The 2017 NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will be held over a four-day period at the CISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and the City of Shenandoah will serve as the hosts for the event that will run from Wednesday, March 15, through Saturday, March 18. Preliminary events will begin each morning at 10:00 a.m. (CDT), while final sessions are set for 6:00 p.m. (CDT). The North Coast Athletic Conference will be represented in both the men's and women's meets by student-athletes from Denison, DePauw and Kenyon.
While the Kenyon Ladies lead all NCAA Div. III teams with 23 national titles all-time, the NCAC's dominance on the men's side has been unprecedented across the nation as either Kenyon or Denison have topped the team standings at the national meet in each of the last 37 years. The Lords own 34 national titles all-time, which includes their remarkable streak of 31-straight from 1980-2010. KC's 34 team titles is double the amount of Wisconsin-La Crosse's 17 Div. III men's indoor track & field crowns and tied with Div. I Oklahoma State's wrestling program for the most team titles in NCAA history. Denison, which won the men's title a year ago, owns three total team championships after posting back-to-back titles in 2011 and '12, while the DU women won their lone national title in 2001.
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WOMEN'S TEAM PREVIEWS
DENISON is set to send 14 total athletes to Texas for the national meet, led by senior Carolyn Kane (Deephaven, MN/Minnetonka) who is a 19-time All-American and two-time national champion in relay events. Kane's experience will be crucial to DU's success at this year's meet as the Big Red's national team roster consists of three seniors, one junior and 10 freshmen. In 2016, the Big Red posted their 26th-straight top-five finish at the NCAA Championships in fourth-place with 329 points. Since winning the national title in 2001, DU has finished as the runner-up on four different occasions and as the third-place team six different times.
Kane, who is again expected to swim key freestyle legs on numerous relay squads, enters her final NCAA championship meet with top-five seed times in three different events, including the 100 fly (54.67 - 2nd), 100 free (50.49 - 4th) and 50 free (23.18 - 5th).
Campbell Costley (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) and Alex Elizeus (Ardara, PA/Oakland Catholic) join Kane as the lone DU seniors on the national team roster. Costley, who owns 11-career top-eight finishes at the national meet, will look to add to her resume this year in the distance freestyle events as she ranks fifth in the 500 (4:52.65), sixth in the 1,650 (16:57.85) and seventh in the 200 (1:50.56). Elizeus will be looking to capture her third-straight top-eight finish as a member of DU's 800 free relay team.
Junior Halli Garza (Stockton, CA/Brookside Christian), who has posted back-to-back top-eight finishes in the 200 fly, is aiming to climb to the top of the podium in the event this year as she posted the nation's top time this season in the event at the NCAC Championships with a time of 2:01.81. Garza also posted qualifying times throughout the season in both individual medley events, ranking seventh in the country in the 400 (4:25.17) and 15th overall in the 200 (2:05.10).
The 10-member freshmen class is highlighted by the duo of Allison Fitzgerald (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Central) and KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight School of Minnesota). Fitzgerald notched her spot in the national meet after her performance at the NCAA Region I Diving Regionals at Calvin where she finished second in the one-meter competition with 429.95 points and sixth on the three-meter board with 430.60 points. Kustritz is looking to make a splash in her debut at nationals as she owns the country's second-best time in the 100 breast (1:01.46) and the third-fastest time in the 200 breast (2:15.90).
The eight remaining DU rookies on the national team include Erica Hsu (Iowa City, IA/West), Casey Kirby (Long Grove, IL/Stevenson), Angela Le (Eagan, MN/Burnsville), Kate Mesaros (Ann Arbor, MI/Dexter), Gabriella Nutter (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. Mary's School), Hannah Rusinko (Pittsburgh, PA/Norwin), Zoe Whelan (Memphis, TN/St. Agnes Acad.) and Natalie Zaravella (Victor, NY/Victor).
DEPAUW senior Angela Newlon (O'Fallon, IL/O'Fallon Twp.) will close out her decorated collegiate career with national title aspirations on her mind in Texas.
After finishing third overall in the 1,650 free (16:42.48) and fourth in the 500 free (4:52.30) last year, Newlon will again be a threat in both events this spring as she owns the nation's second-best time in the 500 (4:51.88) and the third-fastest effort in the 1,650 (16:52.33).
Newlon, who owns three-career top-eight finishes at the national meet, also posted a qualifying time this season in the 200 fly at 2:04.18.
KENYON has a loaded 2017 national team roster that will be aiming to dethrone seven-time national champion Emory and reclaim its spot at the top of Division III women's swimming & diving. Over Emory's seven-year title run, the Ladies proved to be their biggest threat a year ago as the margin of victory was just 84 points at the top of the team standings, 560-476. KC, which owns 23 national titles all-time, has matched Emory with 17 total swimmers on its 2017 national team roster.
