Women's Swimming & Diving finishes ninth, Men's Swimming & Diving finishes 10th at NCAC Championships

By: Andrew Korba

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Hiram College men's and women's swimming & diving teams concluded their respective 2015-16 seasons at the NCAC Championships on Saturday.

The Terrier women finished ninth of nine teams with 293 points and the men's squad was 10th of 10 teams with 187 points.

On the women's side, Kenyon captured the title with 1,957.5 points. Host Denison was second with 1,787.5 points and DePauw (Ind.) rounded out the top three with 1,141.5 points.

Hiram saw two place in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Senior Rachel Patten (Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta) was 13th in a season-best 18:27.82 and senior Marian Bade (Macungie, Pa./The Perkiomen School) touched 17th in a career-best 19:29.39.

Freshman Meagan McCoy (Bay Village, Ohio/Bay Village) was 21st in the 200-yard butterfly in a lifetime best 3:08.39.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of junior Meredith Fitschen-Brown (East Lasnsing, Mich./East Lansing), freshman Sierra Daniels (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson), Bade and McCoy finished eighth in 4:10.61.

Daniels and McCoy each tallied another lifetime best during the preliminary swims in the morning session.

On the men's side, Denison took home the championship with 1,942.5 points, Kenyon was second with 1714.5 points and DePauw (Ind.) was third with 1,113 points.

Senior Danny Essel (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid) recorded a 25th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:23.90.

The 400-yard freestyle relay tandem of junior Jamal Hill (Inglewood, Calif./Juniperro Serra), sophomore Julian Gilbert (University Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights), freshman Reeve Bowling(Minneapolis, Minn./Thomas Jefferson) and Essel were 10th in 3:41.35.

Bowling and Hill also posted lifetime best swims in the prelims in the morning, with Essel also adding a lifetime best.

The Terriers saw 15 season best swims and eight lifetime best swims combined in the moning session.