INDIANAPOLIS — Wednesday’s two event titles and an impressive flurry in the 50-yard freestyle propelled the Kenyon Lords to first place after day one of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, a four-day meet taking place at Indiana University Natatorium.
Kenyon, which tallied 129 points on the night, got things started with a third-place finish from sophomore Andrew Chevalier. He claimed that spot with a time of 4:28.84 in the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Ian Stewart-Bates followed up with a seventh-place time of 4:32.30 in the same event.
Two events later, Kenyon senior Zachary Turk, who set the NCAA Division III record of 19.38 in the morning preliminaries, sprinted to his third title in the 50-yard freestyle. He won the championship heat in a time of 19.52 and was followed by classmate David Somers, who was trying to defend his title in the event, but settled for the runner-up spot with a time of 19.79. Sophomore Ian Richardson tacked on a fourth-place finish (20.26) in the event and junior Curtis Ramsey added a ninth-place finish (20.28). Those four results added up to 61 team points for the Lords.
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Denison University, the defending national champion, inched a little closer to Kenyon at the conclusion of the 3-meter diving competition. The Big Red had three divers combine to score 30 points, but the Lords maintained held tight to a three-point edge in the overall team standings.
In Wednesday’s final event, the 200-yard medley relay, Kenyon came out on top again and extended its lead over the rest of the field. Turk took on the anchor leg for the relay and finished off what Jimmy Chapman, Lars Matkin, and Somers started. The quartet cruised to a winning time of 1:28.86 with Turk splitting an 18.91 to wrap things up.
The two titles for Turk were his 11th and 12th of his collegiate career. He studied abroad last season and did not compete in the 2011 championship, but he now owns three titles in both the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay. Somers’ addition of the 200-yard medley relay title gives him nine for his career.