Denison Men Upset Xavier; Musketeer Women Edge Out Big Red

Xavier at Denison

  • Men: Denison def. Xavier 176-86; Women: Xavier def. Denison 140-122
  • Results
  • Granville, Ohio
  • Nov. 3, 2018

Courtesy: Xavier Athletics

GRANVILLE, Ohio –  Xavier swimming collected 10 event wins against one of the top Division III programs in the nation on Saturday, with the Xavier women topping Denison, while the men fell to the Big Red, the defending DIII national champions.

Women’s Notables

  • Xavier’s women opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay for Ali Fort, Lydia Schaeffer, Caroline Gaertner and Emily Conners.
  • Emma Kauffeld led Xavier with third-place finish in the 1000 free. Tilly Baldwin (10:37.37) and Katie Kerr (10:59.61) took fourth and fifth, respectively, with season-best times.
  • Emily Conners won the first of three events on the day in the 200 free. Emily Saugstad took second with a season-best time of 1:55.83.
  • Caroline Gaertner took the first of two first-place finishes in the 100 back. Ali Fort finished third.
  • Lydia Schaeffer finished fourth in the 100 breast to lead Xavier
    Taylor led Xavier with a season-best time in the 200 fly with a time of 2:03.49, the best time by Musketeer this season, to take first.
  • Emily Conners again swept the freestyle sprints for the Musketeers. Tianna Vozar placed second in the 50 free, while Emily Saugstad placed second in the 100 free with a season-best time.
  • Taylor Hogan also took the top spot in the 200 back with a time of 2:04.66, the best time a Musketeer this season.
  • Lydia Schaeffer led Xavier in a second event, the 200 breast, with a second place finish. Kelly Harris finished third.
  • Emma Kauffeld led the Musketeers again in distance free, this time in the 500 free with a second-place finish. Tilly Baldwin and Katie Kerr set season-best times.
  • Caroline Gaertner collected a second win on the day, in the 100 fly, with a time of 56.31, the best by a Musketeer this season.
  • Alison Herman used a season-best time of 4:34.99 to place second in the 400 IM.
  • Xavier closed the meet with a second-place finish for Tianna Vozar, Emily Saugstad, Abigail Garner and Caroline Gaertner in the 400 free relay.
  • Xavier’s women took the win, 140-122, over the Big Red.

Men’s Notables

  • Xavier led off the meet with a season-best time in the 200 medley for Alex Sironen, Matthew Dyer, Brandon Abboud and Ben Quon to place second.
  • Nick Mahoney led Xavier in the 1000 free, placing third with a time of 9:50.88, the best time by a Musketeer this season.
  • Ben Quon set the best time by a Musketeer this season in the 200 free, 1:43.16, to take second.
  • Alex Sironen took first in the 100 back with a time of 51.49, the best time by a Musketeer this season. Nathan Runyon took third with a season-best time of 53.32.
  • Matthew Dyer led Xavier in the 100 breast with a second-place finish.
  • Landon Clark led Xavier with a third place finish in the 200 fly.
    Matthew Geraghty‘s season-best time of 21.72 led Xavier to a third place finish in the 50 free.
  • Enrique Hernandez used a time of 47.10 to lead Xavier in the 100 free with a second-place finish, a time that’s the fastest by a Musketeer so far this season in non-relay races. Sam Johanns finished third with a season-best time of 47.25.
  • Nathan Runyon set the best time by a Musketeer in the 200 back, 1:53.25, to place third. Ben Quon set a season-best time of 1:53.43 to finish fourth.
  • Matthew Dyer took the win in the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.84.
  • Patrick Hackett set a season-best time of 4:46.96 in the 500 free to lead the Musketeers, taking third.
  • Brandon Abboud’s time of 51.12 was the fastest time by a Musketeer so far this season, taking third.
  • Chase Baldwin led Xavier in the 400 IM with a time of 4:15.16.
  • Xavier closed the meet with a season-best time of 3:06.30 in the 400 free relay for Brandon Abboud, Sam Johanns, Ben Quon and Enrique Hernandez to place second. Abboud’s split time of 46.72 is the fastest 100 free by a Musketeer this season.
  • Xavier fell, 176-86.

Up Next

Xavier takes next weekend off from outside competition before traveling back to Cleveland State for the CSU Magnus Cup, which runs from Friday, Nov. 16 to Sunday, Nov. 18.

