Denison Beats Kenyon as Rivalry Continues

Kenyon vs. Denison

Meet Results

  • Men: Denison 173.5, Kenyon 124.5
  • Women: Denison 192.5, Kenyon 106.5

Denison and Kenyon are seperated by fewer than 30 miles on a map, but represent two of the biggest powerhouses in NCAA Division III swimming and diving. Kenyon dominated DIII from 1980-2010, a span which included 31 straight national championships for their men’s team. That NCAAw record has yet to be matched by any school, at any level of the NCAA. Times have changed, however, and rivalry between the two schools has entered a new phase since Kenyon’s streak was ended. Denison’s men have won 3 times since 2011, but the two schools have continued battling for the title. On the women’s side Kenyon won the national championship from 2007-2009.

The men won 10 and the women 12 events in a dominant showing for the Denison Big Red. The day included 12 NCAA ‘B’ cut times for Denison, including two ‘B’ cut swims from senior Carolyn Kane and two from junior Halli Garza.

Kane qualified in the women’s 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.75  and the 100 yard butterfly with a 56.57. Garza crushed the field in the women’s 200 butterfly to touch the wall in 2:03.26, more than five seconds faster than her closest competition. Her second ‘B’ cut came in the 400 yard I.M., where she turned in a 4:31.44. Denison junior Stuart Hohm also captured a ‘B’ cut in the men’s 200 yard freestyle, winning that race in a time of 1:40.12. Kenyon swimmers made three ‘B’ cuts of their own, including an impressive 1:52.62 in the men’s 200 yard butterfly from sophomore Jon Zimdars.

This week’s NCAC Swimmer of the Week, Bebe Wang of the Denison men, took third in the 400 yard I.M. with a ‘B’ cut and season best time of 4:05.52. Wang also won the 200 yard backstroke and took second in the 100 yard backstroke.

Other notable swims included a first place finish in the 500 yard freestyle for Kenyon senior Arthur Covoner, who touched the wall in 4:35.54. Denison senior Campbell Costly completed a sweep of the women’s distance events, putting up an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 4:57.46 in the 500 yard freestyle and bringing home first in the 1,000 yard freestyle in 10:20.43.

Up next for Denison is the Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio on December 1-3, while Kenyon heads to the Ohio State Invitational which runs from November 18-20 in Colombus.

Press Release – Denison Men

GRANVILLE– Denison men’s swimming & diving were sharp in their 173.5-124.5 victory over Kenyon College on Saturday at the Trumbull Aquatics Center.  The top-ranked Big Red won 10 events and logged three season-best NCAA ‘B’ cut performances.

One of those ‘B’ cuts came in the 200 freestyle as Stuart Hohm posted a winning time of 1:40.12 for the victory.  Walt Dauksher was second in 1:41.46.

In the 400 IM, current NCAC Swimmer of the Week, Bebe Wang, took third in the event but logged a season-best ‘B’ performance in 4:05.52.

Denison’s other NCAA cut came in the 1-meter dive where Brian Allen won with a six-dive score of 290.93.  Michael Burke was second with a score of 272.18.

In the 200 backstroke, Wang was the winner in 1:51.10 while Jack Lindell touched third in 1:53.12.  In the 100 backstroke, Wang placed second behind DU’s Jason Wesseling who touched in 51.46.

Max Howes was a three-time winner on Saturday as he swam on both winning relays while taking first in the 100 free (46.42).  In the 200 medley relay, Howes was joined by PJ Desmet, Jake Ball and Kenny Fox for a time of 1:32.87.  In the 400 free relay, Howes led off the race.  He was followed by Fox, Hohm and Dauksher who touched in 3:04.21.

In the 100 fly, Fox hit the wall first in 50.10.  Kymani Senior was third in 51.11.  Fox added a runner-up finish in the 50 free after a time of 21.20.

The 200 breaststroke was won by Ball in 2:07.93.  He also posted a third-place showing in the 100 breaststroke in 58.59.  Placing second in the 100 breast was Tiernan Foster-Smith in 58.56.

Aaron Saccurato finished second in the 200 fly (1:53.91) while Matthew Hedman (9:39.03) and Ben Burdick (9:46.95) went 2-3 in the 1,000 freestyle.

On the 3-meter board, Allen placed first with a six-dive score of 273.30.  Burke was third with a total of 242.78.

The Big Red returns to competition on December 1 when they travel to Oxford, Ohio for the three-day Miami Invitational.

Press Release – Denison Women

Powered by 12 event wins, Denison women’s swimming & diving rolled to a 192.5-106.5 victory over Kenyon College on Saturday at the Trumbull Aquatics Center.

Denison piled up nine NCAA ‘B’ cut performances at the dual meet. Seven of the nine provisional times were season-best performances.

