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Maddie Janvrin, ’20, shakes hands with a Kenyon swimmer following a race at Denison University on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018 during the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.

Maddie Janvrin, ’20, shakes hands with a Kenyon swimmer following a race at Denison University on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018 during the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.

Joseph Tingley

Joseph Tingley

Maddie Janvrin, ’20, shakes hands with a Kenyon swimmer following a race at Denison University on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018 during the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.

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The Allegheny College Swimming and Diving Team completed the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Denison University.

Joseph Tingley
Maddie Janvrin, ’20, shakes hands with a Kenyon swimmer following a race at Denison University on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018 during the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.

The men’s team finished seventh with a total of 613 points, and the Allegheny women’s team finished with a total of 981 points, earning a fifth-place title. The women’s finishing score was the best for the Gator women since they took third at the competition in 2011.

“I think this was the best meet I’ve had in two years,” Justin Leary-Bignayan, ’20, said. “It was definitely a lot of fun. Having conferences and doing really well got me excited about swimming again. I think overall that this meet was the best the girls have had. For the guys, there’s a lot of room for improvement.”

Justin Katchur, ’20, echoed Leary-Bignayan’s comment about how well the team did.

“The season in its entirely went fairly well,” Katchur said. “The majority of the team swam personal bests or came really close to them this year.”

Although Katchur said he found his first-year conferences overwhelming, he felt much more comfortable this year.

“Last year, conferences seemed much more overwhelming due to the fact that I was a freshman and did not know what to expect preparing for the meet,” Katchur said. “Conferences flew by this year. I personally swam times that I was content with, and I loved being a part of some relays.”

Katchur originally started swimming because his friends in high school all swam, though the sport eventually impacted which school he chose to attend.

“I chose Allegheny because I wanted a place where I could receive a good education, but still be able to play the sport I enjoyed in high school,” Katchur said.

Rachel Montgomery, ’20, competed in conferences. She said she was proud of both the men and women’s performances at the meet.

“We had a lot of solid swims,” Montgomery said. “We have a lot of underclassmen, so we’re trying to recruit more and strengthen the team for next season.”

The swim and dive teams have an optional meet at Kenyon College on Saturday, Feb. 24.

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