The NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships return to the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, for the seventh year in a row. The nation's top Division III conference meet begins on Wednesday, February 12, and runs through Saturday, February 15.
The Denison men's team is the 11-time defending champions, while the Kenyon women's team earned the top spot the last two seasons. The Big Red men are the only team to defeat the Kenyon men at the NCAC meet, claiming titles in 1997, and from 2009-2019. The Denison women snapped the Ladies' 19-year hold on the league crown in 2004, with KC regaining control of the title from 2005-08. DU then reeled off seven-straight championships from 2009-15, with the KC women regaining the crown in 2016 and the Big Red taking it back in 2017. The Ladies then took home the NCAC title in both 2018 and 2019. Overall, Kenyon has won 26 of the 35 NCAC titles contested in women's competition and 23 total titles on the men's side.
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.
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|Men's Year-by-Year Event Winners||Women's Year-by-Year Event Winners|
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|2020 STANDINGS (Final Standings)|
2020 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships Preview
Defending NCAC champion DENISON enters the 2020 NCAC Swimming and Diving Championship riding a streak of 11 titles and currently sits tied at No. 2 in the CSCAA Division III national rankings. The Big Red have the top time in nine of this year's scheduled events, including senior Bebe Wang (Naperville, IL/Metea Valley), who owns three of the conference's top times in the 200 free (1:37.50), 200 back (1:46.13) and 200 IM (1:47:45). Also posting top NCAC times this season are seniors Kymani Senior (Bronx, NY/Woodlands) in the 50 free (20.17) and James Baker (Honeoye Falls, NY/Honeoye Falls-Lima) in the 1,650 free (15:32.34), sophomore Richie Kurlich (Kent, OH/Walsh Jesuit) in the 200 breast (1:58.90) and junior John Stauffer (Princeton, NJ/Montgomery) in the 400 IM (3:54.16). The Big Red also own top times in the 200 (1:20.17) and 800 (6:35.68) free relays.
KENYON heads into the conference championship as the No. 1 team in the CSCAA Division III national rankings. The Lords own 23 conference titles, the last coming in 2007-08. Junior David Fitch (Conway, MA/Williston Northampton) owns the conference's top times this season in the 100 (47.79) and 200 (1:46.26) fly events, as well as the 100 back (47.68). Sophomore Luis Weekes (St. Thomas, Barbados/Baylor School) earned the top NCAC time this season in the 100 breast (54.87), while classmate Joe Black (Kingston, Jamaica/The Peddie School) owns the conference's best time in the 100 free (44.46). Senior Connor Rumpit (Brookfield, WI/Brookfield Central) also holds the conference's top times in the 500 free (4:26.11). In the relay events, the Lords have the top 400 (2:58.39) free relay time, as well as the best 200 (1:27.65) and 400 medley relay marks (3:16.20).
DEPAUW looks for its ninth-consecutive top-three finish in this year's NCAC Championship. The Tigers have three athletes among the top-15 in the 1,650 free, including senior Charles Stewart-Bates (Moreland Hills, OH/University School), who owns the ninth-quickest time (16:22.04), sophomore Jack Christie (Overland Park, KS/Blue Valley Northwest), who owns the 12th-quickest time (16:36.76) and sophomore Tommy Hackley (Wilmette, IL/New Trier), who enters the conference meet with the 15th-fastest time (16:53.33). Junior Ian Longan (Leawood, KS/Shawnee Mission East) also owns a top-15 conference time in the 100 fly (50.14) and a top-20 time in the 200 fly (1:54.19). Other contenders to watch include senior Will Serf (Plymouth, IN/Bremen), junior Jake French (Springfield, IL/Springfield), and sophomores Seth Fagen (Grand Rapids, MI/Forest Hills Northern) and Ben Hilfinger (Beverly Hills, MI/Detroit Country Day).
