Kenyon Men, Women Emerge Victorious in Dual of Top Ranked DIII Programs

Denison University vs. Kenyon College Dual Meet

  • November 6th, 2021
  • Trumbull Aquatic Center, Granville, Ohio
  • Short Course Yards (SCY)
  • Results on MeetMobile: “Denison University vs. Kenyon College”
  • Final Scores
    • Women: Kenyon: 192 – Denison: 108
    • Men: Kenyon: 208.5 – Dension 91.5

The Kenyon team drove 3o minutes south on Saturday to face off against their primary rivals Denison in a dual meet that featured the top-ranked team in DIII (Denison men, Kenyon women) on both sides.

The meet also had the number three women’s team, Kenyon, and number two men’s team, Kenyon, based on the preseason CSCAA polls.

The two programs are the most storied in NCAA Division III history. In total, Kenyon and Denison, who competed in the same conference, have won 24 out of 38 women’s team NCAA titles, while the Kenyon and Denison men have combined to win 39 out of 45 NCAA titles.

Women’s Meet Recap

The women’s meet featured number one ranked Kenyon squaring off against number three ranked Denison. Kenyon lived up to their ranking, running away with the meet with a final score of 192 to 108.

The Kenyon women came out firing, grabbing the top two spots in the 200 medley relay. The first-place relay, consisting of Olivia Smith, Jennah Fadely, Crile Hart, and Emmie Mirus finished in 1:44.70, while the school’s B-team finish nearly four seconds behind them in 1:48.01.

Denison came back in the next event, the 1000 free, with Alix O’Brien posting a dominant win over Kenyon’s Kira Bowling. O’Brien finished the race in 10:19.72, over 20 seconds ahead of Bowling. O’Brien also added runner-up finishes in the 200 back and 400 IM.

After starting the meet by helping her team win the medley relay, Crile Hart picked up a pair of individual event wins, grabbing first in both the 200 free and 100 fly. The 2019 NCAA champion in two events, Hart won the free in 1:53.74 before picking up the win in the fly in 55.59.

Like her teammate Hart, Olivia Smith secured a pair of individual wins after being a part of the winning medley relay. Smith swept the backstroke races, grabbing the win in the 100 in 57.14 and the 200 in 2:05.54. While there was no NCAA Championship in 2020, Smith grabbed the win in the 100 at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship in the 100, while also taking second in the 200.

Kenyon grabbed the top two spots in the 100 breast, with Jennah Fadely and Gabby Wei taking first and second. The duo, who are both freshmen on the team,  finished in 1:04.15 and 1:06.36.  The duo also finished first and second in the 200 breast, with Fadely coming away with the win in 2:19.86 and Wei finishing just behind in 2:20.67. Fadely was the North Carolina state champion in the 100 breast in high school, while Wei was a finalist in the 200 breast at the 2020 Champions Series meet in Carlsbad.

Ania Axas grabbed the win for Kenyon in the 200 fly with a time of 2:07.48.

Emmie Mirus sped to a first-place finish in the 50 free, grabbing the win in 24.15. Back in 2019, Mirus finished 4th in the event at the NCAA Championships. At that meet, she actually swam the second-fastest time of the meet, having touched in 22.97 during prelims.

The Dension women performed well on the diving boards, with Kerstyn Johnson winning on both the 1-meter and 3-meter. On the 1-meter she scored 227.03, while on the 3-meter her final score was 228.15.

Kenyon’s Sydney Geboy picked up the win in the 100 free, edging out Tara Culibrk of Denison with a time of 52.58.

Taryn Wisner secured the win for Dension in the 500 free by almost four seconds. Only a freshman, Wisner finished in 5:05.08.

While she fell short of the win in both breaststroke events, Wei was able to come away with a win of her own on the day, grabbing the 400 IM victory. Racing against Dension freshman Alix O’Brien, Wei finished in 4:33.00.

The Kenyon women closed out the meet with another relay win, with Alex White, Geboy, Hart, and Emmie Mirus touching 3:31.45.

Men’s Meet Recap

The men’s side of the meet saw the top two teams in the CSCAA pre-season poll faceoff, with the #2 ranked Keyon Lords coming out victorious over top-ranked Dension. Kenyon was dominant in the meet, claiming the victory in all but one event and finishing with a score of 208.5 to 91.5. For Denison, the loss marks just the second time that the team has ever had over 200 points scored against it.

