GRANVILLE, Ohio – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) have released their latest TYR top 25 rankings for the 2018-19 season and both Denison men's and women's swimming and diving programs have claimed the nation's top spots for NCAA Division III. This is the first time in recent memory that the men's and women's teams were both ranked No. 1 in the country at the same time.
Highlighted by a pair of dominant wins over NCAC-rival Kenyon College (Men – No. 4, Women – No. 3), the men stayed atop the CSCAA Division III polls while the women jumped Emory University to become the nation's top-ranked program.
On the men's side, the Big Red have been led by Bebe Wang, Matthew Hedman, and Drake Horton who have combined for 15 event victories over their last two dual meets against Xavier and Kenyon. Paving the way for DU's 188.5-109.5 win over the Lords was Horton who won the 100 and 200 free and teamed up with Carson Clear, Tiernan Foster-Smith, and Brett Weicht to take first place in the 200 medley relay. His 1:42.43 in the 200 clocked in at a season-best for the sophomore and his performance also earned him NCAC Athlete of the Week honors.
For the women, a 168-132 defeat of the Ladies on Saturday afternoon helped the Big Red's case for the nation's top ranking. One year removed from a 154-146 loss to Kenyon in Gamber, Denison captured eight event victories and five provisional qualifying times on their way to victory, led by junior All-American KT Kustritz' three wins and four 'B' cut times. In Denison's last two dual meets against Xavier and Kenyon, Kustritz has totaled six event victories and six 'B' cut times, including provisional qualifying times in each of the 100 and 200 breaststroke events that she has raced in this season. Wins from Maddie Hopkins, Zoe Whelan, Natalie Zaravella, and Hannah Rusinko also assisted in DU's win over Kenyon, including a season-best time from Zaravella in the 1,000 free (10:33.47).
Both teams will return to action on Thursday through Saturday, November 29-December 1 for the inaugural Denison Invitational hosted at the Trumbull Aquatic Center in Granville, Ohio.