Denison Men Win 10th-Straight NCAC Title

The Denison men won their 10th-straight NCAC Swimming 
& Diving title on Saturday night in Granville
The Denison men won their 10th-straight NCAC Swimming & Diving title on Saturday night in Granville

2018 All-NCAC Men's Performers

The Denison men won their 10th-straight league title as competition wrapped up on Saturday night at the 2018 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University. (VIDEO)

The Big Red men, who captured the team title with 1,908 points, won 17 out of the 21 events contested over the four-day meet and logged 16 additional All-NCAC finishes to top the team standings at the conference meet for the 10th year in a row. Kenyon finished second overall with 1,797.5 points after winning three events and posting 13 additional All-NCAC performances, while DePauw checked in at third for the seventh year in a row with 1,155 points after winning one event and adding seven more All-NCAC finishes. Wabash finished fourth overall with 1,154 points, followed by Wooster (872), Ohio Wesleyan (755), Allegheny (613), Oberlin (430), Wittenberg (418.5) and Hiram (234). 

On the men's side, Denison junior Matt Hedman (Anoka, MN/Anoka) was named the NCAC Men's Swimmer of the Year after winning two individual event titles and posting an All-NCAC finish in another. He opened Friday night's action by setting the conference record and posting an NCAA "B" cut in the 400 IM with a winning time of 3:54.00, before kicking off Saturday's final session with the win in the 1,650 freestyle with another NCAA "B" cut time of 15:27.93. Hedman also finished third overall on Thursday night in the 500 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:29.81. 

In the diving well, Kenyon junior Ryder Sammons (Kent, CT/Kent) became the first Lord diver to win the NCAC Men's Diver of the Year award since 1997 after he swept both boards at the 2018 NCAC Championships. He kicked off the meet on Wednesday night by finishing first in the three-meter competition with an NCAA regional-qualifying score of 456.30, before topping the field in the one-meter event on Friday night with another regional-qualifying score of 454.25.

In addition, Denison freshman Drake Horton (Madison, WI/James Madison Memorial) earned the 2018 NCAC Men's Newcomer of the Year Award after winning one individual event and swimming a leg on two Big Red winning relay teams. Horton earned his first-career individual event title on Thursday night in the 200 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:38.11, before finishing second in the 100 free on Saturday with a "B" cut time of 45.07. He swam a leg on the 800 free relay on Wednesday night that set the NCAC record with a winning time of 6:33.03, while also swimming the second leg on the winning 400 free relay team that wrapped up the meet on Saturday night with an NCAA "B" cut winning time of 2:58.89.

After leading DU to the men's title for the 10th year in a row, Gregg Parini was named the NCAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the third year in a row and the 10th time in his career, while Kenyon head coach Jess Book earned the 2018 NCAC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year award for the third time in his career.

Finally, Denison's Russ Bertram collected he NCAC Women's Diving Coach of the Year honor for the second year in a row, while Kenyon's Ron Kontura was named the Men's Diving Coach of the Year in his first season with the Lords.

MEN
Swimmer
of the Year

Diver
of the Year

Newcomer
of the Year
Swim
Coach of the Year

Diving
Coach of the Year

              
Matt Hedman, DEN  Ryder Sammons, KEN Drake Horton, DEN  Gregg Parini, DEN
Ron Kontura, KEN