Kenyon started the meet off strong from the beginning, grabbing the win in the 200 merely relay by almost two full seconds. The team of Yurii Kosian, Luis Weekes, Marcus Hong, and David Fitch combined for a final time of 1:31.03, easily topping the top Denison relay.

The Lords continued their dominance into the individual events as well, with Colin Bowling taking first in the 1000 free in 9:38.54. Bowling wasn’t done after his first win of the day, going on to also grab a win in the 500 free (4:41.42). He was followed in that event by teammate James Tracey, with Dension’s Christian McIntire rounding out the top three.

Bowling was the only member of the Kenyon team to double up on the day. Bryan Fitzgerald also secured two wins, picking up first place finishes in the 200 free and 400 IM. In the 200 free, get stopped the clock in 1:41.70, while he took the win in the IM in 4:05.91. Fitzgerald holds the pool record in the 400 IM, having set it at 3:51.60 in 2020.

After helping lead his team to a win in the 200 medley relay, Kosian secured two individual wins as well, sweeping the backstroke events. In the 100, he won by nearly a second and a half, topping Denison’s Chris Luus with a time of 50.36. In the 200 he led teammate Nicholas Tong by an even larger margin, winning in 1:51.27.

Luis Weekes also picked up an individual win after claiming first in the medley relay, grabbing first in the 100 breast by almost two seconds in a time of 56.95.

Grabbing the only win of the day for Dension was Richie Kurlich in the 200 fly. Kurlich, who was the 8th place finisher in the event at the 2019 NCAA Championships, touched in 1:50.90.

Joining the list of multiple event winners for Kenyon was David Fitch, who picked up a first-place finish in the 50 free and 100 fly. In the 50, he was the only swimmer that dipped below 21.0, touching in 20.62. He also was the only swimmer to finish below 50.0 in the fly, finishing in 48.74.

Israel Zavaleta swept the diving boards, winning the 3-meter with a score of 342.98 and the 1-meter with a  score of 334.35.

In his only individual event of the day, Aleksa Dobric grabbed the win in the 100 free. The Serbian national who represented his country at the 2019 European Junior Championships finished in 46.51.

The 200 breast went to Philip Howard, who won the race in 2:07.60.

Kenyon closed out the meet with a time of 3:03.62 in the 400 free relay. The team consisted of Kosian, Liam Sweeney, Joe Black, and Dobric.

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Andy
28 days ago

Something very odd going on here. Denison it appears not only did not try to win the meet, they purposely did not swim their “A” squad in most events. Just compare Dennison’s results against Cleveland St. to see the difference. These 2 teams have always tried to hide things from each other, but this takes it to another level ..

Swimmer
Reply to  Andy
28 days ago

No one is hiding anything. Denison has already had a taper meet and swam their best events, there’s absolutely no reason to “hide” their swimmers. People always wanna make excuses for bad performances, don’t try and over think this.

David
Reply to  Swimmer
28 days ago

Your very wrong when you say Denison has had a taper meet they might have been rested for a day but not tapered. This meet just shows how one teams needs an ego boost (KENYON) while the other puts their head down and grinds throughout the season.

Hugh Jkenyon Guy
Reply to  David
28 days ago

Sir, our ego boost came not from defeating Denison while rested, but from defeating Denison after getting absolutely ~destroyed~ in practice all week. I can assure you the destruction will be much worse when we taper and suit up. We didn’t rest one bit.

Other Swimmer
Reply to  Swimmer
28 days ago

Not to burst your bubble or anything here, but I havent heard of a top level team tapering less than a month into the season. I’m guessing you’re talking about the Akron Invitational, and from what I have heard, most Denison swimmers did not even suit up for the meet. Kenyon is definitely ahead for now but I think this will be closer than many people expect come March.

John
Reply to  Andy
28 days ago

I think you might be going cross-eyed reading between the lines here. I think as the other commentator pointed out, this was a rest meet for one team and not for the other. Curious which names you saw that were not at this meet.

