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Lucas Conrads, Tyler Distenfeld and Elijah Venos are current high school seniors who have committed to swim for Denison University beginning in fall 2021. They will be joining the Big Red’s class of 2025.
Lucas Conrads is from Naperville, Illinois and is a current swimmer for Fox Valley Swim Team along with swimming for Waubonsie Valley High School.
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I am very delighted to announce my commitment to continue my academics and athletics at Denison University! I would like to give a tremendous thank you to my parents, friends, and coaches for assisting me through everything along this journey. Im excited to be apart of such an amazing team!! #gobigred !!!
At the 2020 IL Swimming Senior Championships, Conrads placed was the champion in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:21.58. He was also the 200 freestyle champion (1:41.61) at the IHSA Boys Sectional Championships – Metea Valley. He is also a Junior National qualifier.
“I am very delighted to announce my commitment to continue my academics and athletics at Denison University! I would like to give a tremendous thank you to my parents, friends, and coaches for assisting me through everything along this journey. Im excited to be apart of such an amazing team!! #gobigred!!!”
With his current best times, Conrads would have had multiple finals performances with Denison at the NCAC Championships. Most notably, he would have placed 3rd in the 500 freestyle (4:28.46), 5th in both the 200 backstroke (1:51.75) and 1650 freestyle (15:40.31), 6th in the 200 freestyle (1:40.80) and 7th in the 400 IM (3:59.55).
Top SCY Times
- 200 freestyle – 1:40.80
- 500 freestyle – 4:28.46
- 1,000 freestyle – 9:21.58
- 1650 freestyle – 15:40.31
- 200 backstroke – 1:51.75
- 200 IM – 1:52.69
- 400 IM – 3:59.55
Distenfeld is a current swimmer for the West Shore YMCA Ducks in Mechanisburg, PA. He also swims for his high school at Cumberland Valley.
At the 2020 YMCA PA Central District Swimming Championships, Distenfeld placed 4th in the 100 backstroke (54.01). He also placed 5th in the 500 freestyle (4:39.23) at the PIAA District 03 Boys AAA Championships.
“I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Denison University! I chose Denison due to their outstanding academic programs, their incredible swim team, and the beautiful campus. I would like to thank my parents, friends, and coaches for everything that they have done for me. #gobigred”
At the 2020 NCAC Championships with Big Red, Distenfeld would have placed 8th in the 200 freestyle (1:42.69) and 13th in the 500 freestyle (4:36.63) with his current best times.
- 200 freestyle – 1:42.69
- 500 freestyle – 4:36.63
- 1,000 freestyle – 9:43.13
Venos attends and swims for Brother Rice High School along with swimming for the Atlantis Swimming – BBA. At the 2020 Catholic League Championships, Venos won the 200 freestyle and placed 3rd in the 100 freestyle. He is also a Junior National qualifier.
“I am excited to announce my commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at Denison University. I chose Denison because of their outstanding academic programs and their exceptional swimming team. I would like to thank my parents and all my coaches that have helped me on this journey. #gobigred!”
Earlier this year at the NCAC Championships with Denison, Venos would have placed 9th in the 200 freestyle (1:42.74), 10th in the 100 breaststroke (57.75) and 12th in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.71) with his current best times.
- 200 freestyle – 1:42.74
- 500 freestyle – 4:48.48
- 100 breaststroke – 57.75
- 200 breaststroke – 2:09.71
At the NCAC Championships this year, the Big Red placed 2nd as a team. Forty team members were named as CSCAA All-Americans and team member Bebe Wang given Academic All-America team member of the year honors.
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