Diving Gives Spartan Men the Edge Over Division III Kenyon


  • Saturday, November 9th
  • East Lansing, MI
  • Short Course Yards
  • Results



  1. Michigan State – 200.5
  2. Kenyon – 98.5


  1. Michigan State – 157
  2. Kenyon – 143

Michigan State swept the Division III Kenyon Lords in a dual meet in East Lansing on Saturday, November 9th. The MSU women handled the Ladies by over 100 points, while the Spartan men tied Kenyon in swimming points, but pulled out the win thanks to 1-2 finishes in both diving events.

In the women’s meet, Michigan State won 13 of 16 events, exhibitioning the 100 fly (not swimming for points) to forfeit another event win. Kenyon’s Racine Ross was the official winner in 59.32, however MSU’s Madeline Reilly (57.89) and Kasey Venn (58.09) were the fastest swimmers in the field but both swam exhibition.

Erin Szara was a force for the Spartans in the breaststrokes. Szara first won the women’s 100 breast in 1:04.17, leading a 1-2-3 charge for MSU. Kasey Venn was next in at 1:05.35, and Abbey Neveling was 3rd in 1:05.47. Szara went on to win the 200 breast, finishing in 2:21.27. Neveling was 2nd in that race, touching in 2:23.37. Szara also helped the MSU 200 medley relay to victory in the first event of the meet. Sam Villani led the relay off in 26.35, then Szara split 28.70 on breast (only breast split under 30), Venn split 25.11 on fly, and Allie Heineman anchored in 23.60.

Lucy Schenden led a tight race and 1-2-3 finish by the Spartans in the 1000 free. Schenden was first into the wall in 10:24.98, followed by Sarah Zofchak (10:25.26), and Liz Quarin (10:25.79). Shcenden got 0ut to a slight early lead, and held on for the entire race, finishing less than a second ahead of her two teammates. All 3 Michigan State swimmers posted season bests in that race.

Spartan freshman Emma Inch won the women’s 200 fly and 400 IM. Inch clocked a 2:05.28, matching her season best from mid-October. She then swam a 4:32.22 in the 400 IM, winning the event by around 7 seconds.

In the men’s meet, MSU’s Aidan Farley won an interesting pair of events: the men’s 100 free and 400 IM. In the 100 free, Farley touched in 45.89, which was good to win by half a second, although it was well off his season best of 44.48. Farley swam a 4:02.65 to win the 400 IM in a tough race with Kenyon’s Mick Bartholomew (4:02.97). Bartholomew led the race at the 300 mark, 3:09.68, to Farley’s 3:10.62. Farley then came home in 52.03 to Bartholomew’s 53.29. Kenyon ended up beating Michigan State in the 400 free relay, 3:04.75 to 3:05.14. Farley likely could have shifted that outcome had he swam on that relay. MSU’s lead-off, Austin Mills, split 47.35. Farley’s time from the individual 100 would have given the Spartans the win in the relay by over 1 second. Instead, Farley swam the 1000 free, where he came in 2nd to Kenyon’s Connor Rumpit. Rumpit swam a 9:29.88 to Farley’s 9:37.15.

Rumpit won the 500 as well, touching the wall first by 8 seconds with a 4:36.44. Kenyon also went 1-2-3 in the men’s 200 free relay. Tommy Weiss led the charge, finishing in 1:43.00. Mark Lang was in right behind Weiss, swimming a 1:43.04, and Takashi Kanazawa was 3rd with a 1:44.36.

Kenyon’s David Fitch won both the men’s 100 back and 100 fly for the 2nd day in a row (also won versus Ohio State 11/8). Fitch swam a 50.39 in the 100 back,  winning the race  by nearly a second. Fitch then touched in 49.02 in the 100 fly, finishing as the only swimmer in the field under 50 seconds.

Michigan State swept the men’s diving events with 1-2 finishes in both. Jakob Heberling won the 1 meter with a final score of 339.15, while Ari Wolfson scored 311.80 for 2nd. Heberling also won the 3 meter in 346.80, while Wolfson scored 339.40 for 2nd. MSU outscored Kenyon in diving by a score of 26-12. That 14 point margin is also the margin of victory for MSU in the meet.


EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State swimming and diving beat Kenyon College on Saturday. The Spartan men beat the Lords 200.5-98.5, and the Spartan women beat Ladies, 157-143.

The men took home eight first-place finishes and the women finished with 13.

“We had some pretty good swims and our divers really did well,” said head coach Matt Gianiodis. “Jakob Heberling broke a pool record and beyond that they really scored well. Our whole team swam really well, and I thought we did a great job. Erin Szara was a double win, which she usually is. All-in-all, the week we had and coming down here the day off we had great results and I thought the effort was there.”

Setting a new Kenyon pool record was sophomore Jakob Heberling in the 3-meter with a score of 346.80. He also took first in the 1-meter with a 339.15 score.

Five Spartans finished with two victories in today’s contest.

Junior Erin Szara claimed first in the 100 breaststroke for the sixth time this season (1:04.17) and also won the 200 breaststroke, 2:21.27.

Senior Allie Heineman picked up her fourth-consecutive win in the 50 freestyle, 24.19, and her second-consecutive in the 100 freestyle (53.17).

Picking up his third-consecutive 100 freestyle win of the season was junior Aidan Farley with a time of 45.89. He also finished first in the 400 IM, clocking a time of 4:02.65.

In both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, sophomore Jonathan Lee took first place with respective times of 57.47 and 2:04.74, respectively.

The freshman Emma Inch clocked times of 2:05.28 and 4:32.33 in the 200 butterfly and the 400 IM, respectively, to take first place in both races.

Two Spartans claimed their first wins of the 2019-20 season.

