Oberlin Swim and Dive Breaks Six School Records at 2023 NCAC Championship


Photos Courtesy of Amanda Phillips

Oberlin Swim and Dive finishes the 2023 season strong.

Last week, the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams concluded their seasons at the NCAC Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted at Denison University. The women’s team entered the competition ranked as the fifth seed, and the men’s team entered as the sixth.

Both teams wasted no time breaking a multitude of school records. On the first of four days of competition, the women’s 200- yard medley relay team, consisting of second-years Elinor Frost, Ava Peyton, and Skye Slade and fourth-year Elly Ragone, finished in fourth place with a record time of one minute, 49.29 seconds.

Slade was especially proud of her performance after missing out on most of her events at the 2022 NCAC Championships due to contracting COVID-19.

“Being a part of a record-breaking relay was kind of like a redemption in a way, because I wasn’t even able to compete last year,” Slade said. “I am so proud of my three relay teammates, and it got my meet off to a really great start.”

The men’s 200-yard medley relay team, consisting of second-years Myles Felt, Erik Fendorf, and Isaac Viviano and first-year Dani Bocsi, finished in a record 1:32.80. The team’s time was good enough to win bronze and earn Oberlin a podium finish.

Record-breaking feats continued on the second day thanks to the efforts of Frost, Ragone, second-year Isabel Pfaff, and third- year Hannah Hale. The four Yeowomen previously held the school record in the 200-yard free relay with a time of 1:38.52. They narrowly bested their record, finishing in fifth place with a time of1:38.25.

Fendorf earned himself another top-10 finish in the 50-yard freestyle, taking ninth place with a time of 21.05 — only four hundredths of a second off from the school record of 21.01 set by Adam Winikoff in 2016.

Felt, Fendorf, Viviano, and Bocsi teamed up again to tackle the 200-yard freestyle relay, which they finished in 1:25.36, earning them sixth place and the third best time in school history. Their efforts kept the Yeomen in sixth place, while the Yeowomen ended the day in fifth.

The third day of competition saw even more records broken. Fendorf and Felt were at it again, the former eclipsing his own personal and school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a seventh-place time of 49.80 and the latter taking down a nine-year- old school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a ninth-place time of 51.64.

Finishing in ninth place seemed to become a trend for the Yeowomen on Friday. Frost earned ninth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.18. Second-year Helene Prince, a diver for the Yeowomen, earned ninth place in the one-meter event, finishing her night at 263 points. Peyton capped off the night on a high note for the Yeowomen, also earning ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.05.

The Yeowomen continued their successes on Saturday, with Peyton finishing the 100-yard individual medley in 1:02.10, earning her an eighth place finish and the second-best time in program history. She then earned another top-10 finish alongside Ragone, Pfaff, and Frost in the 4×100 relay, finishing fifth in 3:39.99. Solo second-year swimmers Ava Schigur, Lucy Lee, and Rosalie Baron finished in 10th, 11th, and 13th place respectively in the 200-yard fly.

For the Yeomen, first-year Miguel Siwady, swimming in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finished seventh with a time of 16:04.09. Fourth-year Lucas Draper, the Yeomen’s sole diver, finished in 10th place with a career-high total of 266.95 points.

Viviano, Fendorf, Siwady, and Bocsi concluded the already successful meet with a bang. The team finished in 3:08.22, which bested the school record in the 4×100 relay. Not only did their time earn them a fifth-place finish, but it took down a school record that had not been beaten since 1995.

Denison and Kenyon College won the meet overall for men’s and women’s, respectively. Overall, the Yeomen and Yeowomen combined for 33 top-10 finishes and six school records.