Feb. 21, 2010

Courtesy of Kenyon

GAMBIER, Ohio (February 20, 2010) In the final meet before prepping for nationals, the Lords swimming team hosted the Kenyon College Invitational on Saturday in the Kenyon Aquatic Center. Throughout the day, the Lords snared five NCAA 'B' cuts, racked up 181.5 points, and finished third among 15 teams.

Denison University won the Invitational with 443.5 points and SUNY Geneseo was second with 262 points. Rounding out the top five teams were Wittenberg University in fourth place with 179.5 points and Ashland University in fifth with 130 points.

Only a portion of the Kenyon team participated and those that did were aiming to reach national qualify times, or to improve upon already established qualifying times.

Freshman Curtis Ramsey (Wilmington, DE/Charter School of Wilmington) made the biggest splash for Kenyon. He placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a 'B' cut-clearing time of 21.04 seconds. A few events later, Ramsey took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.69 seconds, good enough for another 'B' cut.

Right behind Ramsey in the 50 free was junior James Martin (Little Rock, AR/Little Rock Central), who added a second-place showing of 21.12 seconds. That time was also good enough to clear the NCAA 'B' cut.

The other two Kenyon swimmers to post 'B' cuts were sophomore Luke Sullivan (Carrollton, TX/Creekview) and junior Kirk Kumbier (Ann Arbor, MI/Dexter). Sullivan did so with a sixth-place time of 51.05 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle, while Kumbier made his mark with a fourth-place time of 2:07.63 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

All that's left now for the Lords is to sort out their qualifiers and prepare for the four-day NCAA Division III Championship meet, which will start March 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lords have won the last 30 consecutive NCAA Championships--a record in any sport and any division of the NCAA.