GAMBIER, Ohio – Two weeks ago, Denison edged Kenyon at the season-opening Kenyon College relays. On Saturday, the Lords exacted their revenge and dealt the defending national champions a 131-112 defeat in dual meet action inside the Kenyon Aquatic Center.
It took the Lords a little bit to get going, but once they did they put together quite a run. The Big Red opened the meet with victories in the first two events before Kenyon was first to the wall in five-consecutive swimming events.
Junior Ian Stewart-Bates got the ball rolling by edging Denison’s Carlos Maciel in the 200-yard freestyle, 1:41.96-1:42.04. Stewart-Bates’ time was also below the NCAA’s provisional qualifying standard for the first of five ‘B’ cuts the Lords nailed on the day.
The freestyle events proved to be quite a boon for Kenyon. Senior David Somers took the 50 free in 20.78 and senior Zack Turk claimed the 100 free with a 45.75 finish, with both times good for a ‘B’ cut.
Stewart-Bates, Somers, and Turk then joined forces with junior Curtis Ramsey to swim to victory in the last event of the meet, the 400 free relay. Their time of 3:02.37 earned Kenyon’s final ‘B’ cut and was five seconds faster than Denison’s runner-up effort.
The Lords’ cause was also bolstered by sophomore Andrew Chevalier, senior Joseph Pysnik, and freshman Colton Spark. Chevalier took the 400-yard individual medley with an NCAA provisional time of 4:05.14, Pysnik was first to the wall in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:54.22, and Spark turned in a first-place time of 2:08.84 in the 200-yard breaststroke.