Hiram College

HIRAM, OHIO  —  The Hiram College swimming and diving teams will officially begin the 2010-11 season tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 23) when it competes at the annual Kenyon College Relays in Gambier.

The Terrier women will be looking to improve upon a 4-9 overall record in 2009-10 and a seventh place finish in the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.  This season, the women return seven lettermen and will be led by seniors Kelsey Covell (Parma Heights/Valley Forge), Ashlynn Krohn (Wauseon), Claire Rachek (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and Mackenzie Saywell (Bainbridge).  Also back are juniors Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) and Becca Szanto (Bainbridge) and sophomores Carson Applewhite (Atherton, Calif./Atherton), Leah Hunter (Medina) and Meraya Mitchell (Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben Metro).  In addition, junior Sydney Kispert-Bostick (Frazer, Mich./Frazer) is the only returning diver for Hiram this season.

“The women’s team will have a good balance of experience and youth this season,” said veteran Head Coach Jack Groselle.  “We will look to our upperclassmen to be the leaders and help guide the younger swimmers to help us compete against the elite schools in our conference.”

The men will return four lettermen, including four seniors, and will be led by senior Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon).  In 2009-10, Wegman had one of the best individual seasons for the men in recent history by setting three school records (1650-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard fly), one pool record (1500-meter free) and was a member of three record-setting relay teams (200-yard medley relay, 200-yard free relay and 400-yard free relay).  He also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III National Meet in the 200-yard fly.  Joining Wegman will be seniors Jim Griesmer (Chesterland/University School), Colin Kelly (Perrysburg), Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa) and Travis Subda (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins).  Between the combination of Wegman, Kelly, Morales and Subda, the quartet owns or shares eight current school records and four relay records in addition to three pool records.  Also returning this season are sophomores Sam Cregar (Bainbridge/University School) and Carlos Pardo (Davie, Fla./Hollywood Hills).

“We have a very experienced and talented men’s team this season,” said Groselle.  “The five returning seniors will the backbone of the team and we will need them to have even stronger seasons this year.”

The season-opening Kenyon Relays begin on Saturday at noon at the Kenyon Aquatic Center.  Hiram will begin dual meet competition on Friday, Oct. 29 against Notre Dame College in the home opener at Alumni Memorial Pool at 6 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.