GRANVILLE, Ohio—For the ninth consecutive year, Denison University men's swimming & diving are the North Coast Athletic Conference champions. Denison totaled 1,953 points and won 17 of 21 events to lock up the win over second-place Kenyon. This is the 10th NCAC Championship overall and ninth-straight for the Denison men.
Denison outdistanced the Lords by 203 points as Kenyon checked in with 1,750 points. DePauw University was third with 1,141.5 points.
Senior Max Levy won his second-straight NCAC Championship on the 3-meter board with an 11-dive score of 570.85. For Levy, it marked a sweep of the conference diving championships. At the post-meet awards ceremony, he was named the NCAC Diver of the Year for the first time in his career.
Checking in second on the 3-meter board was senior Brian Allen who posted a score of 459.10. This is the second-straight runner-up finish for Allen on the 3-meter and his third all-conference performance. First-year Michael Burke placed sixth with a score of 405.60.
Denison's first victory of the night came from first-year Bebe Wang in the 100 IM. This marked the first year that the 100 IM was a championship sanctioned event. Wang touched in 51.56 for the win. Stuart Hohm and Kenny Fox followed in fourth and fifth place, respectively in 52.90 and 53.17.
Jason Wesseling capped off a strong NCAC Championship with his fourth win of the week and his sixth NCAC title of his career in the 200 backstroke. Wessling out-touched his teammate, Jack Lindell, at the wall with a time of 1:48.32. Lindell finished second in 1:48.68. This marked the ninth time a Denison swimmer has won the 200 back.
In the 100 freestyle, Denison dominated the top of the standings, placing 1-4 in the A-Final. The champion was Zach Wagner with a season-best 'B' cut time of 44.37. It marked the fourth conference title for Wagner at the meet, but his first in an individual event. After the 100 free, Denison's lead over Kenyon stood at 136 points.
Denison's 15th victory of the championship came in the 200 breaststroke. Jake Ball followed up a fourth-place finish in 2016 with his first individual conference title in 2017. Ball finished in 2:03.17 and Ryan Stevenson followed in third place after posting a time of 2:03.23. Tiernan Foster-Smith followed Stevenson in fourth at 2:05.87.
In the 1,650 free, Matt Hedman logged a season-best 'B' cut time of 15:40.04 and Ben Burdick followed in third place at 15:52.13. For Hedman, it marked his second straight all-conference performance in the mile. Last year he placed third.
The championship was capped off in style as the team of Dauksher, Wagner, Gerlach and Howes won the 400 free relay in 2:59.23. That marks the second-straight year DU has ended the meet with a win in the final event.
In addition to Levy's Diver of the Year award, Lindell was named the NCAC Swimmer of the Year for the second time. Lindell won the 200 IM, 400 IM and placed second in the 200 backstroke. Russ Bertram was named the NCAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth-straight year and Gregg Parini was named the Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the ninth time.
Since Wednesday's opening event, the Big Red not only won 81 percent of the events, they also racked up 31 top-3 performances.
Denison's next event is the Kenyon Invitational on Feb. 18. The NCAA Division III Championships will take place in Shenandoah, Texas on March 15-18.