Kenyon swimmer
Reply to  John
28 days ago

Lol we got rekt the night before and woke up at 6:30 to drive to Denison. Means nothing though. Still got work to do.

sorespot
Reply to  John
28 days ago

ok boomer

Nathan Smith
Reply to  John
28 days ago

Rest meet for one team? Hah.

Okkk
Reply to  Nathan Smith
28 days ago

First excuse was denison wasn’t trying, that didn’t work. Ok let’s think… maybe kenyon was rested? Maybe that’ll work come on guys let’s all think of more excuses!

Based Checker
Reply to  Okkk
27 days ago

Based

Mason
Reply to  John
28 days ago

Kenyon did not rest qwag

Wack
Reply to  John
28 days ago

You think lifting 495 for deadlift and 315 front squat the day before counts as taper for Kenyon?

D4 swimmer
Reply to  Wack
28 days ago

Ya but I heard John Hopkins and Emory were lifting 505 and 325…

505 Deadlifter
Reply to  D4 swimmer
28 days ago

This is true. This was me.

Based Checker
Reply to  505 Deadlifter
27 days ago

Based

Scotty P
Reply to  Wack
28 days ago

It would if your name is Chris Bumstead. He’s probabaly not swimming very fast though.

Based Checker
Reply to  Scotty P
27 days ago

Not based

Joseph
Reply to  Andy
28 days ago

Nah I think their A squad just got bombed by a bunch of kenyon folks who got railed at practice on Friday night. Maybe if Denison cries about it they’ll swim faster at conference

Metalonthefly
Reply to  Andy
28 days ago

Denison has not competed against Cleveland St.

Andy
Reply to  Andy
27 days ago

my bad–Denison swam Xavier, not Cleveland St. (Kenyon swam Cleveland St). I stick by my comment–check out the Denison-Xavier results and compare them to this meet. Denison (men) could have won this meet if they brought their A game. https://denisonbigred.com/documents/2021/10/30/Denison_vs_Xavier_10_30_21_Results.pdf

Swimmer
Reply to  Andy
27 days ago

Actually, scoring Denison’s times from the Denison vs. Xavier dual against Kenyon’s times from the Denison vs. Kenyon dual still has Kenyon winning 161-65 men and 154-72 women, although I know your point was just about the men. Unfortunately these scores aren’t including results from 1M diving, 3M diving, IM, or the free relay since the Denison-Xavier dual didn’t appear to have diving results and the two meets had different distances of IM and free relay (Xavier meet had 200 IM and 200 free relay while Kenyon meet had 400 IM and 400 free relay). However, it doesn’t even matter that these events are missing, since it wouldn’t be possible for Denison to win the “meet” even if they scored… Read more »

Swimmaboy
28 days ago

@emory swim and dive

Greg D.
Reply to  Swimmaboy
28 days ago

How have they been?

ACC
Reply to  Swimmaboy
28 days ago
Mike
Reply to  ACC
28 days ago

Are you trying to quote a preseason poll?? Lol

Swimma boy
28 days ago

@ Emory Swimming and Diving

Mr. F
28 days ago

Meanwhile Johns Hopkins has put up better times than both programs.

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  Mr. F
28 days ago

Max split 52.58 on the 400 Medley Relay a week ago. Caspar Corbeau and Noah Nichols both split 52.4 at the Texas/Virginia dual meet. Scott’s got a great team this year.

elyk
Reply to  Say's Phoebe
28 days ago

Don’t forget about 23.7 on the 2 medley relay a few weeks ago

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  elyk
28 days ago

I missed that one. But regarding the meet at Loyola, I’ve got to think that GK was pretty psyched to see the way the team is racing.

Swim
Reply to  Mr. F
28 days ago

I think you forgot to mention that John Hopkins has already had a rest meet while kenyon has only had 2 dual meets. Thanks for the input tho.

Mr. F
Reply to  Swim
28 days ago

Their rest meet is the Bruno invite at Brown in December……meanwhile they’ve swam all D1 teams and have won 5 of 7. Thanks for the input tho

Last edited 28 days ago by Mr. F
Nathan Smith
Reply to  Mr. F
28 days ago

JHU’s schedule is always a bunch of D1 teams. Location has a lack of quality D3 talent in the area.

swim
Reply to  Mr. F
28 days ago

You seem to know so much about JH but forgot about the Thomas Murphy Invite? last time I checked all the John Hopkins times were from suited up races. Your only argument is that JH has faster times while wearing tech suits, suprising how that would work. Thanks for the input.

