GRANVILLE, Ohio – On the heels of a pair of top-three finishes at nationals this past March, Denison men's and women's swimming & diving has released their schedule for the 2019-20 season. Establishing themselves as a national power on both sides, the men's program enters the 2019-20 campaign with three national championships in the last four years while the women's team has finished in the top-four in each of the last 12 seasons.
Opening their season on Oct. 18-19 at the Akron Zips Classic, the Big Red will then face a new addition to the schedule when they travel to the University of Cincinnati on Oct. 26 to do battle with the Bearcats. Cincinnati's men's program is coming off back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships while the women's team finished second in the AAC in 2019.
Totaling five NCAA Division I opponents on this year's schedule, the Big Red will also travel to the McCorkle Aquatic Center on Nov. 15 for a dual meet with the Ohio State University for the 11th consecutive season. DU's matchup with the Buckeyes will then lead into the Denison Invitational hosted at the Trumbull Aquatic Center (Dec. 4-7) where the Big Red will open with a Long Course Meter Time Trial for U.S. Olympic Qualifying on Wednesday, Dec. 4 before the 2020 summer games take place in Tokyo, Japan.
Denison's regular season will be capped off with the NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships that will be hosted in Granville for the seventh-straight year. The men's team will seek their 12th consecutive NCAC title while the women look to capture their second conference crown in four years.
On the men's side, the Big Red look to secure their third-straight NCAA Championship following the return of a pair of individual national champions in senior Bebe Wang (200 IM) and junior Drake Horton (200 free). Wang and Horton also return to join seniors Eric Gerlach and Kymani Senior as reigning national champions in the 400 free relay.
After a third-place finish in 2019, the Denison women's team will set their sights on a national championship in 2020 thanks to the return of 12 All-American swimmers and divers and five-time national champion KT Kustritz. Along with Kustritz, the Big Red also bring back seniors Angela Le, Gabriella Nutter and junior Maddie Hopkins from last year's 200 medley relay national championship team that set a new national record time of 1:40.11.
Head swimming coach Gregg Parini returns for his 33rd year at the helm of the Big Red. He has totaled six National Championships, 16 national runner-up finishes and a streak of 64 consecutive top-10 national finishes across both genders. Head diving coach Russ Bertram returns for his seventh season in Granville as a three-time NCAA Division III Men's Coach of the Year and a seven-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.