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Two-time NESCAC all-conference team member Reid Swartz '15 leads the Hamilton College men's swimming and diving team into 2014-15. Swartz finished third in the 50-yard backstroke and seventh in the 100 back at the 2014 NESCAC Championships. He holds school records in the 50 and 100 back as well as the 100 individual medley, and is serving as a team captain for the second straight season. The other captains are Ben Fields '15, Andrew McWhirter '15 and Michael Weinzierl '15.

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 2014 national meet and four teams placed in the top 20. Hamilton has competed in the NESCAC event every February since 2001. Taylor Hogenkamp '13 was a three-time member of the NESCAC all-conference team. Todd Johnson '08 earned the NESCAC Four Year High Point Swimmer award after the 2008 meet.

In January 2015, the team takes a one-week training trip to the Florida Keys during winter break. Other highlights on the 2014-15 schedule include a quad meet at home against Ithaca College, Hartwick College and SUNY Geneseo; home dual meets against Trinity College and Union College; and the five-team Hamilton Invitational that includes Colby College.

Swartz made the NESCAC all-conference team and set a school record in the 50 back at the 2013 NESCAC championships. He joined Hogenkamp, Conor Collins '14 and John McBratney '16 on an 800 freestyle relay that also earned all-conference recognition. In fact, the Continentals have finished in the top three in the 800 free relay four times at the NESCAC meet since 2009. Swartz took third place in the 50 back and was eighth in the 100 back at the 2013 NESCAC championships. McBratney placed fifth in the 1,000 free and eighth in the 1,650 free.

Hogenkamp and Tom Cyran '12 joined forces with Jake DeConinck '11 and Bowie Sievers '11 to earn 2011 NESCAC all-conference honors for the 800 free relay. They finished third in the event at the 2011 NESCAC championships. Ian Nichols '13 made the 2010 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 championships.

The team finished fifth out of 11 teams at the 2010 NESCAC championships -- the best performance for the Continentals at the competitive event since 2005. Sievers, who was a three-time all-conference performer and a 2009 NCAA Division III Championships participant, led Hamilton at the 2010 conference meet. Sievers set a school record in the 400 IM at the 2009 NESCAC championships. 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 '06 (2003-06), Brian Hogan '78 (1975-78) and Norman Lyster '81 (1978-81) are the only 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 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 championships. 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.

The men's and women's teams give back to the local community as well as the swimming community. Several members of the teams spent four hours at the Oneida County Habitat for Humanity warehouse north of Utica in September 2014 and helped with cleaning and organizing the warehouse for the coming year. They filled a dumpster with non-useable material, loaded a truck with items for their store and reorganized the interior of the warehouse. Fields and Alex Jones '16 organized the project.

The teams participate in the Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay every year in November. More than $410,000 has been raised in seven years to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma -- a rare soft-tissue cancer -- in young people. The relay was first started to honor former Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in 2006 from sarcoma.

Hamilton swimmers and divers also excel in the classroom. Swartz, Jones, Philip Conkling '14 and Lane Lerner '14 made the 2013-14 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. The Continentals have earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Awards for three straight semesters. 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.