While Ellie Crawford (Las Vegas, NV/Meadows School) and Laura Duncan (Fremont, OH/Ross) will provide the senior leadership on the roster, the bulk of the Ladies' scoring will come from the star-studded group of underclassmen that proved vital in their second-place finish a year ago.
Leading the charge for the Ladies will be sophomore Marysol Arce (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) as the defending national champion in both the 500 free and 1,650 free. She has put herself in a great position to repeat in both events this year with the nation's top seed times at 4:51.47 (500) and 16:45.37 (1,650). After also finishing second in the 400 IM last year, she will again be vying for a podium spot in the event this year with the nation's sixth-best seed time of 4:24.84.
Junior Julia Wilson (Bethesda, MD/Sidwell Friends), who owns four-career top-eight finishes at the national meet, will be a strong contender in the breaststroke events, ranking third in the nation in the 100 (1:01.47) and fourth in the 200 (2:16.17). Wilson is also expected to swim the breaststroke legs on both the 200- and 400-medley relay teams that enter the meet ranked second (1:41.99) and fourth (3:44.27), respectively.
Sophomore Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) also experienced a tremendous amount of success in her debut at the national meet a year ago, placing fifth individually in the 200 free (1:50.07) and posting a pair of third-place finishes as a member of the 400 free- and 800 free-relay teams. Her focus will once again be in the freestyle events this year as she ranks second in the country in the 200 (1:48.71), fifth in the 100 (50.66) and eighth in the 500 (4:54.71). Sophomore Abby Wilson (Westerville, OH/Columbus Acad.), who notched a third-place individual finish last year in the 200 free (1:49.92) to go along with four total third-place showings in relay events, sits right behind Orbach-Mandel in the 200 free with a seed time of 1:49.00 and eighth overall in the 100 free at 51.02, while classmate Delaney Ambrosen (Excelsior, MN/Minnetonka) enters the meet with the nation's fourth-best time in the 200 back at 2:00.57.
Member of the junior class joining Julia Wilson in Texas will be three-time All-American Kanchi Desai (Mumbai, India/Lilavatibai) and Mary Dierker (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington), while sophomores Caitlin Foley (Lewisburg, PA/Lewisburg Area) and Sophia Kuvan (Encinitas, CA/Winter Park) are both competing in the national meet for the first time in their career.
Summer Otazu (Pasadena, CA/Maranatha) leads KC's six rookies on the national team roster with the nation's sixth-fastest time to date in the 100 back (55.78). Also making their debut at the national meet will be Gail Anderson (Silver Spring, MD/Albert Einstein), Julia Green (Winnetka, IL/New Trier), Hollie Hopf (Bridgewater, NJ/The Pingry School), Zoe Toscos (Fort Wayne, IN/Carroll) and Kendall Vanderhoof (Glenwood Springs, CO/Glenwood Springs).
MEN'S TEAM PREVIEWS
DENISON has a decorated trio of seniors that will be the focal point of the Big Red's national team roster that is aiming to bring home their second-straight national title to Granville.
Senior Jack Lindell (Edina, MN/Edina), a 12-time All-American and the 2016 NCAA Div. III Swimmer of the Year, is the defending national champion in four different events, including the 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM and as a member of the 800 free relay team. Lindell, who set the national meet record in the 200 IM year with a winning time of 1:46.00, enters the 2017 meet with the nation's top seed time in the 400 IM (3:51.56) and the third-best time in both the 200 IM (1:48.66) and 200 back (1:46.68).
In the diving well, seniors Max Levy (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) and Brian Allen (Flagstaff, AZ/Flagstaff) have both qualified to compete at the national meet for the fourth year in a row. Levy, who owns six-career All-American certificates, was named the NCAA Div. III Diver of the Year in 2015 after winning the national title on both boards. He was also the top qualifier for the national meet out of the NCAA Region I Diving Regional at Calvin with winning scores of 567.00 (one-meter) and 523.70 (three-meter). Allen, who finished in the top-eight on both boards at nationals a year ago, finished second in the three-meter competition at the Calvin Regional with 564.75 points and third on the one-meter board with 495.30 points.
Max Howes (Chapel Hill, NC/East Chapel Hill) rounds out the list of seniors on DU's national team roster as a four-time All-American in relay events. After swimming a leg on the fourth-place 400 free relay team last year, he posted the 10th-best qualifying mark this year in the 200 free at 1:39.21. The Big Red are primed to rack up key points in the 200 free with junior Stuart Hohm (Springfield, IL/Glenwood) ranking fifth in the nation with a seed time of 1:38.49 and sophomore Walter Dauksher (Fort Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge) sitting ninth overall at 1:38.97. Hohm will also be vying for a podium spot in the 500 free with the nation's fourth-fastest time at 4:28.04.
