February 3, 2011

Top 20 Moments - Men's Swimming & Diving

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #20
February 7-10, 2007
Centre College's Dustin Schulten is named SCAC Male Diver-of-the-Year for the second straight year and third time in four years after winning the 3-meter competition and placing second on the 1-meter board at the 2007 Championships at Crawfordsville High School in Crawfordsville, Ind. With his third Diver-of-the-Year honor, Schulten trails only four-time winner Nate Moch of DePauw (2000-2003) as the most decorated diver in SCAC championship meet history.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #19
March 19-21, 2002
Trinity University, which finishes tied for 27th with SCAC foe Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at the 2002 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming Championships at Miami (Ohio) University in Oxford, has three top 10 individual finishes. Senior Dylan Stentiford finishes 10th in the 200 free (1:41.06) and sophomore Zach Coburn takes eighth in the 200 back (1:52.29) and 10th in the 100 back (51.75).

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #18
February 17-20, 2010
DePauw University wins its sixth straight conference championship by topping Trinity University, 987.5 to 891, at the 2010 SCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium on the campus of the University of Louisville. The sixth straight men's swimming title as well as the program's eight total championships are both CAC/SCAC records for the sport.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #17

February 11-14, 2009
Junior John Cook of DePauw University wins and sets new conference championship meet records in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle at the 2009 SCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Tracy Caulkins Competition Pool on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. In leading his team to its fifth straight SCAC title and seventh in the last 11 years, Cook notches NCAA automatic qualifying standards in all three events and earns SCAC Swimmer-of-the-Meet honors. His record swim in the 50 free (20.51) broke the longest standing conference swimming record on the books - a 20.61 swim from Chuck Seymour of Sewanee at the 2000 championship meet.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #16

February 14-16, 2002
Trinity University senior Dylan Stentiford finishes first in both the 200 and 500 free at the 2002 SCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at Sewanee - completing the career conference championship meet sweep of the two categories. He also finished first in the 100 free at the 2002 championships. Stentiford, who shared SCAC Swimmer-of-the-Year honors in 2002 with teammate Ryan Van Der Kar and Rose-Hulman's Matt Smith, is the first male swimmer in the SCAC era to win one event four consecutive years and remains one of only four men to lay claim to the feat - joining other four-time event winners Rob Alexander of DePauw in the 50 free and 100 free (2005-2008); Ryan Van Der Kar of Trinity in the 400 IM (2001-2004) and Nate Moch of DePauw in the 1- and 3-meter boards (2000-2003). Stentiford's nine career wins at SCAC championship meets ranks third all-time.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #15

February 13-16, 2008
DePauw University senior Rob Alexander earns his second consecutive SCAC Swimmer-of-the-Year award and completes his career sweep of the 50 and 100 free events at the 2008 SCAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Carroll SID Natatorium in Southlake, Texas. Alexander won both events at each of the four SCAC championships he competed, making him the first swimmer in the SCAC era to accomplish that feat and second total. Bill Brumback of Washington & Lee (1968-1971) pulled off the same career sweep of the 50 and 100 free when the league was known as the CAC. Alexander finished his SCAC championship meet career with 10 individual titles - the second most all time behind Trinity's Ryan Van Der Kar.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #14
March 18-21, 2009
DePauw University finishes tied for 12th (92 points) at the 2009 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Tigers' John Cook earns one all-American and two honorable mention all-American honors as he finishes fifth in the 100 free (44.45) and ninth in both the 50 free (20.17) and 200 free (1:39.48). The Tiger relay teams set school records and earn all-American honors in the 200, 400 and 800 free. John Cook, John Montgomery, Josh Baugh and Steve Klabak swam the 200 (1:21.88) and 400 (3:02.32; school record 3:01.73 in prelims) free relays and finished seventh in both events. John Montgomery, Josh Baugh, Charlie Boehme and John Cook finished in 11th place (6:47.00) in the 800 free relay.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #13

March 15-17, 2001
DePauw University finishes 13th (82 points) at the 2001 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming & Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., a then SCAC record finish for a men's team at the national meet. Senior Dan Garrison caps his career with an all-America performance by finishing fifth in the 100 freestyle in 46.29 seconds on the final day of the event. The Tigers earn honorable mention all-American honors in each of the five team relays with a ninth place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:34.94) the team's best showing.