Courtesy: Denison Athletics

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Led by 12 event victories on the day and three individual wins from senior Matt Hedman, Denison men’s swimming & diving secured a 176-86 defeated of Xavier University on Saturday afternoon at the Trumbull Aquatic Center in Granville.

The Big Red combined for 10 different individual victories against the Musketeers, earning their third-straight over the D-I opponent. Hedman highlighted Denison’s charge in the individual events, leading the Big Red to wins in the 1,000 free (9:28.22), 500 free (4:36.82), and 400 IM (4:04.73).

The Big Red also earned the second-place finisher in each of those each with James Baker clocking in with a PR time at 9:50.48 in the 1,000, Dayen Wilson coming in at 4:43.42 in the 500, and sophomore John Stauffer finishing less than two seconds behind Hedman in the 400 IM at 4:06.65.

Totaling four overall victories on the day, sophomore Drake Horton won the 200 free in 1:42.47, and also claimed an individual win in the 100 free, logging a time of 46.95. He then joined Carson Clear, Tiernan Foster-Smith, and Kenny Fox in the 200 medley relay to win the event in 1:32.84.

Horton and Fox also teamed up with Matt McHugh and Bebe Wang to win the 400 free relay after clocking in at 3:06.00.

Wang went on to win the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.71, and placed second 100 backstroke with a 52.01.

Foster-Smith also captured an individual victory in the 100 breaststroke (57.06) and finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.66) to second-place Ryan Stevenson who clocked in at 2:09.14.

Two of Denison’s remaining two victories came from junior Kymani Senior who won the 50 free in 21.02 and then secured the 100 butterfly in 50.51. Placing second to Senior in the 100 with a time of 50.59, freshman Noah Houskeeper tallied a win first-place finish in the 200 butterfly (1:51.80), edging Mitch Williams by .23 seconds in second place.

The Denison women suffered a 140-122 loss to Xavier University on Saturday afternoon at the Trumbull Aquatic Center in Granville, Ohio.

Totaling six event victories on the day and two ‘B’ cut times, the Big Red were led by junior All-America KT Kustritz who secured a pair of wins in the 100, logging a time of 1:02.19, and the 200 breaststroke (2:19.68). It was a repeat of the night before when Kustritz won both the 100 and 200 breaststroke in a tri-meet with Division I’s Ohio State and Akron. Both marks also qualified as provisional qualifying times.

She then joined Casey Kirby, Maddie Hopkins and Michaela Morrison to win the 400 free relay, clocking in with a final time of 3:29.80.

Hopkins went on to lead DU in the 50 free with a third-place finish and a time of 24.29, and then in the 100 fly in second place at 56.81. Morrison also logged a third-place finish in the 100 free (53.62) and landed in fifth place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.17.

First-year Grace Kacmarek earned three, top-five finishes on Saturday, highlighted by an individual victory in the 1,000 free, clocking in at 10:33.46. She was followed by Natalie Zaravella in second place (10:34.99) and Megan Balbo in sixth place (11:00.48). Kacmarek also landed behind Erica Hsu (2nd – 2:07.70) and Bridget Horton (4th – 2:08.54) in fifth place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:08.88, and then placed fourth in the 400 IM (4:38.38) behind Zaravella who won the event in 4:34.59.

Denison’s final individual victory of the day went to junior Hannah Rusinko who placed first overall in the 500 free, checking in at 5:09.30. She then led DU in the 200 free in third place with a time of 1:57.15. Logan Wickman followed in fourth place (1:57.67), and freshman Sophia Gaguzis in fifth (1:57.79).

Zoe Whelan placed second overall in the 200 fly with a time of 2:07.21. Kirby also earned a second place nod in the 100 backstroke after logging a 58.24.

Whelan, Hsu, Kate Mesaros, and Olivia Lantry tallied Denison’s final second-place finish of the competition in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.61.

Due to Xavier not having a diving program, diving was not apart of today’s meet.

DU will return to the Trumbull Aquatic Center next Saturday, November 10 when they host NCAC-rival Kenyon College at 10 a.m.

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4 years ago

I really wouldn’t call Denison beating Xavier an upset. Other than scholarships for athletics, Denison functions like a quality Division I program in many ways. They are also very deep, well coached and they swim fast. Simply because a Division III school beats a Division I school, it doesn’t mean it is an upset.