breast in 58.60. On the women's side, Allegheny sophomore Julianne Reed (Camas, WA/Camas) finished in the top-five in all seven events she competed in, which included a first-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 59.53. Junior Nora Cooper (Rochester, NY/Joseph C. Wilson Magnet) collected a pair of individual event victories to lift the Yeowomen to the third-place finish, touching first in the 500 free in 5:09.82 and stopping the clock in the 200 free with a pool-record time of 1:54.49.
DENISON made the trip to Oxford, Ohio, for the 22nd annual Miami (OH) Invitational. The Big Red men won the team title for the third year in a row with 3,188.5 points after collecting 10 event victories and 45 NCAA "B" cut swims. The DU women finished fourth overall with 1,451.5 points after logging 28 NCAA "B" cuts and 25 top-nine swims. Junior Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina) powered the men's team to the victory with five event wins, five "B" cut swims and two school records. His wins came in the 200 IM (1:47.93), 400 IM (3:50.28), 800 free relay (6:39.01), 200 back (1:47.02) and the 200 fly (1:49.39). Lindell broke his own school record in the 200 IM on Thursday and reset the program's standard in the 200 fly on Saturday with a prelim time of 1:48.59, breaking Jackson Humphrey's school-record time of 1:49.14 set in 2012. Junior Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) paced the women's team with a victory in the 100 free (50.69), a second-place showing in the 50 free (23.19) and a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly (55.58). She was also a part of all five DU relays that landed in the top three in the standings.
HIRAM dropped both ends of a dual meet at Bethany on Saturday, with the men falling, 114-71, and the women dropping a narrow 91-88 decision against the Bison. Sophomore Jenni Heid (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) led the women with individual victories in the 50 free (27.05) and 100 free (1:01.23), while freshman Reeve Bowling (Minneapolis, MN/Thomas Jefferson) led the men's squad with second-place finishes in the 100 free (54.96) and 200 IM (2:13.24).
KENYON hosted DEPAUW and four additional non-conference schools for its annual TPSC Invitational. The University of Pennsylvania won the men's title for the sixth year in a row with 2,945 points, followed by Kenyon in second with 1,816.5 and DePauw in sixth with 654.5. Penn also won the women's title with 2,753.5 points, while Kenyon was second with 1,866.5 and DePauw was sixth with 631. Senior Ryan Funk (Pace, FL/Pace) led the Lords with six top-five finishes and six NCAA "B" cuts over the three-day event, which included a third-place showing in the 50 free (20.42) and a fifth-place finish in the 100 fly (49.44). The DPU men posted 11 total NCAA "B" cuts in Gambier, led by senior Blake Lehmann (Champaign, IL/Central) posting provisional qualifying swims in the 50 free (20.42), 100 free (44.98) and 100 fly (48.64). Sophomore Julia Wilson (Bethesda, MD/Sidwell Friends) led the Ladies by winning the 100 breast with a school-, pool-, meet-record and NCAA "A" cut time of 1:01.79. She also placed second in the 200 breast (2:15.61) and swam legs on the second-place 400 medley relay (3:45.33) and third-place 200 medley relay (1:44.19) with each of her times clearing the NCAA "B" cut standard. Junior Angela Newlon (O'Fallon, IL/O'Fallon Twp.) once again led the DPU women with NCAA "B" cut swims in the 200 free (1:50.5), 500 free (4:50.58) and 400 IM (4:33.42).
WABASH finished fourth out of eight teams at the Calvin Invitational with 506 points. Senior Elliot Johns (Carmel, IN/Carmel) logged three top-five swims, finishing second in the 100 free (45.33), third in the 200 free (1:40.48) and fifth in the 50 free (20.95), while senior Jack Belford (Carmel, IN/Carmel) was the runner up in the 500 free (4:33.28) and placed third in the 200 fly (1:54.41).
WITTENBERG competed at the Transylvania Invitational last weekend with the women winning the seven-team event for the second year in a row with 628.5 points and the men finishing third out of six teams with 460 points. Sophomore Kaitlyn Black (Ft. Wayne, IN/Homestead) and senior Dani Lacy (Louisville, KY/Collegiate School) both notched an individual victory to lead to the women's title. Black won the one-meter diving competition with 430.87 points, while Lacy touched first in the 100 free with a time of 52.86. On the men's side, freshman Willie Smith (Goldsboro, NC/Eastern Wayne) finished second on both the one- and three-meter boards with scores of 347.5 and 282.07, respectively, while classmate Sam Bott (Des Moines, IA/Dowling) led the Tigers in the pool with a third-place finish in the 1,650 free (16:43.89) and fourth-place finish in the 500 free (4:47.53).
WOOSTER hosted its annual Invitational last weekend at Wooster High School, with the women finishing third out of 11 teams with 1,138 points and the men placing seventh out of nine teams with 718 points. Freshman Morgan Day (Palmer Lake, CO/Palmer Ridge) had a breakout performance in the diving well for the Scots after she finished second in the one-meter competition with an NCAA regional qualifying score of 397.40 and placed third on the three-meter board with a score of 391.50. For the men, junior Conner Gelwicks (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community) swept the backstroke events with NCAA "B" cut and school-record times of 50.75 in the 100 and 1:50.28 in the 200. He also finished sixth overall in the 100 fly with a time of 51.56.
OHIO WESLEYAN was idle last week.