DePauw captures fourth-straight NCAC men’s XC title

Monday, November 1, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Led by three top-five individual finishes, DePauw totaled 32 points and won its fourth-consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country championship. Allegheny was second with 71 points and Denison third with 79.

Meanwhile, led by three top-15 finishes, DePauw’s women totaled 71 points and finished second at the North Coast Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Allegheny won the team title with 33 points and the Gators’ Megan Aaron won in 22:43.7.

Jacob Kissling led the Tigers with a second-place showing in 26:04.1 and was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year. Bailey Scott followed in third in 26:17.3 and Hudson Alden rounded out DePauw’s first team all-NCAC performances in fifth in 26:40.1.

A pair of Tigers earned spots on the second team as Zane Williams was eighth in 26:45.7 and Matt Vennemann 14th in 27:03.5. Michael Ocasek (16th/27:13.3) and Thomas Brelage (17th/27:18.8) earned honorable mention.

“Very excited to win four in a row,” DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen said. “Our younger guys carried us today. We haven’t hit on all cylinders yet and hope to do that at regionals.”

Stoffregen earned NCAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honors for the fourth straight year.

Earning spots on the all-NCAC second team were Jenny Noll with a 10th-place showing (23:53.9) and Sophie Porter in 12th (23:57.5).

Four Tigers achieved honorable mention including Emma Jacobs (15th/24:11.5), Lannea Allen (16th/24:13.7), Rachel DeLancey (18th/24:23.0) and Kate Hennessey (21st/24:32.4). Ashley Baldwin rounded out the Tigers’ top-seven in 28th in 25:00.9.

DePauw women's soccer team closes out season with win

The DePauw women’s soccer team closed out its season in a 1-0 shutout home victory over the Kenyon College Ladies.

The Tigers came out to win, and its energy and aggressiveness from the start forced the Ladies to play on their heels.

DePauw broke down the Kenyon defense early, flying around the field, winning 50/50 balls in the air, and creating opportunities from every direction.

In the 18th-minute of play, the Tigers scored its only goal off a free-kick taken by Grace Truax, who placed it just in front of Annalise Grammel for her second goal of the season.

Up by a goal, DePauw’s defense stayed calm under pressure, with Maya Caldwell tallying four crucial saves throughout her time inside the net. And on the offensive end, DePauw continued to force the Ladies to be reactive, putting up five shots and three corners in the second half of regulation.

The Tigers completed their season with an overall record of 3-8-2 and an NCAC record of 2-4-1.

DePauw women's swimming and diving team splits four-way

MISHAWAKA — In its second meet of the season, the DePauw women’s swimming and diving team finished with six individual second-place finishes and a pair of runner-up relays. The Tigers topped Lincoln (216-46) and Bethel (149-120) and lost to Olivet Nazarene (150-106).

Tarah Lang led the Tigers in top-two finishes, taking second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.12) and the 500 frees with a time of 5:20.71.

The remaining four individual second-place finishes were earned by Emily Thompson in the 200-yard butterfly (2:20.00), Sammie Waples in the 50 free (28.84), Hailey Olsen in the 200 backstroke (2:17.43) and Molly Ruggles in the 100 butterfly (1:01.94).

DePauw was runner-up in the 400-yard medley relay with Olsen, Elise Umbach, Ruggles, and Tara Holder (4:09.47). The Tigers’ final second-place finish was earned by Waples, Holder, Claire Sweetwood, and Lang after swimming the 400-yard freestyle relay in a time of 3:43.66.

DePauw competes Nov. 5-6 in the Kalamazoo Quad.

“Second place is the highest we have ever finished in the NCAC,” DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen said. “That was our goal and they ran great. They want more!”

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 13, when it competes in the NCAA Regional at Shelbyville.