Denison bested the Malone University Pioneers on both sides at Saturday’s meet at their home pool in Granville. The women touched first in every event, while the men beat their competition in all but two events. After the 100 butterfly, both genders were swimming exhibition to finish out the meet at 188-59 on the women’s side and 173-90 on the men’s.
Big Red senior Natalie Lugg and junior Molly Willingham marshaled their forces and led the way, each taking three victories against Malone. Teamed up with sophomore Ashley Yearwood and freshman Carolyn Kane, the duo helped to take the first event of the day, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:48.94. From that victory, it was wins, straight on through. Lugg swept the breaststroke events, taking the 100 in 1:08.17, and setting a new Trumbull Aquatic Center record in the 200 breaststroke at 2:25.93.
Willingham’s additional victories came in the 100 and 200 freestyle. She was 53.70 to take the 100 and stopped the clock at 1:57.18 to win the 200 by more than three seconds.
The 100 back and 50 freestyle went to Yearwood and Kane, respectively. Yearwood finished her race in 59.95 while Kane, the NCAC Swimmer of the Week, finished her 50 in 24.25.
On the boards, freshman Morgan Christman triumphed on one-meter with a score of 206.93. Classmate Carrie Bookheimer topped the scores on three-meter at 183.15.
The men’s team was led by senior Sean Chabot who captured three event wins. He began by taking the 200 medley relay with teammates Damon Rosenburg, Andrew Rich and Ryan Fleming in a time of 1:35.06. After that first taste of victory, Chabot also swept the backstroke events, winning in 52.39 in the 100 and 1:56.18 in the 200.
Rosenburg, Fleming and senior Carlos Maciel also were multiple event winners. After helping take gold in the 200 medley relay, they picked up victories in the 100 breast (57.59) and 50 freestyle (21.23), respectively. Maciel claimed his wins in the 100 and 200 freestyle, winning in both by over a second. He was 1:44.02 in his 200 and finished the 100 in 47.31.
On the boards, junior Connor Dorff and sophomore Ben Lewis competed with each other as the Pioneers brought no divers. Dorff triumphed on three-meter with 310.13 in six dives. Lewis edged him on the one-meter by three tenths of a point in 269.33.
The Big Red hits the pool again on Friday, November 1st at Ohio State University for a quad meet with the Division I Buckeyes, Virginia Tech and Cleveland State.
Complete meet results can be found here.