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March 20, 2013

Hartwick to send six swimmers to NCAAs

Staff Report

Six Hartwick College swimmers will compete in the NCAA Division III Championships, which start today in Shenandoah, Texas.

Kenny Kleso, Lydon Schultz, Miles Blaney, Brad Ranson, Cory Perez and Jade Woodend will represent the Hawks in a total of 16 events.

“I’m really excited for the kids,” Hartwick coach Dale Rothenberger said. “My hope is that they can reach All-America status, and they are certainly capable of achieving top 20 swims.”

Kleso, Schultz, Blaney and Ranson reached the NCAAs in Indianapolis last season.

This season, Kleso will swim in the 500-yard freestyle, the 200 free and the 200 breaststroke. He’ll also be part of Hartwick’s 400 medley, 800 free and 400 free relays.

Schultz qualified for the 50 free, the 100 free and the 200 free. He’ll be part of the 200 medley and 400 free relays as well.

Blaney’s schedule includes the 500 free and the 200 butterfly, along with four relay appearances.

Ranson, who also will contribute to the relays, qualified in the 200 free.

Woodend is the first Hartwick female to participate since Gayle Gregory and Julie Landmann qualified in 2004. She will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 frees.

ACADEMICS

Scholar All-Americans

Oneonta State junior Ben Mikac and sophomore Greg Du Vall earned Scholar All-America honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association for the 2012-13 season.

To be eligible for the award, wrestlers must place in the top six at their NCAA regional tournament or win 67 percent of their matches and hold a grade point average of 3.2 over the last two semesters or cumulatively.

A criminal justice major, Mikac won 78 percent of his matches (37-10) en route to his second straight Scholar All-America award.

Du Vall won 74 percent of his matches (14-5) to win his first award. Also a member of the ECWC All-Academic Team, Du Vall is a physical therapy major with a pre professional concentration.

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