Senior Carolyn Kane won the 50 freestyle in 23.75 and touched first in the 100 fly in 56.57.  Both times were season-best ‘B’ cuts.  In the 100 fly, Zoe Whelan and Angela Le tied for second in 58.16.  Kane also anchored the second place 200 medley relay along with Casey Kirby, KT Kustritz and Le in 1:44.60. In the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay, Kane led things off along with Kirby, Carly Olsakovsky and Gabriella Nutter to touch in 3:31.21.

Halli Garza won the 200 fly and the 400 IM, posting season-best ‘B’ cuts in each event.  In the 200 fly, Garza won the race by more than five seconds in 2:03.26.  She returned in the 400 IM in 4:31.44.  Second-place went to Erica Hsu who also recorded a ‘B’ cut in by placing second in 4:33.23.

KT Kustritz continued to raise some eyebrows as she improved upon her provisional qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke by hitting the wall in 1:02.98.  She also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:19.44.

In the distance freestyle events, Campbell Costley swept both events.  She recorded a season-best ‘B’ cut time of 4:57.46 in the 500 free.  She also won the 1,000 free in 10:20.43.  Second-place in the 1,000 went to Natalie Zaravella (10:31.33) while Hannah Rusinko placed third in 10:33.93.

Kirby was also a multi-event winner as she took first in the 100 back (56.91) and the 200 back in 2:04.68.  Erica Hsu placed second in the 200 back in 2:06.77.

In diving, Allison Fitzgerald won the 1-meter board with a six-dive score of 246.30.  Second-place went to Sarah Lopez (220.28) and Eva Vivero placed third (214.80).  In the 3-meter dive, Emma Weber was the winner with a score of 240.98.  Fitzgerald was second at 231.75 while Naomi Clayton placed third with a score of 220.95.

Denison’s top performers were rounded out by Alex Elizeus and Hsu who went 2-3 in the 200 free with times of 1:54.85 and 1:55.65, respectively.  In the 100 free, Nutter placed second in 53.48.

The Big Red will return to competition on December 1 when they travel to Oxford, Ohio for the three-day Miami Invitational.

Press Release – Kenyon Men

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Kenyon College‘s annual, early-season, dual meets with rival Denison University continued Saturday with the latest installment taking place in Trumbull Aquatic Center. The host Big Red used the home venue to their advantage and pulled away with a 173.5-124.5 victory over the visiting Lords.

On its way to winning 10 of the 16 scheduled events, Denison swept the two diving competitions, the two backstroke races and the two relay races. The Big Red also picked up early momentum by winning three of the meet’s first four events.

Kenyon’s lone win in those first four events came from freshman Connor Rumpit, who posted a first-place time of 9:39.01 in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Later in the meet, Kenyon proved to be strong in distance events once again, as senior Arthur Conover clocked in at 4:35.54 to claim victory in the 500-yard freestyle.

In between those two Kenyon event victories, senior Austin Pu and sophomore Jon Zimdars tacked on two more wins for the Lords. Pu did so with a winning time of 21.12 in the 50-yard freestyle, while Zimdars raced to a first-place showing in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:52.62, which cleared the ‘B’ standard for NCAA Championship qualification.

Kenyon’s other two event wins came from senior Ian Reardon and freshman Mick Bartholomew. Early in the meet, Reardon took the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.86. Late in the meet, Bartholomew outlasted Reardon in the 400-yard individual medley. Bartholomew won the race with a time of 4:01.33, while Reardon settled for second in 4:04.94. Both of those times also cleared NCAA ‘B’ cuts.

Next up for the Lords is a trip to Columbus, Ohio to participate in the three-day Ohio State Invitational. That meet will get underway Friday, with preliminary heats at 11 a.m. and final heats kicking off at 6 p.m.

Press Release – Kenyon Women

GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Kenyon Ladies had a few top performances but weren’t a threat to defeat Denison University on Saturday afternoon as the Big Red won 192.5 to 106.5 at Trumbull Aquatics Center.

Sophomore Abby Wilson had a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and later claimed a runner-up finish in the 50 free. In the 200, Wilson touched the wall in 1:53.11 and she completed the 50 with a time of 24.36. The Columbus native later swam a leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay, another event the Ladies claimed.

Fellow second-year swimmer Hannah Orbach-Mandel was also a part of a couple event wins. The Ladies opened the day winning the 200-yard medley relay as Orbach-Mandel, Summer Otazu, Laura Duncan and Hollie Hopf finished in 1:44.51.

In another relay, the 400 freestyle, Orbach-Mandel, Wilson, Zoe Toscos and Princess Vilan Ferguson-Nguyen  claimed the top spot in 3:29.40.

Orbach-Mandel also claimed an individual event title in 100 freestyle. She registered a time of 51.58.

