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Reid Swartz '15 and John McBratney '16 lead the Hamilton College men's swimming and diving program into 2013-14. Swartz made the NESCAC all-conference team and set a school record in the 50-yard backstroke after he posted a time of 23.56 seconds in the 2013 NESCAC championship. Swartz joined Taylor Hogenkamp '13, Conor Collins '14 and McBratney on an 800 freestyle relay that also earned all-conference honors last season. In fact, Hamilton has finished in the top three in the 800 free relay at four of the last five NESCAC meets. The team captains this season are Swartz, Collins, Fumi Asaga '14 and Phil Conkling '14.

The NESCAC championship is one of the fastest Division III meets in the nation prior to the NCAA championships. Five NESCAC schools scored points at the 2013 national meet and three teams placed in the top 25. Hamilton has competed in the NESCAC event every February since 2001. Recent graduate Taylor Hogenkamp '13 was a three-time member of the NESCAC all-conference team. Swartz took third place in the 50 back and was eighth in the 100 back, and McBratney placed fifth in the 1,000 free and eighth in the 1,650 free at the 2013 NESCAC championship. Todd Johnson '08 picked up the NESCAC Four-Year High Point Swimmer Award at the conclusion of the 2008 meet.

In January 2014, the swimming and diving team will take a one-week training trip to the Florida Keys during winter break. Other highlights on the 2013-14 schedule include a quad meet at home against Ithaca College, Hartwick College and SUNY Geneseo; a home dual meet against Wesleyan University; a meet at Trinity College with Connecticut College; and the final home dual meet of the season against Rensselaer.

Hogenkamp and Tom Cyran '12 joined forces with Jake DeConinck '11 and Bowie Sievers '11 to earn 2010-11 NESCAC all-conference honors for the 800 free relay. They finished third in the event at the 2011 NESCAC championship. Ian Nichols '13 made the 2009-10 all-NESCAC team for the 50 breaststroke. Nichols set the school record in the 50 breast with a time of 26.60 seconds at the 2010 NESCAC championship.

Hamilton finished fifth out of 11 teams at the 2010 NESCAC championship -- the best performance for the Continentals at the competitive event since 2005. Sievers, who was a three-time all-conference performer and 2009 NCAA Division III championships participant, led Hamilton at the 2010 conference meet. Sievers set a school record in the 400 individual medley at the 2009 NESCAC championship. The team's best finish at the NESCAC meet was second place in 2001.

The program's first All-Americans were Rick Volp '69 and Bruce Mohl '68 in 1967. Mohl was a national champion in the 200 back in 1967 and in the 400 IM in 1968. Jeff Carlberg '75 added national titles in the 100 breast in 1974 and 1975. A total of 39 athletes have earned All-America recognition and a number of others have received honorable mention All-America awards. Todd Johnson is the most recent All-American as he finished eighth in the 100 back at the 2008 NCAA championships. The Continentals scored at least one point at the national meet every year from 1992 to 2008. The team's best showing at the championships was eighth place in 1975 and 2000.

Mike Salmon (2003-06), Brian Hogan (1975-78) and Norman Lyster (1978-81) are the only Hamilton men's swimmers and divers that have captured All-America honors all four years. Five others (Carlberg, Jonathan Greene '95, Anthony Loeffler '01, D.J. Postles '00, Volp) were All-Americans three out of four years. Hogan's eight All-America awards are the most in a career for any member of the Hamilton men's program.

Salmon -- a diver -- enjoyed one of the most decorated seasons by a Hamilton athlete his senior year. He won all 16 events in which he competed and capped the season with titles in the 1- and 3-meter springboard at the 2006 NCAA championship. He was the obvious choice for NCAA Division III diver of the year and was named NESCAC diver of the year for the third straight season. Salmon broke his own 3-meter school record at the 2006 NCAA meet and holds the school record for the 1-meter board. He earned a total of seven All-America awards during his brilliant career.

Hamilton swimmers and divers also excel in the classroom. Salmon was selected to the 2006 Academic All-America Men's At-Large Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Jim Baker '04 was valedictorian of his graduating class. Three student-athletes made the 2011-12 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. The Continentals have earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team honors two years in a row.