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Swimming & Diving Teams Earn Six Major HCAC Awards

Swimming & Diving Teams Earn Six Major HCAC Awards

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student-athletes combined for six major awards and 15 first-team all-league honors in the release of the 2018 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's and women's swimming and diving squads on Thursday.

The Fightin' Engineers captured six of the league's eight most prestigious awards in the inaugural all-HCAC squad.  Top honorees include HCAC Men's Swimmer of the Year Cam Gill; Women's Swimmer of the Year Elisa Weber; Men's Diver of the Year Peter Venema; the Freshmen of the Year duo of Dutch Kipp and Weber; and Men's Coach of the Year Keith Crawford.

The effort helped Rose-Hulman sweep all 20 men's event victories and capture the inaugural men's team championship last weekend at the Vigo County Aquatic Center.  The Fightin' Engineer women squad placed second, just 42 points behind league champion Franklin College.

Gill paced a sweep of all 20 events at the HCAC championships with three individual event wins, including a school record performance in the 100-backstroke (50.53).  He also earned first-place honors in the 50-freestyle (21.45) and the 100-freestyle (46.26), while competing on four conference championship relay teams.

Weber won two events and set three school records to pace the Fightin' Engineer performance at the HCAC Championships.  She won the 200-individual medley (2:10.67), the 400-individual medley (4:44.41), and set a school record in the 200-breaststroke (2:29.54). 

Venema set a school record in one-meter diving (527.30) and won in three-meter diving (449.25) to help Rose-Hulman complete its dominating performance.  Kipp contributed a win in the 200-individual medley (1:53.96) and was part of three championship relay teams.

Crawford earned his fifth career Conference Coach of the Year award after leading Rose-Hulman to its third league championship in the last four years. Rose-Hulman also won College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin titles in 2015 and 2016.

A total of 15 student-athletes earned first-team all-HCAC honors for their performances last weekend:

FIRST-TEAM ALL-HCAC PERFORMERS (winning events)
Lauren Blake (400-freestyle relay)
Cam Gill
(50-freestyle; 100-freestyle; 100-backstroke; 4 relay events)
Sean Gish (200-freestyle relay; 400-medley relay; 400-freestyle relay)
William Kemp (400-individual medley)
Patrick King (100-butterfly; 200-butterfly; 1 relay event)
Dutch Kipp (200-individual medley; 3 relay events)
Avery Krovetz (500-freestyle; 1650-freestyle; 1 relay event)
Bethany Lefeber (100-butterfly; 400 freestyle relay)
Evan Meredith (200-medley relay)
Elle Nowakowski (400-freestyle relay)
Ethan Park (100-breaststroke; 200-breaststroke; 2 relay events)
Michael Rosier (200-medley relay)
Nick Samra (100-breaststroke)
Tyler Sariscsany (200-freestyle relay)
Ben Stone (200-backstroke; 200-freestyle; 2 relay events)
Peter Venema (1-meter diving; 3-meter diving)
Elisa Weber (200-individual medley; 400-individual medley; 400-freestyle relay) 

SECOND-TEAM ALL-HCAC PERFORMERS
Nick Barr
Parker Brady
Nicholas Jeronis
Maria Kline
Michaela Kivett
Michelle Reese
John Rupp

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-HCAC PERFORMERS
Hailey Heidecker
Austin Salisbury