Birrer Adds Another Title, Wabash Third at NCAC Meetby Brent Harris • February 12, 2011
David Birrer joined teammate Evan Rhinesmith as an individual champion at the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship meet by winning the 200-yard butterfly. The Little Giants finished third in the final team scoring.
Birrer (right) narrowly out-touched Kenyon's Joe Pysnik in the finals of the 200 fly, winning with a time of 1:51.64 to meet the NCAA "B" cut qualifying time. He was joined in the finals by Adam Current, who finished ninth with a time of 1:57.11. Logan Falley took 15th place in the 200 fly by finishing in 2:03.02. Brad Wise also scored for the Little Giants with his 20th-place finish (2:06.03).
The Wabash 400-yard freestyle relay of Eric Vaughn, Birrer, Rhinesmith, and Charles Williams earned All-NCAC honors by finishing third with a time of 3:10.21.
Two other Little Giant swimmers competed in the A finals on the final night of the meet. David Phillips took eighth place in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:55.32. Rhinesmith scored an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a finals time of 2:10.38. Paul Buescher added a tenth-place finish in the event with a time of 2:10.06.
Five Wabash athletes competed in the finals of the 100 freestyle. Williams finished 12th for Wabash (47.49), while Vaughn was 13th (48.02). Alex Beck scored a 16th-place finish (48.50), while Jake Pahud touched in 21st place (50.30). Jacob Alter added a 23rd-place finish (50.70).
Phillips also picked up a seventh-place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:28.85. Chad Woods finished in 14th place (17:14.87), while Logan Rice was 19th (17:44.70).
Divers Jake Schild and Jacob Anderson also scored for Wabash on the one-meter board. Schild took sixth place with a total of 383.85 points. Anderson was 11th with 268.55 points.
Wabash scored a total of 805 points in the final team standings for its third-place finish. Denison won the team competition with 1,774.5 points, followed by national powerhouse Kenyon with 1,572.5 points. Wittenberg was a distance fourth place with a total of 691 points, followed by Wooster (671.5), Oberlin (659), Allegheny (633), Ohio Wesleyan (398), and Hiram (334.5).