Kenyon Bests Ohio Northern

Nov 16, 2013

On Saturday, the Lords and Ladies of Kenyon College hosted Ohio Northern University and won easily on both sides: 201-33 for the Lords and 201.5-37.5 for the Ladies. The Lords and Ladies each placed first in every single event on their respective ways to victory.

For the Ladies, the 200 medley relay beginning the meet showcased how the rest of the morning would go. Five teams competed for the Ladies; between them, Kenyon claimed the top four finishes. The winners came as the team of Rachel Flinn, Laura Duncan, Jourdan Cline and Jenner McLeod. 

Kenyon’s Katie Kaestner continued what has been a good season for her so far, taking first in both the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 53.41 and 1:56.39, respectively. She also contributed a leg on the victorious 200 freestyle relay at the meet’s conclusion, sharing the honor with Cline, Megan Morris and Hillary Yarosh. 

Other top finishers for the Ladies included Mariah Williamson, Natalie Parker, Hannah Lobb and Maria Zarka. Williamson took first in the 200 butterfly, posting a time of 2:08.23. Following her, Celia Oberholzer faced off against classmate Alyssa LaFrenierre for the top spot in the 200 backstroke; it came down to the touchout, which Oberholzer won, 2:11.02 to 2:11.35. In another close race, Parker edged out Flinn by in the 200 IM for the victory, touching in at 2:12.50.  The final close race of the day was between Kenyon’s Lobb and ONU’s Jillian Chapman. Lobb beat Chapman for the win, taking the 50 freestyle in 24.83.

As has come to be expected, Zarka shone in her role as the Ladies’ top diver, taking first in both one and three meter. She finished with a 250.95 on the one meter, and scored 278.80 on three meter.

The Ladies’ sole freshman victory came from the 200 breaststroke, where Ellie Crawford crushed the field, winning by over four seconds and posting a 2:28.25.

In another crushing victory, Syd Lindblom led the field in the 1000 freestyle from start to finish to easily capture first place in a time of 10:35.98. That was 19 seconds ahead of teammates Jacque Garcia and Amelia Loydpierson who battled it out for second and third, respectively, in the event. In other D-Krew news, Dru Seldon rocked the field in the 500 for the victory in 5:17.42.

On the men’s side of things, the Lords were just as impressive. In addition to winning every event at the meet, the Lords also posted the second fastest time in every event as well, and did so with only two athletes winning more than one individual event. Ian Reardon, a freshman for the Lords, claimed that special honor in swimming, taking home the titles in both the 200 IM (1:54.85) and the 200 breaststroke (2:07.10). Diving sophomore Brandon Roman took home the crown for both one and three meter, winning the former with 243.08 points, and the latter with 234.35 points.

A few other freshman stepped out of the woodwork to make news for the Lords. Austin Pu won the 100 freestyle in 46.65 and his classmate Trevor Manz took the 500 freestyle in 4:42.27. Manz also made it onto the 200 medley relay, putting together a victorious effort with Kevin Magee, Christinan Josephson and Austin Caldwell for a final time of 1:33.78.

Josephson took off on his own to capture the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:55.99, while his classmates Mark Newell and Percy Gates joined him in the winner’s circle in their own events. Newell took first in the 200 backstroke (1:57.82) while Gates claimed the win in the 50 freestyle (21.16).

The final list of individual victories that day belonged to juniors Harrison Curley who won the 1000 freestyle (9:36.48) and Joe Guilfoyle who took care of business in the 200 freestyle (1:45.47).

To wrap up a successful meet, Gates and Caldwell teamed up with Joey Duronio and Wes Manz to throw together yet another victorious Kenyon relay in the 200 freestyle, finishing first in 1:24.20.

For complete meet results, click here. 

The Lords and Ladies squads will split next weekend for competition in Evanston, Illinois for the Northwestern TYR Invitational and in Cleveland, Ohio for their dual meet with Grove City College.

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About Hannah Saiz

Hannah Saiz fell into a pool at age eleven and hasn't climbed out since. She attended Kenyon College, won an individual national title in the 2013 NCAA 200 butterfly, and post-graduation has seen no reason to exit the natatorium. Her quest for continued chlorine over-exposure has taken her to Wisconsin …

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