Denison falls to Eastern Michigan; Tops Wittenberg

Jan 10, 2014

The Big Red squad divided into two groups for their first competition since the midseason meet. One half of the athletes stayed at home for a dual meet with Eastern Michigan University while the other half made the trek to Springfield, OH for a meet with NCAC competitors, Wittenberg. In both the men’s and women’s meets, Division I EMU toppled the Big Red; against the Tigers, Big Red was victorious.

EMU outscored the Big Red women 181-118. However, that didn’t stop Carolyn Kane of Denison from scoring three victories and breaking a pool record. She claimed the 50 freestyle in a record 23.93 and 100 freestyle (52.88) and took first in the 400 freestyle relay with teammates Ashley Yearwood, Tully Bradford and Molly Willingham (3:32.28). That 50 freestyle Yearwood and Willingham went on to post runner up finishes through the night: Yearwood was second in the 100 (53.79) and 50 freestyles (24.24). Willingham took second in the 200 back in 2:08.57.

The only other victories of the night came courtesy of the distance freestyle events. Campbell Costley and Taylor Johns  switched off victories, with Costley laying claim to the 500 (5:02.66) with Johns in second (5:03.17). Johns took the win in the 1000 (10:17.89) with Costley as the runner up (10:24.25).

Other top finishers of the night included Michelle Howell‘s third place 2:12.55 in the 200 IM, Natalie Lugg‘s third place 100 breaststroke (1:07.28) and Libby Dalziel‘s third place 100 backstroke (1:01.09).

The partial squad in Springfield racing with Wittenberg enjoyed a 157-73 victory over the Tigers the same night. The Big Red came away with six athletes victorious in two events, as well as winning both relays.

The 200 medley relay went to DU in a time of 1:54.30. The foursome of the squad – Alexandria Nickles, Andi Scarcello, Mary Van Leuven and Rima Jurjus – each also took second wins later that night. Scarcello, Van Leuven and Jurjus had individual event wins: Scarcello in the 200 IM (2:18.90), Van Leuven in the 200 freestyle (1:57.53) and Jurjus in the 50 freestyle (25.43). Nickles teamed up with Allie Bacon, Mary Cullen and Madison Taylor for a 200 freestyle relay victory in 1:46.89. Cullen and Taylor were the other two double winners for the Big Red, posting victories in the 100 freestyle (10:56.86) and 500 freestyle (5:22.94), respectively.

On the men’s side, DU ended the meet against EMU in second, 184-116. The men posted six event wins, but it just wasn’t enough to defeat the DI team. Connor Dignan paved the way for the Big Red with two wins – one on one meter (299.25) and on three meter (307.95). Ben Lewis was second on three meter, posting a score of 252.75.

In the water, Spencer Fronk paced DU, posting a win in the 100 freestyle (46.49) and a runner up finish in the 100 backstroke as well as swimming legs on the runner up 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Joining Fronk in the individual victories was Ryan Fleming who took the 50 in 21.26. Teammate Conrad Wuorinen was third (21.41).

Damon Rosenburg claimed a first in the 100 breaststroke (56.97) and took third in the 200 breaststroke (2:10.55). Jackson Humphrey went for a 1-2-3, taking first in the 200 IM (1:55.40), second in the 200 backstroke (1:52.92) and third in the 200 butterfly (1:54.26).

Other top finishers included Andrew Rich who was third in the 100 fly (50.63), Carlos Maciel who was third in the 200 freestyle (1:42.98) and Al Weik who took third in the 1000 (9:43.88).

In Springfield, the Big Red Squad defeated the Wittenberg Tigers 188-53. Cam Clerici led the Big Red with three event wins. He took the 50 and 100 freestyles in 22.43 and 49.13, respectively, as well as swimming a leg on the winning 200 freestyle relay. Patrick Lombardi, Jesse Smith and Ryan Strother joined Clerici for a time of 1:30.47.

Joe Brunk, Sam Strosnider, Nathan Thorne, Cam Young and Max Levy joined Clerici in the multiple event wins. Lombardi swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay, joined by Henry Homans, Brunk and Strosnider to touch in 1:54.20. Brunk and Strosnider also claimed victories individually in the 200 IM (1:58.36) and 200 butterfly (1:59.20) respectively.

Thorne won the 1000 freestyle (9:55.70) and the 200 backstroke (1:58.98). Young claimed the 200 freestyle (1:46.29) and 500 freestyle (4:56.31). Levy swept the diving events, scoring 316.65 on one meter and 343.10 on three meter. The final event victory for DU was the 2:13.50, good for a victory in the 200 breaststroke by Gus Evans.

For complete meet results, click here for DU v EMU and here for DU v Witt.


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