Many Division III teams were represented at The Ed Kennedy Meet at the International Hall of Fame Pool in Ft. Lauderdale, just a few days ago on December 31st. Although the practices are some of the most challenging, the NCAA requires teams to compete in a meet during training trip. The Ed Kennedy meet are relays only and is swum long course. It is a good way for teams to come together and race, while coaches can see how everyone else’s trip has been going. This year, Williams, Middlebury, St. Olaf, Olivet, Carthage’s women, Tufts, Ohio Wesleyan, Springfield, and Macalester were the Division III schools competing in the meet. In addition to the Division III schools, a few Division I and II schools were also represented. All of the swimmers looked tired, which was to be expected, but still managed to put up some solid times.
Middlebury’s men’s and women’s team finished first in the 200 medley relays in dominating fashion, touching the wall at 1:51.57 and 2:08.23, respectively. Williams’s relays then won the 200 free relays in 1:57.43 (women) and 1:40.82 (men). Williams’ women’s team won the 150 butterfly relay, while Ohio Wesleyan came in a close second. Middlebury’s men touched first in the event. The St. Olaf women won the 150 backstroke relay, and Tuft’s men’s team just edged out St. Thomas by two-tenths of a second. The breaststroke relay provided another close race, with Middlebury’s women touching out St. Olaf by half a second. On the men’s side, St. Olaf won the event. The last event, the 400 free relay, was yet another exciting race, with Middlebury’s women winning the event in 4:14.40, just one-tenth ahead of Williams. However, William’s men’s team was able to pull off a victory, beating Olivet by two-tenths.
After the meet was said and done, Williams’ women’s team and Middlebury’s men’s team came out victorious in the Division II/III scoring. In the end, everyone celebrated with some mediocre pizza, but I digress. It was a fun meet for all, and is another unique aspect to training trip that bonds not only teams but the entire swimming community.