Total Performance – Day 3, Quakers Victorious

Dec 7, 2013

Of the eight events on Saturday night hosted by Kenyon at the Total Performance Swim Invitational in Gambier, Ohio, two of them ended in Steen Aquatic Center records for the women, and five for the men. The Pennsylvania Quakers topped the scores on both sides, taking first place with 2,412.5 points on the women’s side, and 2,592 on the men’s. The Kenyon Lords and Ladies were runners up, with 2,326.83 and 2,012 points, respectively. Johns Hopkins University trailed in at a distant third (1,376 for women, 1,185.5 for men).

The Quakers brought down both pool and meet records in the two events where records were broken. After helping out a victorious 200 medley relay, Rochelle Dong – a freshman for the Quakers – snagged her first collegiate pool and meet record in the 100 butterfly, swimming a 53.74 to beat the rest of the field by over two seconds. She was joined in her accomplishment by senior Shelby Fortin who broke pool and meet records earlier in the night, winning the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:51.21.

For the Ladies, Katie Kaestner had the lone victory of the day in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.59), but everyone pitched in to help Kenyon maintain its hold on second place. The 200 medley relay took the runner up spot to Penn; Mariah Williamson touched in just behind Fortin in the 500 freestyle (4:54.15); Syd Lindblom dropped almost five seconds in her 500 to pull out a sixth place finish (4:57.76); Rachel Flinn led the Ladies’ backstrokers with a 2:04.23 – good for 4th place; and Jourdan Cline turned in a 56.35 100 butterfly to take fourth.

JHU’s women might have come in third, but it didn’t stop them from taking down a host of their own school records in the process. Taylor Kitayama broke two school records, and Ana Bogdanovski broke one school record twice. In prelims, Kitayama claimed the top seed in the 200 backstroke with a 1:58.53 and a new school record. In finals, she kept her top spot, though touching with a 1:59.23 – still the third fastest time in JHU history. Later, Kitayama added the 200 IM to her list of record wins. She touched in at 2:04.33 to break a JHU record previously held by teammate Sammi Fox who placed fourth in the event at 2:07.57. Bogdanovski’s victory in the 100 freestyle was another school record – one she had broken in the morning already with a 50.40. In finals, she lowered her record further to 50.24 to take the win.

Hopkins closed out the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay as well, touching in at 3:24.27.

On the men’s side, the record count was just as impressive.

The Pennsylvania Quakers started the final session off with a pool and meet record in the 200 medley relay. The team of Dillion McHugh, Kyle Yu, Rhoads Worster and Eric Schultz touched first in 1:28.58 to claim the victory and the record. Worster took yet another pool and meet record combo down in the 100 butterfly. He finished at 47.70 in that race and was .02 shy of tying the pool and meet record in his 200 IM later (1:48.39). Chris Swanson had his 4:21.19 in the limelight while breaking the pool/meet record in the 500 freestyle, winning by more than nine seconds. The other victories for the Quakers went to Yu in the 200 breast (2:00.19), Schultz in the 100 freestyle (44.43) and the 400 freestyle A team of McHugh, Jimmy Jameson, Schultz and Worster who finished in 2:56.89 to win.

The final event record of the night went to Kenyon. Harrison Curley led the field in the 200 backstroke, finishing well over a second ahead of his next closest competitor to break pool and meet record with a time of 1:45.80. Trevor Manz also put up some impressive swimming, taking runner up in both the 200 breaststroke (2:00.68) and the 200 IM (1:49.83), as well as swimming legs on both the second place 200 medley relay (1:30.07) and fourth place 400 freestyle relay (3:04.08). The Lords also took advantage of their diving prowess where Brandon Roman and Derek Hoare went 1-2 on one meter with respective scores of 459.90 and 444.15.

While the JHU men’s team had no individual event winners the last day, there were quite a few runner up and third places. Andrew Greenhalgh took second in the 500 freestyle, touching in a 4:30.52. Anthony Lordi and Will Kimball were 2-3 in the 100 freestyle at 44.75 and 44.87, respectively. Their times were seventh and ninth fastest in school history as well as being B cuts. Evan Holder secured a third place finish in the 200 IM for the Blue Jays, touching in at 1:51.16 for the fourth fastest time in JHU history. To finish out the meet, the Blue Jay men fielded a relay of Kimball, Lordi, Holder and Ryan Cunningham to take second with a 3:00.79.

For complete meet results, click here. 


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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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