The 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming Championships marked the end of an era for the three co-captains from Gettysburg College. The trio – Mike Harmon ’15, Ashton Leyens ’15, and Jason Potter ’15 – along with Tyler Gould ’16 and Tyler Dougherty ’18 combined for the best performance ever on the national stage by the Orange and Blue.
Harmon, Leyens, and Potter led Gettysburg to four consecutive Centennial Conference team championships and four top-16 showings at the national event. They remain the most decorated male swimmers in program history with 39 combined All-America citations.
In the video above, the three former Bullets break down their careers and performance in their final meet, including an incredible runner-up finish in the 200 free relay. They also provide on update on their post-graduate careers, discuss swimming for long-time head coach Mike Rawleigh, and look back on their legacies in the Bullets Pool.
Summary as part of 2014-15 Athletics Top Moments Series – July 16, 2015
Led by an outstanding trio of seniors, the Gettysburg College men’s swimming team capped another banner season with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship, marking top moment No. 2 in Gettysburg College athletics in 2014-15.
With a group of only five swimmers, the Bullets piled up 123 points and captured All-America honors in six events, highlighted by a pair of national runner-up performances. The team’s 12th-place showing tied the program record for the best finish at NCAAs.
In a season full of thrilling moments, the Bullets opened the year by going undefeated (9-0, 6-0 Centennial Conference) for the second-straight season and for the third time in four years. The Orange and Blue followed up with another dominant performance at the Centennial Conference Championship, as the Bullets – competing in their home pool – cruised to their fifth-straight conference title under CC Coach of the Year Mike Rawleigh.
Next up was the NCAA Division III Championship, where the Bullets would compete in nine events at the four-day meet in Shenandoah, Texas.
It was the fourth-straight national appearance for seniors Mike Harmon ’15, Ashton Leyens ’15, and Jason Potter ’15 – three of the most decorated student-athletes in school history who owned a combined 28 All-America honors heading into the meet. The trio had helped the Bullets place among the top-16 in the nation in each of the previous three seasons. Tyler Gould ’16 was making his second appearance at the national meet after earning All-America honors in 2013, while Tyler Dougherty ’18 made his NCAA debut.
From the start, Gettysburg made its presence felt in a major way. On the first night of finals, Potter tied the program record for the highest finish at NCAAs, racing to a runner-up showing in the 50-freestyle. He also anchored the 200-medley relay that finished eighth with a squad that also included Harmon, Dougherty, and Gould.
One night later, the Bullets turned in a stunning performance in the final of the 200-freestyle relay. Potter, Harmon, Dougherty, and Leyens led the race for the entire way before finishing in second, just three-hundredths of a second behind Kenyon College for the national title. It was the top finish in program history by a relay team.
After a light Day Three, Gettysburg closed out the meet with another outstanding showing on the final day. Potter captured All-America honors once again, taking seventh in the 100-freestyle and setting up another thrilling race in the final event of the meet – the 400-freestyle relay. Potter, Harmon, Dougherty, and Leyens swam near the front of the pack for the entire race before finishing a close third with an incredible time (2:57.93) that would have won the race one year earlier.
The Bullets broke or reset seven school records at the meet, five of which were also Centennial Conference records. It was a fitting conclusion to the careers of Harmon, Leyens, and Potter, who accumulated an incredible 39 All-America awards over their four years.
2015 NCAA Division III Championship Recaps
- Potter Seizes National Runner-Up Honors; 200-Medley Relay Takes Eighth (3/18/2015)
- Bullets Take the Silver in Thrilling 200-Free Relay at NCAAs (3/19/2015)
- Harmon Places 18th in NCAA 100-Backstroke (3/20/2015)
- Men’s Swimming Ties Program-Best 12th-Place Finish at NCAAs (3/21/2015)