WABASH looks for another top-five finish in this year's NCAC Championship, never finishing lower than that since joining the league in 1999-2000. Junior Jan Dziadek (Warsaw, Poland) boasts the conference's top time this season in the 100 IM (51.48) and the eighth-best time in the 100 back (50.67), while junior Wesley Slaughter (Chesterton, IN/Chesterton) owns three of the conference's top-10 times, including the 50 (20.60) and 100 (45.31) frees and the 100 breast (56.83). Junior Hunter Jones (Champaign, IL/Central) has excelled in the breaststroke events this season, notching the 11th-best conference time in the 100 (57.86) and the eighth-best time in the 200 (2:06.21). Freshman Jacob Penrose (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence North) owns the 17th-best time this season in the 1,650 free (17:05.38), while sophomore Ryan Sacco (Crawfordsville, IN/Southmont) holds the 19th-best time in the same event (17:12.73). Junior Benjamin Klimczak (La Porte, IN/La Porte) also has an NCAC top-15 time in the 200 back (1:54.28). Other contenders to watch include senior Kevin Sheridan (Clawson MI/University of Detroit Jesuit) and sophomore Daren Glore (Indianapolis, IN/North Central).
WOOSTER is looking to finish in the top half of the NCAC standings for the fifth-straight season. The Fighting Scots will lean on a host of veterans who have been to the conference championship before. Senior Trey Schopen (McHenry, IL/McHenry Community) has shown quickness in the water, tallying a trio of top-20 times this season in the 100 (50.47) and 200 (1:52.45) fly events, as well as the 100 back (52.33). Junior Josh Gluck (Bay Village, OH/St. Edward) also looks to provide a punch in the 100 (51.28) and 200 (1:52.07) back events, posting top-15 conference times in each event this season. Other competitors to watch include junior Craig Klumpp (Delaware, OH/Rutherford B. Hayes) and sophomore Sam Muse (Hamilton, OH/Edgewood).
OHIO WESLEYAN will rely on numerous upperclassmen at this year's conference championship. Senior Colin Hawes (Delaware, OH/St. Charles) has a top-20 conference time this season in the 1,650 free (16:58.40), while junior Liam Dooley (Castle Rock, CO/Valor Christian) boasts the 13th-best time in the 500 free (4:42.92). Senior Aman Ngqakayi (Yellow Springs, OH/Yellow Springs) has swam well in the breaststrokes, posting a top-15 time in the 100 (58.12) and a top-30 time in the 200 (2:14.95). Other potential Battling Bishop contenders include senior Iain Anderson (Monterey, CA/Home) and freshman Owen Kennedy (Columbus, OH/Bishop Hartley).
ALLEGHENY enters the NCAC Championship with a bit of momentum after winning back-to-back meets, including team victories over Wooster (147-144) and Ohio Wesleyan (167-112) on Jan. 18, followed by Fredonia (149-73) on Jan. 25. Senior Justin Katchur (Irwin, PA/Hempfield) has excelled in the water, posting the seventh-fastest time in the 100 breast (57.11) and the 12th-quickest time in the 200 breast (2:07.59). Junior Logan Indest (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) collected a top-15 NCAC time this season in the 1,650 free (16:46.87), while sophomore Dalton Lodzins (Eagle River, AK/Chugiak) earned a top-10 time in the 100 IM (54.56). Other strong finishes could come from seniors Karl Stuntzner-Gibson (Portland, OR/North Bend) and Rayshon Knight (Cleveland Heights, OH/Cleveland Heights).
OBERLIN enters the 2020 NCAC Championship with a cast including sophomore Richard Ellis (Lander, WY/Lander Valley) who owns a top-25 conference time in the 1,650 free (18:03.60). Sophomore Jonathan Hupfield (Carlsbad, CA/Carlsbad) has a top-20 time in the 200 breast (2:11.27) and a top-25 time in the 100 IM (56.77). Other contenders to watch include seniors Matthew Berry (Winston-Salem, NC/Mount Tabor) and Zachary Bergman (Sugarland, TX/H.S. For Performing and Visual Arts) and sophomore Daniel Felley (La Grande, OR/La Grande).
WITTENBERG will rely on strong finishes from its underclassmen, including sophomore Anthony Petruzzi (Medina, OH/Medina), who owns the conference's 22nd-quickest 1,650 free time (17:44.70) this season. Senior Bradley Barren (West Chester, OH/Lakota East) will provide scoring opportunities as he owns the Tigers' best 50 (21.85) and 100 (48.31) freestyle times this season. Other strong finishes could come from senior Nick Angeli (Helena, MO/Helena) and freshmen Jacob Durmis (Corry, PA/Mercyhurst Prep) and Sam Dudley (Medina, OH/St. Edward).
