Ohio State and Kenyon Combine Teams for Exhibition Intrasquad


  • Columbus, Ohio (OSU)
  • November 9, 2018
  • Results

DI Ohio State and DIII Kenyon took a twist on a traditional dual meet, combining their teams and then splitting into two mixed-program teams. Thus were born Scarlet & White and Purple & Gray in an exhibition meet on Friday, while some of OSU’s stars were busy preparing for the ACC/B1G Challenge in West Lafayette. Purple & Gray emerged victorious by the end of the meet on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Kathrin Demler was a big factor in powering Purple & Gray to the team win. The OSU junior has been a team leader this season, and she won three individual events. In the 175 fly, she was victorious by five seconds, going 1:40.58. She was at 1:25.54 at the 150 mark, so she was on pace for something in the 1:55-1:57 range, a very strong time for what was a likely unsuited race. Demler was 1:41.50 to take the 175 back, this time by almost three full seconds, and she rounded it out with a 55.57 to win the 100 IM.

On the opening 200 medley relay, Demler’s B relay 24.11 fly split led the field. Another impressive split came from Scarlet & White’s Hanna Gresser, a Buckeye sophomore. She split a 27.60 on the breaststroke, and she went on to win the 75 breaststroke (45.01) and the 175 breaststroke (1:57.31).

Two OSU men broke 20.0 on relay splits in the 200 medley relay. Brothers Mossimo and Teo Chavez, a senior and a sophomore, respectively, were 19.57 and 19.87 on anchor legs. Other impressive splits came from Ben Sugar, who was 20.99 fly, and Rj Kondalski and Colin McDermott, who were 22.27 and 22.17, respectively, on backstroke lead offs.

Henrique Painhas swam well for Purple & Gray, taking both fly events. The Brazilian national and OSU senior went 34.12 in the 75 fly with a 22.10 split at the 50, and a 1:30.98 in the 200 fly, going 50.44 at the 100 and 1:17.50 at the 150.

Kenyon sophomore Crile Hart had a few stand-out performances, too. The reigning DIII NCAA Champ in the 200 IM, 100 back, and 200 back finished no lower than 3rd in her individual events on Friday. She 40.44 for 3rd in the 75 fly and 1:45.60 to take runner-up honors in the 175 fly, finishing behind only Demler. Hart was also 24.76 on Purple & Gray’s winning 200 medley relay and she added one of the quickest splits in the 200 free relay with a 23.27 leg for Purple & Gray’s runner-up relay.

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5 years ago

They were suited.

5 years ago

What a joke. Kenyon can’t even compete anymore so OSU offers them an exhibition meet. Wow…

Reply to  Swimmer
5 years ago

Pretty sure even the best ever D3 team couldn’t compete with Ohio State, but sure go ahead and bash a great D3 program with decades of wonderful contributions to the swimming world if it makes you feel better about the team you support.

Reply to  Dan
5 years ago

Former great D3 program. It’s been run into the ground by their current coaching staff.

Reply to  Swimmer
5 years ago

Oof. Tough crowd. That’s like LSU football type of pressure…Kenyon men have won 3 NCAA titles, finished 2nd twice, and were 3rd once in his 6 seasons as head coach. Kenyon women have been runner-up 3 times, including last year.

Note that they didn’t win the title in either of the 2 seasons before he took over on either the men’s or women’s side.

You’re going to have to give a little more of a description of “run into the ground” to convince me. All evidence points to this being a personal beef.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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