Despite making his first-career appearance at nationals, junior Zach Wagner (Seattle, WA/Lakeside) will be the Big Red's top spring freestyle specialist in Texas with the fifth-best time in the country in the 100 (44.37) and the 11th-quickest time in the 50 (20.47). Classmate Jason Wesseling (Hudsonville, MI/Jenison), who posted top-eight finishes in both backstroke events last year, enters this year's national meet with the sixth-best time in the 100 (49.20) and the 15th-best effort in the 200 (1:48.32). Rounding out DU's junior class on the national team roster will be Ben Burdick (Carmel, IN/Carmel) and Liam Marsden-Readford (Sydney, Australia/Arden Anglican School). Burdick ranks 11th in the nation in the 1,650 free (15:48.12), while Marsden-Readford is 10th overall in the 100 fly (48.83).
The sophomore duo of Jake Ball (Stafford, VA/Colonial Forge) and Kenny Fox (Juneau, AK/Thunder Mountain) are both in search of their first-career All-American certificates with top-five seed times in the 200 breast (1:59.91 - 3rd) and 100 fly (48.52 - 3rd), respectively. Sophomore Matt Hedman (Anoka, MN/Anoka) is making his national meet debut with the seventh-best seed time in the 1,650 free (15:40.04), classmate Ryan Stevenson (Madeira, OH/Madeira) is making his second-straight appearance at the national meet after swimming a leg on the winning 800 free relay in 2016.
Carson Clear (Fort Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge) and Tiernan Foster-Smith (Edina, MN/The Blake School) are the final two sophomores on DU's roster, while Eric Gerlach (Naperville, IL/Central) and Bebe Wang (Naperville, IL/Metea Valley) are the lone rookies on the national team roster.
DEPAUW junior Sam McManus (Terrace Park, OH/Mariemont) will be the lone Tiger to making the trip to the national meet this year after he posted a qualifying time of 55.15 in the 100 breast.
KENYON, which finished second behind Denison a year ago, will enter the 2017 national meet with a 16-man roster that will be led by the senior grouping of Arthur Conover (Oakland, ME/Messalonskee), Trevor Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Eau Claire), Austin Pu (Forest Hills, NY/Trevor Day) and Ian Reardon (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington).
Conover and Reardon highlight the list of seniors as past individual event national champions, while Manz has a pair of national titles to his credit in relay events.
Reardon, who owns seven-career NCAA top-eight finishes, will look to defend his national title in the 200 breast with the nation's second-best seed time of 1:59.27. He will also be a factor in both individual medley events, ranking fourth in both the 200 (1:49.22) and 400 (3:53.63). Conover, a 10-time top-eight All-American and the 2015 champion in the 1,650 free, will once again be one of the premiere distance swimmers at the NCAA Championships, holding the nation's top seed time in the 1,650 (14:56.44) and ranking second overall in both the 500 (4:22.70) and 200 (1:38.05).
Manz, who leads the senior class with 15 total top-eight finishes in his career, qualified individually in the 200 IM with a seed time of 1:49.94, but he is expected to add to his list of All-American citations in the medley relay events this year. He swam the breaststroke leg on the 400 medley relay squad that won the national title in 2016 and the 200 medley team that topped the field at the national meet in 2015. Pu, who own three top-eight finishes in freestyle relay events, will again be a presence in those events this year with the Lords ranking 10th in the 200 free relay (1:21.91) and 12th in the 400 (3:02.43).
Junior David Perez (Orlando, FL/Lake Highland Prep), who is in search of his first-career All-American award, will also be a threat in the distance freestyle events, ranking sixth in the country in the 1,650 (15:38.01) and 13th overall in the 500 (4:29.74). Classmate Matt Leenhouts (Blandon, PA/Fleetwood Area) is making his third-straight trip to the national meet with one top-eight finish on his resume, while Gabriel Bellott-McGrath (Marietta, GA/Westminster) is making his first-career trip to nationals in his third season with the Lords.
While Reardon owns the Lords' top seed time in the 400 IM, three of his teammates will also be jockeying for a podium position in the event, led by freshman Mick Bartholomew (Boulder, CO/Boulder) who ranks fifth in the nation with a time of 3:54.42. Sophomore Brooks McCoy (Greenville, SC/St. Joseph's) owns the seventh-fastest time at 3:56.23, while Leenhouts ranks ninth with a time of 3:56.54.
Jon Zimdars (Whitewater, WI/Whitewater), who finished seventh in the nation in the 200 fly last year, leads the list of KC sophomores at this year's meet with the third-fastest time in the country in the 200 fly (1:48.50), while Connor Rumpit (Brookfield, WI/Central) leads the four-member freshman class on the national roster with the sixth-best seed time in the 500 free (4:28.45).
In addition, KC sophomores making the trip to Texas include Weston Carpenter (Lafayette, CA/Acalanes), AJ Reid (North Bay Village, FL/Design & Architecture) and Robert Williams (Gambier, OH/Mount Vernon), while the two remaining slots are made of the freshmen duo of Kieran Allsop (Eastleigh, England/King Edward V1 School) and Ben Baturka (Drexel Hill, PA/Episcopal Acad.).