The last time the Kenyon Men and Denison Men shared the pool was last March at the NCAA Championship. What took place has been well covered, but as they say, it’s not about getting knocked down, it’s about how you react. The reaction by Kenyon was to put up some amazing times, despite Denison actually winning the meet. They have won this the last couple years though, so this isn’t the best predictor. The two teams combined for 6 meet records… Not bad for a meet with 8 events and records that date back nearly 10 years. While we don’t have splits, Kenyon’s 200 FR & MR times are already putting up consideration cuts with the 200 FR punching its ticket to Indy. They will improve upon them, but it is impressive nonetheless.
On the women’s side, Kenyon and Denison are racing to catch the Lady Eagles of Emory. Kenyon came out strong, winning the relay meet over the defending champs from Denison. Three records were set on the women’s side, this time all by Kenyon.
Speaking of Emory, they were in action against Division I foe, UNC-Wilmington. While both teams fell, it wasn’t without a fight. The impressive part for the women of Emory was not just that they kept pace, outside of diving, with the Division I team, but the number of young swimmers they put on display. A team with this much success is proving they are no flash in the pan but rather a team reloading year after year.
If we move east, we see that MIT is building a powerhouse. Their 200 MR was actually faster than Kenyon’s, already getting their spot in Indy, and the 200 FR was sub 1:25, with a couple options on B & C relays to make it even faster. While the Lady Engineers have built more slowly, they are making waves and already breaking 1:50 in the MR is proof of this.
Staying East allows us to check out an upset in the SUNYAC conference. SUNY-Brockport took 9th place on the men’s side last year and had an early season clash with the 4th place squad, SUNY-Fredonia. The meet came down to a single point with SUNY-Brockport coming out on top, in a Michigan State football-like performance. While the 400 FR decided the meet, the finger tip touch-out that won it late was really Ken Smith, of SUNY-Brockport touching out Andrew Case of SUNY-Fredonia in the 100 fly, despite trailing at the 50. All the diving could not push SUNY-Fredonia over the top.
In Chicago, the battle of the Chicagoland Division 3 powers ended with the Maroons of U of Chicago coming away with two wins. Youth was once again a theme with Chicago resting on their first years to come up for the win. Andrew Angeles, the country’s top breaststroke recruit, nearly got a B cut in the 200 breast with his PR of 2:06.9. For the women, Jenny Hill eclipsed the 25.00 mark in her first collegiate meet. These two youngsters will be fun to watch as the season progresses.
Out west, where Division 3 seems to grow stronger each year, more fast times and quality meets were swum. Claremont, Mudd, Scripps dominated the Logger Relays, with their women only losing 2 events, both won by Whitworth.
Meanwhile, Redlands hosted their own invitational. While slightly unusual for October, it did give us a chance to see D3’s top men’s recruit in the water. Jeff Depew didn’t disappoint, putting up a 1:56 in the 2IM and helping their medley relay to a 1:36, which shows they will be competitive to the end and rival the top 5 teams come March.
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