GRANVILLE, Ohio—Denison men's and women's swimming and diving will kick off its season on Friday and Saturday at the Akron Zips Classic on Oct. 12-13 at the Ocasek Natatorium in Akron, Ohio.
Denison is the only non-Division I program invited to the event. The Big Red will compete against the likes of Cleveland State, Cincinnati, Miami University, Xavier and the host, Zips.
This is a two-day, three-session event and all events will be raced as timed finals. Tickets for each individual session are $6. A $15 all-session pass is also available. Friday's session will begin at 5 p.m. with Saturday's sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Live results are available only through the Meet Mobile app.
The Denison men are coming off its fourth national championship since 2011 after racking up 32 top-8 finishes and three event national championships. They return junior Bebe Wang, the defending national champion in the 200 backstroke, Kymani Senior, the defending national champion in the 100 fly, along with 2018 NCAC Swimmer of the Year Matt Hedman and nine-time All-American Kenny Fox.
The Denison women are coming off their 11th straight top-four finish at nationals. Junior KT Kustritz is the national record holder in the 100 breaststroke and is a two-time national champion. Natalie Zaravella is coming off a fifth-place finish in the 400 IM and a sixth-place showing in the 1,650 free at nationals. Junior Erica Hsu finished third in the 400 IM and junior diver Allison Fitzgerald is a four-time All-American in two trips to the NCAA Championship.
Looking ahead to future events for the Big Red in 2018-19, on November 2, Denison will travel to Columbus for their annual dual meet with Ohio State. The Big Red will host Xavier on November 3 and the following week (Nov. 10) will host Kenyon.
Another change to the schedule is the addition of a three-day championship format meet on Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 that will be hosted by Denison at the Trumbull Aquatics Center. Other dual meets will feature Pitt, the University of Indianapolis, Carson-Newman, Carnegie Mellon, and Ohio Wesleyan before the NCAC Championships return to the Trumbull Aquatics Center on Feb. 13-16. The NCAA Division III Championships will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina on March 20-23.