Senior Scott took first in the 200 butterfly, 1:53.04, while sophomore Lucy Schenden finished first in the 1000 freestyle (10:24.98).

Claiming her first victory as a Spartan was freshman Liz Quarin in the 500 freestyle, touching the pad at 5:09.93.

For his third-consecutive win in the 50 freestyle, senior Payton Woods clocked a time of 20.76.

Sophomores Lauren Biglin and Sam Villani finished first in their respective events of 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Biglin finished with a time of 1:55.87 and Villani clocked a 57.20 time.

The women’s 200 medley relay came in first place with a time of 1:43.76 from Villani, Szara, Kasey Venn and Heineman.

On the diving side, junior Amanda Ling took first-place finishes in both the 1-meter and 3-mete. She recorded her third-consecutive win in the 1-meter and second-consecutive in the 3-meter with scores of 318.70 and 277.70, respectively.

The Spartans are back in competition on Nov. 22-24 as they head down to Indianapolis, Ind. to participate in the Meet of Champions.



GAMBIER, Ohio – Michigan State University bested the Kenyon College Lords swim team 157-143 on Saturday afternoon at James A. Steen Aquatics Center. The meet was Kenyon’s second in as many days against NCAA Division I competition.

The Lords were led by junior David Fitch who was a part of three event wins.

During the day’s opening race, the 200-yard medley relay, Fitch teamed with Nick HongLuis Weekes and Tommy Weiss and posted a winning time of 1:30.94.

A few races later, Fitch won the 100-yard backstroke in 50.39 and then added to his victory count with a win in the 100 fly (49.02). Three other Lords attained individual wins, as well.

Senior Connor Rumpit continued his strong weekend by capturing first in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events. He clocked a 4:36.44 in the 500 and added a 9:29.88 mark in the 1000.

Additionally, Weiss’s individual win in the 200-yard freestyle came in 1:43.00 while Mick Bartholomew touched the wall first of the 200 back in 1:51.58. The Lords’ last victory came during the 400-yard free relay. Nicholas TongChris Rutter, Weiss and Marcus Hong competed that event in 3:04.75, which was 0.39 seconds faster than the Spartans’ A team.

Rounding out the Lords’ top marks including runner-up finishes from Bartholomew (400 IM), Kieran Allsop (100 breast) and Weekes (200 breast).

Kenyon will return to action from November 21-23 at the University of West Virginia Invitational in Morgantown.



GAMBIER, Ohio – Facing its third NCAA Division I opponent in the last two days, the Kenyon College swimming and diving team struggled to keep pace with the Michigan State University Spartans, who came to the Steen Aquatics Center on Saturday and defeated the host Ladies, 200.5-98.5.

The two teams squared off in 14 swimming events and two diving events. The Spartans came away victorious in all but three.

The Ladies got individual-event wins from junior Crile Hart and sophomore Racine Ross. Hart won the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:04.49. Three events later, Ross claimed the win in the 100-yard butterfly, which she completed in 59.32.

At the end of the meet, the Ladies pulled out a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Hart kicked off the relay, which also included Celina GermanAndrea Perttula, and Emmie Mirus.

Following up on those first-place performances, Kenyon received runner-up showings from Mirus in the 50-yard freestyle (24.55), from freshman Ania Axas in the 400-yard individual medley (4:39.48) and from Hart in the 100-yard backstroke (57.71).

The Ladies now have nearly two weeks away from competition. They will be back in the water November 21 for the start of the three-day West Virginia University Invitational.


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2 years ago

> “Michigan State SWEPT the Division III Kenyon Lords in a dual meet”

> only won by 14 points, tied in swimming, Kenyon had 4 individual event winners

Reply to  TOPLOT
2 years ago

“Swept” referring to “won both the men’s and women’s meets.”

2 years ago

Bring back the Mlive forums. We used to stomp on them hard there.

2 years ago

How is Michigan state so far below the other big ten teams (at least all the combined programs). Northwestern used to be gonna in their tier but that looks like it’s over. I know facilities aren’t great but other teams do way more with less. Are they not fully funded or what?

Reply to  Klorn8d
2 years ago

By combined programs I mean schools with both men’s and women’s teams. The women’s only big ten teams are in the same kinda league as MSU

Frankie 5 Angels
Reply to  Klorn8d
2 years ago

I think they have very few if any scholarships to offer

Reply to  Frankie 5 Angels
2 years ago

That seems weird. A big successful Big ten athletic department doesn’t have enough money for swimming scholarships?

Frankie 5 Angels
Reply to  Klorn8d
2 years ago

I believe it’s the same for their wrestling program. The doormat of the Big 10

Swim Baron
Reply to  Klorn8d
2 years ago

Unfortunately, this may be a growing reality in NCAA D-I sports. Swimming costs big $$ and generates $0. We need to be careful criticizing teams for lack of funding, and instead figure out how to help.

EMU Alum
Reply to  Swim Baron
2 years ago

MSU is fully funded on both sides. Their “program” and coaching staff are a complete joke.

Frankie 5 Angels
Reply to  EMU Alum
2 years ago


Reply to  EMU Alum
2 years ago

At least Michigan State has a program

MSU Alum
Reply to  EMU Alum
2 years ago

I would love for you to expand upon your “program” comment. As an MSU alum, I can say with confidence that my time at MSU was the greatest four years of my life. I am grateful for the opportunities that MSU gave me. Leaving MSU I dropped time in every event that I swam. To insinuate that the swim team at MSU is not even a program is a joke considering that it is coming from someone who has zero knowledge about the program. Also, please remember that none of us clearly went pro in swimming so it is important to consider academics when choosing a program. So considering that I was able to receive a scholarship from MSU, drop… Read more »

Reply to  EMU Alum
2 years ago

Just remember that an emu is a flightless bird…something to be proud of…