January 27, 2012

Denison bids adieu to Gregory Pool with wins over Malone

As the men's 400 freestyle relay concluded on Friday night in Granville, the curtain dropped for the final time on venerable Gregory Pool.

Denison's men and women cruised to a dual meet victory over Malone University, marking the final competition in the history of the facility.  Next fall the Denison swimming & diving program will move into a brand new, state-of-the-art facility and the current pool will be remodeled as a fitness center for the college.

While the Big Red rolled to wins over its opponent from North Canton, Ohio, the night centered on saying a fond farewell to the facility that has housed thousands of swimmers and hundreds of All-Americans.

Prior to the start of the meet Denison senior diver Phil Meyer performed the honorary "Final Dive" at Gregory Pool.  That dive was judged by former swimming & diving coach and current senior associate director of athletics, Lynn Schweizer.  Schweizer, who has spent 38 years at Denison as a coach and administrator, has ties to Gregory Pool that go beyond her first year at DU in 1974. Raised in Granville, Schweizer, like many area athletes at the time, competed in high school at Gregory Pool.

Following the Meyer's honorary dive, former head coach and administrator, Ted Barclay served as the guest starter for the "Final Start", an exhibition 50-yard freestyle that was swum by Denison captains, Dan Thurston, Michael DeSantis, Robert Barry, Hilary Callen and Brenna Broadus. Representing the Denison swimming alumni was 1988 graduate and Denison hall of fame member Charlie Lownes in lane one.

Results from the meet can be viewed above.  Denison's men defeated the pioneers 123-72 and the women prevailed 102-21.