Kenyon holds on to 58-point lead after second day of national championships
SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Kenyon finished Day 2 with its overall lead intact at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. The Lords captured three total national championships and swept through both relay competitions. Kenyon currently tops the charts with 286 team points with Denison trailing in second at 228 and MIT rounding out the top-three teams.
In the first of six events on the men's side, the Lords extended an incredible streak of NCAA championships in the 200 freestyle relay. The Kenyon quad of Ian Stewart-Bates, Austin Caldwell, Curtis Ramsey and Ian Richardson took top honors to win the Lords' first national title of the championships. Their time of 1:18.96 was only 0.90 seconds off the mark of their NCAA record-setting performance established in last year's championship. The win earned the team 40 points to their overall total and also lengthened the program's steak to 13 consecutive titles in the 200 freestyle relay, dating back to 2001. It is the Lords' 18th title in the last 19 years, and it is their 23rd event championship in 26 years.
Kenyon closed out the second day of action with a come-from-behind victory in the 400 medley relay. Going into the final 50 yards, Kenyon trailed event leader Johns Hopkins by nearly a full second. Stewart-Bates ran a flawless leg of the race to anchor the Lords and closed the gap before surpassing the Blue Jays' anchor, Dylan Coggin. He completed the comeback as the Lords edged JHU by 0.33 seconds, touching the wall in 3:15.39 for the national title. Jon Rooker, Jimmy Chapman and Alexander Beckwith all shared in the victory. For Rooker and Beckwith, the win represented the first national titles of their careers.
In his second event of the day, Caldwell captured his first individual national championship and narrowly missed the NCAA record in doing so. He raced out to a strong start in the first lap to create distance from the rest of the field and finished strong with a 1:37.01 finals time, just missing the national record by 0.03 seconds.
Despite Denison gaining a bit of ground on the Lords following the men's three-meter diving competition, the Lords secured their Day 2 lead with supporting finishes from the rest of its sprinters. Chapman took in a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly, only to be bested by MIT's Wyatt Ubellacker, who set an NCAA record in the process. Kevin Magee, Nicholas Charriez and Ryan Funk earned 11th, 12th, and 15th-place finishes, respectively, to garner 13 more team points in addition to Chapman's 17.
Stewart-Bates added a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle to his record. He finished 1.24 seconds behind event winner and teammate Caldwell. That finish marked his 19th career All-American honor before closing the night with his 20th following his part in the 400 medley relay win.
Andrew Chevalier placed fifth in the 400 individual medley for 14 team points while freshman Mark Newell placed eighth to give Kenyon an additional 11.
At the midway point of the four-day championship event, Kenyon sits atop the team rankings for the second day in a row with 286 total team points.