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Denison, Kenyon Continue to Lead NCAC's

The Kenyon College ladies and the Denison University men hold the top spots in their respective leader boards following day three of competition at the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships. The Big Red men won four events on the evening to stand atop the standings with 1,460 points, while the KC Ladies have accumulated 1,234  points after winning five events on Friday night.

On the men's side, Kenyon sits in second with 1,305 points, followed by DePauw (792.5), Wabash (625), Oberlin (474), Ohio Wesleyan (455.5), Wittenberg (442), Wooster (316), Allegheny (312) and Hiram (147). The Denison women maintained second-place with 1,208 points, followed by DePauw (739), Wooster (582), Wittenberg (557), Oberlin (507), Allegheny (444), Ohio Wesleyan (313) and Hiram (163).

The Denison men opened night two strong by earning the title in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:30.17. The Kenyon men dominated in the 400 individual medley, sweeping places one through three, led by senior Andrew Chavalier (Golden, CO/Home Schooled) who topped his own NCAC record in the event with a winning time of 3:54.18. KC remained atop the podium in the 100 butterfly as sophomore Christian Josephson (Lebanon, OH/Archbishop Moeller) reached the wall first with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 48.62. Denison senior Carlos Maciel (Recife, Brazil/Colegio Marista Sao Luis), the winner of last night's 200 individual medley, earned his second individual event championship of the meet in the 200 freestyle with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:38.43. DU kept its momentum going in the men's 100 breaststroke as junior Damon Rosenburg (Leesburg, VA/Heritage) won his third-straight league title in the event with an NCAC-record time of 54.66, eclipsing his own record of 55.29 set in 2013. The Lords earned their second individual title of the evening in the 100 back with junior Harrison Curley (Orlando, FL/Winter Park) reaching the wall first with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 49.14. In the final men's event of the night, the Big Red took the top six places in the men's one-meter diving competition, led by junior Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AR/Desert Vista) who completed the sweep of the diving 2014 events by breaking the NCAA Div. III record with an 11-dive score of 578.70. Kenyon topped the field in the final men's event of the night with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 6:39.94 in the men's 800 freestyle relay.

In the women's competition, Kenyon added to its lead in Friday night's first event by touching the wall first in the 200 medley relay with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:41.93. The women's 400 individual medley saw Denison junior Michelle Howell (Albuquerque, NM/Albuquerque Acad.) defend her conference title in the event after reaching the wall first in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 4:24.00. Wooster earned its first women's individual championship at the conference meet since 2005 with freshman Courtney McGovern (Gainesville, FL/Sabastian River) earning the 2014 league title in the 100 butterfly with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 56.36. The KC Ladies got back atop the podium in the women's 200 freestyle as senior Hillary Yarosh (West Chester, PA/Unionville) topped the championship field with an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:49.62. Kenyon captured its third event victory of the night in the 100  breast with sophomore Katie Kaestner (Anacortes, WA/Anacortes) reaching the wall first in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:03.22. The Ladies also topped the championship field in the 100 back as junior Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) won her third-straight NCAC title in the event with a winning NCAA 'B' cut time of 55.35. The KC Ladies capped off night three by winning the 800 freestyle relay in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 7:27.66.

The 2014 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue tomorrow evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.