The 2010-11 Denison University swimming and diving season is set to kick off in just two weeks and head coach Gregg Parini has named the captains for this year's campaign.
For the men's squad, seniors Jake Lewing (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and Kyle Chabot (Washington, Mich./Stoney Creek) have been selected as captains and on the women's side, senior diver Lizzie Litwak (Loudonville, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) and junior Hilary Callen (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) will head up their respective squads.
Both the men's and the women's programs are coming off a season which saw them capture North Coast Athletic Conference championships and place second at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship in Minneapolis. The Big Red men's and women's programs have combined for 48 consecutive top-10 finishes at the Division III national championships. Last year also marked the fifth second-place finish for the DU women's program and the seventh runner-up trophy for the men's program.
Jake Lewing is coming off a stellar 2009-10 season which saw him earn NCAC Swimmer of the Year honors after winning three conference championships in the 200 IM, the 200 breaststroke and the 400 medley relay. He qualified for nationals for the second time in his career, posting five All-American performances last year to run his career All-America swims to seven.
Kyle Chabot is also a two-time national qualifier and a two-time All-American. He earned his first All-America certificate in 2009 in the 200 butterfly. Last year he placed 13th in the 100 backstroke for his second-career All-American finish.
Lizzie Litwak is in her fourth year as a member of the Big Red diving squad and she has been the mark of consistency at the conference level. At the NCAC Championships Litwak has never finished worse than eighth in six total events. Last year she logged a fifth place finish in the one-meter dive before matching her performance from 2009 with a fourth-place finish in the three-meter dive.
Hilary Callen is the lone junior to be named a captain this season and she returns as the Big Red's top distance swimmer. She captured her first national championship last year as a part of the 800 freestyle relay and in her first two years at Denison she has amassed nine All-American performances and six NCAC championships.
Denison will open their season on Saturday (Oct. 23) when the swimmers travel to Kenyon for the annual NCAC Relays. The divers will remain in Granville for the NCAC Diving Relays on the same day. Other major events for the Big Red in 2010-11 include the three-day Miami Invitational on Dec. 2-4, the NCAC Championships in Canton, Ohio (Feb. 10-12) and the NCAA Division III Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. on March 23-26.