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College swim success
All-American Jacobssen leads national title chase; ex-BHS star Nicely a 3-time All-conference diver

Three former Bearden High School swim/dive athletes competed for their college teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference championships in March ó and for some its was the precursor to the national swimming and diving championships.

Seniors Matt Jacobssen (BHS Class of 2003, Kenyon College, Ohio 2007 graduate) and Cody Nicely (BHS Class of 2003, Wittenberg University, Ohio, 2007 grad) ended successful careers.

Jacobssen, a 6-time NCAA All American and 11-time All-conference, led Kenyon to an unprecedented 28th NCAA Division III National Championship as team captain. He competed in the NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Championships, his third such appearance.

Nicely, as swim and dive team captain, gained All-conference honors three times at Wittenberg and set three different school diving records. Those included a 398.25 in the 1-meter event and 398.10 in the 3-meter to break a pair of school records that had not been broken in 20 years during the Wabash Diving Invitational.

Jacobssenís little sister, freshman Emily Jacobssen, qualified for the Division III NCAA National Championship for the Kenyon womenís team in the 100-backstroke, 200-back and 200-individual medley.

She placed 8th in the 200-backstroke and was the only freshman to qualify. Earlier in the season, Emily was named College swimming.comís National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week for her performance in a dual meet against Division I University of Louisville.


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