Nahhh
Reply to  swim
28 days ago

Not all suited

Mr. F
Reply to  swim
28 days ago

Last time I checked there is no school out there named John Hopkins

swimmer
Reply to  Mr. F
28 days ago

more like 3 of 6…beat UMBC, William and Mary and Towson but lost to Delaware, Navy, and Loyola

AWF
Reply to  Swim
28 days ago

Aye bruh respect the s

Eric
Reply to  Swim
28 days ago

Hopkins swimmer here. We haven’t rested for a single meet this season yet.

Last edited 28 days ago by Eric
ACC
Reply to  Eric
28 days ago

Didn’t y’all wear suits for the Thomas Murphy Invite?

Nahhh
Reply to  ACC
28 days ago

Not everyone was suited

Eric
Reply to  ACC
28 days ago

Yeah we did, because both us and Loyola wanted to suit. Suited doesn’t mean rested though.

Goob
Reply to  Eric
28 days ago

Rest or no rest who cares? What tech suit did you wear tho???

Based Checker
Reply to  Eric
27 days ago

Not based

Based Checker
Reply to  Swim
27 days ago

Not based

Goob
28 days ago

But but but… denison wasn’t Trying!! (Insert bullsh*t excuse as to why kenyon won’t win nationals this year)

Ferb
28 days ago

I was going to comment how silly it is to argue who has the best team at this point in the season, but I guess the more people engage in discussion & debate, the more SwimSwam will give us D-3 coverage.

Last edited 28 days ago by Ferb
Stinky
Reply to  Ferb
28 days ago

Perfect point and counterpoint all in one sentence.

Based Checker
Reply to  Ferb
27 days ago

Based

Say's Phoebe
28 days ago

Kenyon hosts their own invitational Nov 18-20.
Emory goes to Denison for the Denison Invitational on Dec 2-4.
Hopkins swims at the Big Al Invitational (Princeton) Dec 2-4.
I don’t think Williams has a rest meet this fall; they don’t have an invitational meet on their schedule.

Division III is finally back!

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  Say's Phoebe
28 days ago

Correction: Hopkins at the Bruno Invite at Brown in December.

swimswamswum
Reply to  Say's Phoebe
27 days ago

The NESCAC (which includes Williams, Amherst, Tufts, etc.) is not allowed to start official practices until November 1st so most teams don’t do a mid season taper meet to continue hard training. However, Tufts usually suits up right before the winter break and Williams and Amherst typically throw up faster but unsuited times at their dual meet in early January.

ACC
Reply to  swimswamswum
27 days ago

It changed this year to October 15!

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  Say's Phoebe
27 days ago

It’s a little unclear on the Wash U website, but I think they will also be at the Denison Invitational.

J. Byrd
28 days ago

An interesting consideration this year is the addition of Grad swimmers. Kenyon & Denison don’t have a graduate school, so it puts them at a disadvantage to the schools that currently have 5th year swimmers

Eric
Reply to  J. Byrd
28 days ago

Isn’t David Fitch techincally a 5th year for Kenyon tho

ACC
Reply to  Eric
28 days ago

It seems like he took a gap year.

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  Eric
28 days ago

Marcus Hong is also a 5th year too, I think.
Joe Black and Bryan Fitzgerald were Freshmen at NCAAs in 2019.
On Kenyon’s website Black is listed as a Senior, Fitzgerald as a Junior.

Hugh Jkenyon Guy
Reply to  Say's Phoebe
28 days ago

Y’all b snoopin our roster? JEEEEZ

poolboy
Reply to  J. Byrd
28 days ago

5th year could be used at another school or if students don’t plan on graduating on time. Almost all of Kenyon’s juniors and seniors took a redshirt year last year

LoRDs
Reply to  poolboy
28 days ago

The students with an extra year at kenyon took an entire year off of school, they are not redshirts nor are they 5th years. They are what their class designates them as.

Mr. F
Reply to  J. Byrd
28 days ago

You say that like being a grad student at Hopkins or Emory while balancing athletics is inherently easier than being an undergrad else where?