HIRAM will have one competitor at the NCAC Championship in sophomore Devin Gear (Ravenna, OH/Southeast). Gear is a sprints specialist, who enters the conference meet having just produced three of his fastest times of the year in his latest meet on Feb. 1 against Oberlin. Gear swam season-bests in the 50 free (24.65), 50 back (29.50) and 100 IM (1:04.31).
Defending NCAC champion KENYON heads into the 2020 NCAC Championship ranked No. 3 in the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III national rankings. The Ladies look to defend their back-to-back titles, and earn their possible 27th crown, with a roster loaded with conference-best times this season including six from junior Crile Hart (Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken School). Hart is the defending NCAC champion in the 100 backstroke, 200 butterfly and was part of the winning 200 medley relay. She currently holds the conference's top times this season in the 100 backstroke (54.18), 200 back (1:58.94), 100 butterfly (54.31), 50 (22.88) and 100 freestyles (50.08) and the 200 IM (1:59.56). Junior Emmie Mirus (Madison, WI/West) holds the conference's second-best 50-free time, clocking in at a season-best time of 23.21. Ania Axas (Ludlow, MA/Wilbraham & Monson Academy) recorded the conference's second-fastest time in the 200 fly (2:04.29) and the sixth-fastest time in the 100 fly (56.60). The freshman also owns the fifth-quickest time in the 400 IM (4:28.88).
DENISON enters the conference meet ranked No. 1 in the CSCAA Division III national rankings. The Big Red last won the NCAC championship in the 2016-17 season and own nine titles overall. The team is led by senior KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/St. Paul College), who is a 16-time NCAC champion and five-time national champion, twice each in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events as well as the 200 medley relay. She enters this season's conference meet with the league's top times in the 100 (1:01.27) and 200 (2:16.12) breaststroke events along with the 100 IM (58.40). She also has the conference's second-best time in the 200 IM (1:59.96). Senior Natalie Zaravella (Victor, NY/Victor) is again a contender in the 400 IM, after winning back-to-back NCAC titles and is heading into this year's meet with the conference's fastest time (4:22.57). She also holds the NCAC's quickest time so far this season in the 200 fly (2:03.43). Freshman Tara Culibrk (Krusevac, Serbia/International School of Savremena) has broken onto the scene with a pair of conference-best times in the 200 free (1:49.55) and 500 free (4:56.35). Senior Caroline Colville (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Academy) owns the fastest time in the 1,650 free, clocking in at a season-best time of 17:16.04, over two seconds quicker than the next-best time. The Big Red also boast this season's quickest teams in the 200 (1:31.69), 400 (3:22.06) and 800 (7:28.79) free relays as well as the 200 (1:40.61) and 400 (3:43.13) medley relays.
DEPAUW looks for another top-three finish in this year's standings. Freshman Emily Thompson (Fort Washington, PA/Germantown Academy) has been strong in her rookie campaign, notching the fifth-fastest conference time in the 500 free (5:01.69) and the 18th-quickest 200 free time (1:57.03) this season. Junior Ali Tallen (Mound, MN/Orono) owns the seventh-fastest 100 back time (58.29) while sophomore Samantha Waples (Carmel, IN/Carmel) also owns a top-10 conference time in the 50 free (2:09.72). Junior Katherine Douglas (Coal Valley, IL/Moline Sr.) is also a contender in diving after multiple meet victories this season on the one-meter board.
WOOSTER is aiming for its fifth-straight top-four finish at the NCAC Championship. Senior Nell Kacmarek (Dexter, MI/Dexter) owns the ninth-fastest 1,650 free (18:02.13) in the NCAC, while freshman Kay Wetmore (Bethlehem, PA/Liberty) has the 11th-fastest time (18:09.55). Sophomore Molly Likins (Saint Clair, MI/Saint Clair) has produced the sixth-fastest time in the 200 breast (2:21:27) and the seventh-fastest time this season in the 100 breast (1:04.00). Juniors Kate Murphy (Whitefish Bay, WI/Whitefish Bay) and Hannah Langer (Prides Crossing, MA/Northfield Mount Herman) look to have strong backstroke performances at the championship. Both Murphy and Langer produced times that rank among the NCAC's top-20 in the 100 and 200 back events this season. Other contenders to keep an eye on include juniors Brooke Brown (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and Madison Whitman (Wooster, OH/Wooster).
