ROCHESTER, Mich. – Kenyon sprinters took center stage Saturday, the final day of the two-day Oakland University Quad meet. A quartet of Kenyon speedsters racked up three event wins, including two relay triumphs, and powered the Lords to a second-place finish in the overall final team standings.
The Lords’ talent and depth was most evident in the 100-yard freestyle, an event that saw Kenyon swimmers sweep the top four spots. Junior Ian Stewart-Bates was quickest with a time of 45.62. Seniors David Somers and Zachary Turk took second and third with respective times of 45.98 and 46.29. Sophomore Ian Richardson then rounded out the run with a fourth-place time of 46.64.
In addition to that impressive display, the same four swimmers teamed up to close out the meet with a first-place time of 1:21.94 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. At the opposite end of that last event, Somers and Turk opened day-two competition by each swimming a leg on the Lords’ winning 200-yard medley relay team. They paired up with junior Jimmy Chapman and senior Lars Matkin to turn in a time of 1:31.82.
Sprint events aside, Stewart-Bates went on to a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle. His time of 4:43.54 came in just ahead of teammate and senior Joey Pysnik, who took fifth place in 4:46.35. Pysnik then concluded his solid, two-day stretch by claiming third-place in the 400-yard individual medley. His time of 4:09.98 gave him his fifth top-five showing for the meet and kept him one spot ahead of sophomore Rafael Contreras, who gave Kenyon a fourth-place finish in the event.
Other top-five individual placements for Kenyon came from Chapman and junior Nick Charriez, Chapman took second in the 100-yard butterfly by clocking in at 50.60 and one event later, Charriez captured fifth place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.63.
Even with those stellar results in hand, the Lords could not catch the Division I host Golden Grizzlies, who won the Quad with 673 points. Kenyon scored 456.5 points and third-place Cincinnati logged 287.5 points. Ashland completed the standings with 212 fourth-place points.