Rounding out Kenyon’s best performances included Julia Wilson‘s second-place showings in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, Otazu’s runner-up spot in the 100 backstroke and Ellie Crawford‘s third-place mark in the 400-yard individual medley. Additionally, Sydney Matteson took third during the 200 backstroke and Duncan placed third in the 100 breast.

In diving competition, Madeline Carlson came in fifth in the 1-meter event and seventh in the 3-meter.

Next up for the Ladies is a trip back to Columbus for The Ohio State Invitational on November 18-19.



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6 years ago

CHYEAAA MICK!!! MA BOIIIIII!!!!! BOUTTA DROP A 3:45 at Kenyon Total Performance Invite like a BOSSSSSS

6 years ago

Bartholomew’s 4IM and Hohm’s 2free were big early season swims. Pretty sure those are the fastest I’ve seen in those events at this time of year in D3. Kenyon has had guys under 4:00 at invitationals around this time but I assume those are pseudo-tapered and/or suited swims.

D3 Supporter
6 years ago

The only caveat I would make is that the level of focus placed on academics and the level of academic rigor at a junior college may not be super comparable to most D3 schools. The whole purpose of D3 is for students to pursue excellence in far more than just their sport and other extracurricular activities. So, while there are many great D2 and Junior College swim programs, if those same people were placed under the same academic stresses and demands as their D3 counterparts…their performance in the pool may not be quite as strong.

I say all this only to point out that if D3 student-athletes didn’t have as much school work to do, they might be as fast… Read more »

Reply to  D3 Supporter
6 years ago

D3 is way faster than D2. Just take a look at the NCAA qualifying times.

DII Coach
Reply to  SwimFL
6 years ago

This just isn’t accurate. 10 years ago, yes, D3 was faster. Take a look at NCAA results. In most events, D2 is faster top end and has more depth. The qualifying time comparison is not the best. Both use an invitational style selection process, so qualifying times only tell a small part of the story. Look at NCAA meet results.

Reply to  D3 Supporter
6 years ago

In my experience as a DIII swimmer, that is true in many, but not all, cases. There are some athletes who choose to put in the extra effort (and valuable time) throughout the season, and perhaps more importantly, over the long offseason. From my experience – that’s the biggest difference between D3 and D1. D3 swimmers almost always prioritize doing something career-related with their summers, which almost always comes at the expense of swimming. At least that was the case at my school. That filters down even to the swimmers without jobs/internships/summer classes, who feel like they shouldn’t be swimming in the offseason either.

6 years ago

Kenyon may have had the record at the time but I believe Indian River is up to 41 national championships in a row (men’s) and 33 (women’s) so they would have that record now. And before anyone points out that they are only a junior college, I would like to note that all you have to do is look at their team records to see that they would be very competative with ANYONE at the D3 level. Many of their team records are faster than the D3 national records.

Reply to  Flswimmer
6 years ago

I believe the men’s team is actually up to 48 now. Definitely an impressive record

Reply to  Flswimmer
6 years ago

Step 1 – It literally says “at any level in the NCAA.” It’s a statement of fact that IRSC is not in the NCAA.
Step 2 – so you’re comparing the fastest single swimmer in each event at IRSC from a span of 41 years to the fastest current swimmer in each event at a D3 school? Sounds reasonable. IRSC is a fine program, and serves a fine purpose for athletes who need some time to develop athletically and academically between high school and college, but don’t fool yourself into believing that they’d be “competitive with ANYONE at the D3 level.” If IRSC were in D3, I would bet they wouldn’t have a single D3 team national title. Not… Read more »

Reply to  Koolaid
6 years ago

No I was comparing Indian River’s fastest ever to everyone in D3’s fastest ever. I just wanted to note that Indian River had an incredible record as well but since you brought up their ability to be competitive, I would like you to check the men’s 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay to see just how competitive Indian River would be at the D3 level. Despite my inability to think as intelligently as yourself, I believe I am justified in saying they would be competitive with ANY D3 team.

Reply to  Flswimmer
6 years ago

I’ll grant that IRSC has more titles, faster times per event record, and more titles. However, they’re pretty much the only game in town as it concerns the NJCAA. After the top 3-4 swimmers in each event at nationals, the quality drops off rapidly. The top 16 at D-3 nationals is much deeper than NJCAA, and for NAIA, for that matter.

On a similar note, the NAIA could claim that they’re faster than D-2 or -3. However, the NAIA is nowhere near as deep and they have fewer members (and decreasing annually as colleges go to D-2 or -3). The NAIA has much different recruiting and scholarship rules, perhaps why you see so many international swimmers at places like… Read more »

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Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor is a native of Fairview, Pennsylvania. Over the course of his 14 year swimming career including club, YMCA, high school varsity and college varsity competition, Taylor has built a deep understanding of stroke technique and preparation for success. After his 4 years of swimming at Westminster College he …

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