ALLEGHENY is coming off consecutive fifth-place finishes at the NCAC Championship, its best performances since finishing third during the 2010-11 campaign. The Gators enter the 2020 meet with the potential for another strong showing. Sophomore Sadie Brown (Portland, OR/Pacific Crest Community) owns the 13th-fastest conference time this season in the 50 free (24.16) and 17th-quickest time in the 100 fly (58.70) while senior Madeline Janvrin (Woodridge, IL/Naperville) owns the NCAC's 12th-fastest time in the 200 back (2:08.68) and 16th-quickest time in the 100 back (59.53). Junior Emily Schaefer (Pittsburgh, PA/Shaler Area) ranks 14th among conference athletes in the 400 IM, with a top time of 4:48.13 this season. Freshman Hannah Tonsmann (Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge) also posted a season-best time of 18:27.53 in the 1,650 free, which ranks her 15th among NCAC athletes this winter.
OHIO WESLEYAN will rely on a mix of experience including contributions from senior Tyler Mansfield (Columbus, OH/Bexley), who is credited with the Battling Bishops' top times this season in the 50 (24.61), 100 (53.70), 200 (2:01.52) and 1,650 (20:20.41) freestyle events as well as the 100 fly (58.90). Sophomore Katie Rozsa (Silver Lake, OH/Cuyahoga Falls) looks to anchor the 100 (58.41) and 200 (2:07.82) backstroke events, posting the ninth and 11th-fastest times, respectively, among conference athletes this season. Freshman Evelyn VanderVelde (Holland, MI/Holland) has been reliable in her rookie campaign, posting top-team times this season in the 200 IM (2:15.79), 400 IM (4:48.73), 500 free (5:38.69) and the 100 breast (1:09.17). Other strong Bishop finishes could come from sophomore Meredith Richters (Troy, OH/Miami East) and senior Liz Mayio (Bethesda, MD/The Siena School).
OBERLIN features one senior who will be making her last NCAC Championship appearance. Sarah Dalgleish (Boulder, CO/Fairview) leads a young Yeowomen squad which also includes sophomore swimmer Kathryn Raphaely (Bryn Mawr, PA/Friends Central), who has impressed this season with a top-25 time in the 100 breast (1:10.48) and a top-35 time in the 200 breast (2:39.93). Sophomore Molly Marshall (Reno, NV/Reno) also owns the conference's 24th-best time in the 400 IM (4:59.02). Other contenders to watch include sophomores Caitlin Dawson (Hagerstown, MD/Mercersburg Academy) and Rachel Maxwell (Burlingame, CA/Burlingame), along with junior Ellisa Lang (Honolulu, HI/Punahou).
WITTENBERG seniors Marita Banta-Long (Porter, IN/Chesterton) and Claire Bergefurd (Hilliard, OH/Darby) enter their final NCAC Championship for the Tigers. Banta-Long has logged a top-30 conference time this season in the 200 IM (2:16.79), while sophomore Abigail Dunasky (Dublin, OH/Upper Arlington) owns a top-30 time in the 1,650 free (19:38.24). Other potential contenders include sophomore Sophia Spriggs (Springfield, OH/Shawnee) and freshman Bridget Logan (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame).
HIRAM is led by a pair of seniors including Jenna Nelson (Bellevue, WA/Homeschool) and Jill Schmidt (Arcadia, CA/Monrovia). Nelson owns a handful of the Terriers' top times including the 17th-fastest conference time in the 200 breast (2:30.98) and the 20th-best time in the 400 IM (4:56.50). Sophomore Carlee Lisser (Medina, OH/Medina) will make her second conference championship appearance, while juniors Nicki Prentler (Jenison, MN/Jenison) and Angie Ross (Washington, PA/Home School) will be competing for the third time at the NCAC Championship.