Trinity University finishes in 17th place (52 points) at the 2001 Championships, marking the only time in league history that two SCAC men's programs have finished in the top 20 at one national championship meet.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #12
March 19-21, 2002
Junior Matt Smith of of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the SCAC Tri-Swimmer of the Year, earns all-America honors in two events - finishing sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke (57:20) and seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.90) - at the 2002 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming Championships at Miami (Ohio) University in Oxford.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #11
February 20-22, 2003
Senior diver Nate Moch of DePauw University puts the finishing touches on an undefeated conference meet career, sweeping the 1- and 3-meter boards for the fourth consecutive year at the 2003 SCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at Delta State University. Moch, the four-time SCAC Diver of the Year and three-time all-American, is the only diver in conference meet history - man or woman - to go 8-for-8 on the two platforms during his championship meet career.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #10
April 8, 2010
After receiving the league's 2010 Swimmer-of-the-Year award, John Cook of DePauw University becomes just the second SCAC male swimmer to earn SCAC Swimmer-of-the-Year honors three times in a career. In his four years at DePauw, Cook earned 16 All-American honors, including seven as an individual and nine as a member on a relay team.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #9
March 18-20, 1999
The University of the South's Jon Morris finishes third and second respectively on the 1- and 3-meter boards at the 1999 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota - earning all-American honors in both events and leading Sewanee to a 24th-place team finish.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #8
March 18-20, 1999
Sean Valentine of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology becomes the first-ever male SCAC all-American with a fourth-place finish in the 50 yard freestyle at the 1999 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming & Diving Championships - held at the University of Minnesota. In that same event, Trinity University's Joseph Moore (12th place) and The University of the South's Charles Seymour (15th place) earned honorable mention all-America honors. Valentine went on to earn all-American honors in the 100 breaststroke (sixth place finish) and the 100 yard freestyle (14th place finish - honorable mention). Other SCAC all-American swimmers at the 1999 national meet include Moore of Trinity in the 100 free (sixth place) and Dan Garrison of DePauw in the 100 fly (11th place - honorable mention)

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #7
February 7-10, 2007
DePauw University establishes a conference record with 1,055 points and, in turn, claims the largest margin of victory in winning its third straight SCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship held at Crawfordsville High School in Crawfordsville, Ind. Trinity University finished second with 666 points. DePauw's Rob Alexander was named the SCAC Male Swimmer of the Year after claiming firsts in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 free. The Indiana Tigers won seven of the 13 individual swimming events and swept all five relays - the only program to ever accomplish that feat (before or since). 

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #6
February 15-17, 2001
In the closest finish in the history of the championships, Trinity University holds on to defeat DePauw University, 944.5 to 934 at the 2001 SCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas - the first conference championship meet to be held off campus.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #5
February 12-14, 2004
Senior Ryan Van Der Kar wins his (then) unprecedented third consecutive SCAC Male Swimmer-of-the-Year award to lead the Trinity University men to their fourth SCAC men's swimming and diving championship in competition held at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. The Texas Tigers finish with 861 points to DePauw’s 773 points. Van Der Kar posts wins in the 500 free, the 200 fly and the 400 IM - giving him 11 career individual titles in SCAC championship meet competition, the most of any male swimmer in league history.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #4
February 18-20, 1999
Twenty six years after the league last staged a championship in the sport (1973), the Trinity University men win the inaugural SCAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship - out-pointing second-place DePauw University, 813-774. The event was held on the campus of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #3
March 20-22, 2008
The DePauw University men finish in 11th-place (126 points) – the best finish for any SCAC men’s swim program – at the 2008 NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Oxford, Ohio on the campus of Miami University. The Tigers earn all-America honors in the 200 free relay (1:22.80 – sixth place), 400 free relay (3:02.41 – fifth place), 800 free relay (6:52.56 – 11th place) and 200 medley relay (1:33.27 – ninth place). Rob Alexander, John Cook, Greg Nowak and Steve Klabak swam the 200 and 800 free while Alexander, Cook, Klabak and Josh Baugh swam the 400 free and 200 medley relays. John Cook also picked up individual all-America honors in the 50 free (20.53 – 11th place), 100 free (45.24 – seventh place) and 200 free (1:42.27 – 15th place) while Rob Alexander was also a three-time individual all-American for his performances in the 50 free (20.69 – 12th place), 100 free (45.49 – 11th place) and 100 butterfly (49.54 – eighth place).

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #2
March 17-20, 2010
The DePauw University men's 200-yard freestyle relay of Josh Baugh, Johnny Montgomery, Steve Klabak and John Cook post both the program's and the SCAC's best national finish ever by placing second at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships at the University of Minnesota. The Tigers' time of 1:21.64 broke the school record of 1:21.88 set by the same four at last year's Championships. Baugh, Montgomery, Klabak and Cook went on to record a fifth-place finish in the final event of the championships - the 400-yard freestyle relay - two days later to lead the DePauw men to a 13th place finish (90 points) - the third best team finish at the national meet in program history.

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING - MOMENT #1
March 20-22, 2003
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Matt Smith becomes the first swimmer in school and conference history to win an individual national championship with his efforts in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2003 NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving National Championships at Emory (Ga.) University.

Smith, who took top honors in the event with a 56.20 finish, followed up his championship performance with a swimming program school-record fourth career all-American award by finishing fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:04.73. The fifth-place time was a personal-best for Smith and another Rose-Hulman school record.

In the final 2003 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming & Diving team standings, Rose-Hulman finishes 22nd while fellow SCAC members DePauw University and Trinity University finish 31st and 34th, respectively.

For more on the top SCAC Men's Swimming & Diving moment, including an interview with former Fightin' Engineer All-American Matt Smith, click here.

School Conf Overall
Texas Lutheran 3-0 8-1
Austin 2-1 5-5
Trinity (Tex.) 1-2 5-5
Southwestern (Tex.) 0-3 0-10
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