Denison Men Win 12th NCAC Swim & Dive Crown

Denison Men Win 12th NCAC Swim & Dive Crown

2019 All-NCAC Men's Performers

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Denison men won their 11th-consecutive league title as competition wrapped up on Saturday night at the 2019 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University.

The Big Red men, who captured the team title with 1,851 points, logged 26 All-NCAC finishes in the 21 events contested and collected eight NCAC titles over the four-day meet. Kenyon finished second overall with 1,829.5 points after winning 12 events and posting 29 All-NCAC performances, while DePauw checked in at third for the eighth year in a row with 1,123 points and one event win. Wabash finished fourth overall with 1,093.5 points, followed by Wooster (1,013), Ohio Wesleyan (780), Allegheny (720), Oberlin (457), Wittenberg (449) and Hiram (195). 

Kenyon sophomore David Fitch (Conway, MA/Williston Northampton) was named the NCAC Men's Swimmer of the Year after winning two individual event titles and swimming on four winning relays. He and his teammates opened Thursday night's action by posting an NCAA "B" cut in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:21.13 and ended the evening with a win in the 400 medley relay while also notching another "B" cut (3:16.06). On Friday, the Lords took second in the 200 medley relay with a "B" cut (2:59.54). Fitch also collected "B" cut wins in both the 100 butterfly (48.60) and 100 backstroke (47.89). The sophomore ended the 2019 championship as part of a second-place finish in the 400 free relay with a "B" cut time of 2:59.54.

Wabash senior Aaron Embree (Springville, IN/Bedford North Lawrence) claimed the NCAC Men's Diver of the Year award after winning the three-meter event at the 2019 NCAC Championships with a regional-qualifying score of 455.55. He kicked off the meet on Thursday night by finishing third in the one-meter competition with 396.60 points.

In addition, Kenyon freshman Joseph Black (Kingston, Jamaica/The Peddie School) earned the 2019 NCAC Men's Newcomer of the Year honors after winning one individual event and swimming a leg on two of the Lords' winning relay teams. Black and his teammates claimed the 400 medley relay title in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:16.06 to close out Thursday's events. The Lords then placed second and earned a "B" cut time in the 200 medley relay (1:28.19) to open Friday's finals events. In the 200 free relay, he and his teammates recorded a winning "B" cut time of 1:21.13, before Black ended his night with a second-place "B" cut finish in the 100 breaststroke (55.68). On the final night of competition, the first-year earned his first individual NCAC title in the 100 free with an NCAA "B" cut time of 44.62. Black ended the meet swimming the first leg of the second-place 400 free relay with a 2:59.54 "B" cut time.

 

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David Fitch, Kenyon Aaron Embree, Wabash Joseph Black, Kenyon