The North Coast Athletic Conference is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and in honor of the milestone, it announced its All-Decade team for the third decade of its existence, 2004-2013.
Denison is the most well-represented on the list, which features one athlete for each swimming and diving event. The Denison women comprise 7 of the 10 swimmers on the roster, and because several of those women were selected in more than one event, the crew accounts for 11 of the 15 events.
On the men’s side, 7 Denison swimmers account for 9 of the 15 events. 3 Kenyon men and 2 Kenyon women were also selected.
Olivia Zaleski, who last swam for Denison in 2010, was selected in the 50 free and 100 back – she was the conference swimmer of the year in both 2009 and 2010. Her classmate Samantha Salas was the selection in both diving events – she was diver of the year in 2008 and 2010.
The oldest swimmer on the roster is Beth Groselle, who swam for Hiram from 2004 to 2006, earning swimmer of the year honors and winning the conference title in the 200 IM in ’06.
Also honored was Kenyon’s 2013 grad and current SwimSwam contributor Hannah Saiz, who represents the 100 and 200 flys after earning swimmer of the year honors last spring.
For the men, Denison’s John Geissinger was honored for the 100 and 200 frees. The 2009 graduate won both events in a swimmer-of-the-year performance in ’09.
Kenyon’s men came from earlier in the decade. Josh Mitchell represents the 50 free after winning consecutive swimmer of the year titles in ’07 and ’08. The ’06 award-winner was Kenyon’s Andrejs Duda, who was named to the All-Decade team in the 200 IM and 200 fly.
2013 Denison grad Gabe Dixson represented both diving events after racking up 5 conference championships and two diver of the year awards over the past three years.
Other teams represented were DePauw (100 butterflyer Casey Hooker was one of just three still active collegiate swimmers on the roster) and Ohio Wesleyan (David Gatz in the 200 breast).
The full rosters are laid out below, or you can find them on the NCAC website here.
Men’s All-Decade Team
|Josh Mitchell, Kenyon||2005-08||50 Free|
|John Geissinger, Denison||2006-09||100 Free|
|John Geissinger, Denison||2006-09||200 Free|
|David Curtis, Denison||2006-09||500 Free|
|Al Weik, Denison||2011- Present||1,650 Free|
|Andrejs Duda, Kenyon||2004-06||200 IM|
|Andrew Chavalier, Kenyon||2011-13||400 IM|
|Casey Hooker, DePauw||2012- Present||100 Fly|
|Andrejs Duda, Kenyon||2004-06||200 Fly|
|Robert Barry, Denison||2009-12||100 Back|
|Quinn Bartlett, Denison||2010-13||200 Back|
|Damon Rosenburg, Denison||2012- Present||100 Breast|
|David Gatz, Ohio Wesleyan||2007-10||200 Breast|
|Gabe Dixson, Denison||2009-13||1-Meter Diving|
|Gabe Dixson, Denison||2009-13||3-Meter Diving|
Women’s All-Decade Team
|Olivia Zaleski, Denison||2007-10||50 Free|
|Kristen Hohl, Denison||2006-09||100 Free|
|Alyssa Swanson, Denison||2010-13||200 Free|
|Hillary Callen, Denison||2009-12||500 Free|
|Hillary Callen, Denison||2009-12||1,650 Free|
|Beth Groselle, Hiram||2004-06||200 IM|
|Emily Schroeder, Denison||2009-12||400 IM|
|Hannah Saiz, Kenyon||2010-13||100 Fly|
|Hannah Saiz, Kenyon||2010-13||200 Fly|
|Olivia Zaleski, Denison||2007-10||100 Back|
|Emily Schroeder, Denison||2009-12||200 Back|
|Ksenia Golovkina, Denison||2008-11||100 Breast|
|Jessica Connors, Kenyon||2007-07||200 Breast|
|Samantha Salas, Denison||2008-10||1-Meter Diving|
|Samantha Salas, Denison||2008-10||3-Meter Diving|