Another year, another record for a Kenyon relay. Last year’s 1:27.7 featured just 1 senior, though the aforementioned Zachary Turk won’t be there this year. That probably won’t matter, and it’s possible that their lone senior loss won’t either. He will be replaced by a sophomore who is a sprinter and has already posted the fastest 100 fly this year in D3.
Last year UWSP couldn’t make the big heat and lost their breastroker. This year, last year’s backstroker is their breastroker and they’ve got a new man up front. They’re the only team within a second of Kenyon’s midseason time, a time UWSP posted at WIAC’s this February. Depth may be against them though, as this event is deeper than any other and even sub 1:33 times will be sitting at home. In fact, 8 teams were under the 1:32 mark. Unless you have a giant KC on your purple cap, you won’t be able to take it easy in the morning.
Sleeper: Emory. The improved status doesn’t come from an all-returned relay. Rather, all 4 of the legs from last year’s 7 place relay have been replaced… make that upgraded. While their breastroker is very strong, it’s probably the biggest gap between them and Kenyon. With their improved legs and a December time to improve upon, Emory should challenge for, and in my mind get, a strong 2nd place.
Winner: Kenyon. Feel free to yawn at this pick, but I’m no dummy. They’re too strong and I believe poised to break their own record. While others can keep up with Kenyon on 2 legs (maybe 3), no one can match their depth. They come home stronger than any other team around and their breastroker is the fastest 50 breastroker in D3 history. Look for this one to be over early.