Big Red Wins Four NCAC Athlete of the Week Awards for Second Week in a Row



GRANVILLE, Ohio (October 18, 2021) – For the second week in a row and the third time in fall 2021, Denison University Athletics has won four Athlete of the Week awards from the North Coast Athletic Conference. For the week ending Sunday, October 17 Keanan ginell was named male cross country athlete of the week, Marc Mitchell was the male golf athlete of the week, Kirby MacKinnon was the volleyball athlete of the week, and Alix o’brien was the female swimming and diving athlete of the week.

This is the fifth time in seven weeks so far in the fall of 2021 that Denison Athletics has won multiple NCAC Athlete of the Week awards and the third time the Big Red has won four awards in the same week.

Keanan ginell, a senior from Naperville, Ill., placed 13th overall out of 306 total competitors and finished first in the NCAC and seventh in the Great Lakes region with a time of 26: 03.9 in the men’s varsity 8k race. at Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble. Ginell helped the Big Red to finish 12th out of 35 teams in what was their last race before the NCAC Championship.

This is the third NCAC Athlete of the Week award of the season for Ginell after winning it in the first two weeks of the year, and it is the fourth athlete of the week award. NCAC week in total for the season for the Denison Men’s Cross Country.

Marc Mitchell (74-72; 146), a senior from Atlanta, Ga., Shot a tie on Sunday and was plus-two for the tournament to win the Denison Fall Invitational by two strokes. Mitchell’s victory was highlighted by an eagle at hole 15 in the second round. Mitchell helped Denison (303-301; 604) win his first tournament of the season as the Big Red overcame a five-stroke deficit against Kenyon College (298-309; 607) after the first round on Saturday to win the tournament by three strokes on Sunday.

It was Mitchell’s second first place in as many tournaments after finishing tied for first at the Wabash College Invitational earlier in October, making him two back-to-back NCAC Athlete of the Week honors for seniors. It is also the third overall NCAC Athlete of the Week award for Denison Men’s Golf so far this year.

Kirby MacKinnon, a second-year passer from Chatham, Ont., led Denison to another unbeaten week with 113 assists (12.56 assists per set) in three games. MacKinnon also recorded 25 recoveries and four assisted blocks during the week. She had 29 assists and nine digs in a sweep in Kenyon Wednesday as Denison improved to 5-0 in the NCAC. MacKinnon then distributed 43 and 41 assists, respectively, in two non-conference sweeps against Mount Union and Capital on Saturday. She added 10 digs in Saturday’s second game against Capital for her seventh double-double of the season. MacKinnon currently leads the conference in assists per set and is in the top three nationwide.

MacKinnon is the second Denison volleyball player in a row to win the NCAC Athlete of the Week award after Daria rodriguez did it last week.

Alix o’brien, a freshman from St. Paul, Minnesota, began her college career with two wins and two NCAA Division III National “B” standards in the women’s 500 freestyle (4: 57.40) and 1,650 free events (16 : 58.93) to the Akron Zips Classique. She also finished in the top five in the 200 freestyle (1: 54.09) and swam one leg of the 800 freestyle, fifth (7: 42.69). O’Brien helped Denison finish second of four teams (all others were NCAA Division I) in his first game of the season at the Akron Zips Classic. Here are the results for O’Brien at the Akron Zips Classic:

Event Opponent (s) To finish Time
500 freestyle Akron Zips Classic (Akron, Xavier, Youngstown State) 1st 4: 57.40
1650 freestyle Akron Zips Classic (Akron, Xavier, Youngstown State) 1st 16: 58.93
800 freestyle relay Akron Zips Classic (Akron, Xavier, Youngstown State) 5th 7: 42.69
200 freestyle Akron Zips Classic (Akron, Xavier, Youngstown State) 5th 1: 54.09
400 freestyle relay Akron Zips Classic (Akron, Xavier, Youngstown State) 7th 3: 36.78

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