May 1, 2013

Dyer, Brennan earn NCAC honors

Denison junior Rebecca Dyer and freshman Aedin Brennan received North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors in their respective sports following their performances last week.

Dyer earned NCAC Pitcher of the Week honors in softball after going 3-1 in five appearances.  The junior hurler posted a 0.80 ERA with 27 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .186 batting average.  In game one against Kenyon, Dyer tied the school record for career shutouts (16), co-held by DU Hall of Famer Courtney Zollars ’02.  In that shutout performance, she scattered two hit and fanned eight batters.  Against the Hiram on Saturday, Dyer moved past former Big Red standout Bri Scrofano (2005-08) and into second on Denison’s career strikeouts list with 348.  The junior also recorded her fourth-career save in game two against the Terriers.

Brennan was named NCAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after winning the 2013 NCAC Heptathlon with an NCAC-record score of 4,629 points.  The freshman’s score in the heptathlon currently ranks sixth in Division III.  It also surpassed the previous school record of 4,205 that she set at the Washington & Lee Carnival in March.  Brennan logged PR performances in six of the seven events, including a school-record leap of 17’9.75” in the long jump on Sunday.  This marks the freshman’s third NCAC Athlete of the Week honor, and her second accolade in the outdoor season.  Her previous honors came on February 25, after winning the NCAC Pentathlon, and March 25, following a second-place finish in the heptathlon at the W&L Carnival.

With her heptathlon victory, Brennan earned Denison 10 points that will carry over to this weekend’s NCAC Championship in Gambier, Ohio.  The two-day event will begin on Friday.  Field events are scheduled to start at 12 p.m., while the running events will begin at 4:30 p.m.