It’d be fun if this was a race to talk about it. Unfortunately, if we’re talking about winning the title, we’re not talking about a race. We’re talking about a lesson in sprinting given by Kenyon College. They won by over 1.5 seconds and only their leadoff was over 20.00. For reference sake, no one else even had 2 swimmers break 20.00. Yes, they lost Turk this year and yet they still manage to lead the pack by a full second with a time from midseason.
4 of the top 5 times, including the aforementioned Kenyon swim, were set in December. For those of you not familiar with how this works, that typically means people are putting all their eggs in the national basket and will be swimming fast in Knoxville. This is especially odd since none… NONE… of the other invited top 16 times were set in December.
Sleeper: Emory. Emory in a sprint relay?!?! What??? 75% of their 14th place relay would be eligible to swim on it this year and yet none of them were on the midseason relay that was over 2 seconds faster. Their women have figured out sprinting and now it’s the men’s turn. They’ll battle MIT for 2nd and I think they’ll get it. Not only will this be impressive this year, but it will be just a stepping stone to future sprint relay success for the Eagles.
Winner: Kenyon. They won’t get the record, but there isn’t much else to say about the team that, barring a false start, will absolutely dominate this race.