The men’s swimming and diving team has once again brought a national title home to Denison. With a final tally of 455.5 points, the Denison Men trumped Kenyon by a margin of 37 points after a four-day battle in Greensboro, N.C. It was the first time since 2011 that the men have won the title, but it is the third national championship that the team has won in the past six years. Prior to their win in 2011, Kenyon College had won the title from 1980 until 2009 – the longest national winning streak in NCAA history at the time Denison snapped it.
Jack Lindell ‘17 had a nearly perfect meet, and was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year. He won three individual titles in the 200-yard individual medley, the 400-yard individual medley as well as a first place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Lindell also swim on Denison’s first place 800-yard freestyle relay.
The champions, clad in ties, khakis and their team warm ups were honored in Knobel hall last Monday afternoon.
President Adam Weinberg delivered a heartfelt address to the men. “I’ve never been more proud of a group of student athletes than I was of watching [the men’s swim and dive teams] win last weekend. It was a remarkable moment … it represents the values, the history, the traditions of the liberal arts at this college at its absolute best.”
Dozens of faculty members, students and the contingent of the men’s team that did not compete at nationals were in attendance to celebrate the win. A victory cake was served at the reception.
The Denison women’s swimming and diving team also brought home some hardware. The women earned a fourth place finish at the meet, the 25th consecutive year that the women have been among the top six at national competition.
Notable finishes for the women included a second place finish for the 200-medley and 400-freestyle relays. Campbell Costly finished third in the 500 yard freestyle and Carolyn Kane earned third and fourth place finishes in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events, respectively.
Photo courtesy of Allen Rich