Check out this Buzzfeed post titled “26 Unforgettable Struggles Of Being A Swimmer” — you’ll see some familiar purple-and-white flags and Speedo-clad bods at #12. Yes, a GIF of a Kenyon Lords swimmer accompanies the entry “Going for a big start and bellyflopping” — whatever, sorry we like to work hard and play hard.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 32. The Lords earned their 32nd national title this weekend in Shenandoah, Texas, beating out Denison University by almost 50 points. The Ladies took second in the championship, beating out other powerhouse schools including Denison, Williams College, and Johns Hopkins University. That’s the big news of the week, but more on what the rest of our teams were up to below!
The Lords won the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, beating Denison University 499.5 – 428. The Ladies held on for second place with 483 points, behind Emory University’s 619 points and ahead of the Big Red’s third-place 363 points. Congrats to both teams and party on with that purple pride.
I’m back again and live from the C.T. Branin Natatorium in lovely Canton, Ohio, bringing you all of the action from the final evening of the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving championships. Heading into tonight, your Lords and Ladies both are in second place behind Denison University, and Anna Dunlavey and I will be here as the Lords and Ladies try to catch the Big Red. Follow all the action here, or watch the live video stream. We’re about to get underway, and the atmosphere here is already electric, with the cheers of fans and teams reverberating off the walls and creating something like an athletic aquatic twilight zone. Professor Timothy Shutt is at the microphone, the national anthem just rang true, and we’re about to get underway. Stay tuned for live results and commentary!
6:40 p.m.: The internet just went out, and in that time the first event of the evening, the women’s 1650-yard freestyle, began, with 3 Ladies participating: Mariah Williamson ’16 in lane 4, Syd Lindblom ’14 in lane 5, and Kiersten Bell ’13 in lane 6. More after the jump.
Kenyon swimming legend Tom Rushton ’01 was recently named the assistant coach at the Canadian National Aquatics Centre in Montreal. In an interview, Rushton stated that he was “very excited” to join the coaching staff. While at Kenyon, Rushton won four consecutive NCAA titles in the 500-freestyle and received Kenyon swimming’s Hall of Champions honor in 2001. Since Kenyon, Rushton has had tremendous success in coaching in British Columbia at the Junior Pan Pacific in 2012 and 2010, the FINA World Junior Championships 2011, the Nations Cup in Montreal in 2011 and the North American Challenge Cup 2010. So just in case you were wondering (you probably weren’t), members of the Lords swim team continue to be super impressive way past graduation.