By Tim Glon
BEREA — The Ohio Northern men's swimming and diving team won the Ohio Athletic Conference Regular Season title outright with a 167-58 victory at Baldwin Wallace on Friday night at the BW Natatorium.
The Polar Bears improve to 5-0 overall and finish a perfect 4-0 in the OAC with the victory, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 4-4, 1-2.
Ohio Northern also claimed the Golden Kickboard trophy, which is awarded annually to the ONU-BW regular season meet winner.
ONU is now 12-2 all-time and has won 11 consecutive meets in the Golden Kickboard series.
Individually, Simpson won the 200 free in 1:50.02 and the 100 back in :54.88 and Chapman won the 50 free in :22.40 and the 100 free in :49.56.
Simpson opened the meet as the anchor leg with sophomore Nolan Huey (Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge), junior Anthony Ferrell (Canton/Glen Oak) and junior Pete He (Mason) to win the 200 medley relay in 1:38.43.
Senior Braden Kuhn (Tiffin/Columbian) won the 1-meter diving with 231.60 points for six dives. In an unusual twist, he also won a 1-meter diving competition over five dives with 167.75 points.
The Polar Bears will return home on Saturday afternoon for a 1 pm dual meet with Oberlin on Senior Day at the ONU Sports Center Natatorium.