Day 1 Recap: Kenyon gains early leadMarch 15, 2007

HOUSTON, Texas -- Kenyon College holds a 29-point lead over Emory University following opening day action Thursday in the 33rd annual NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Houston's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.

The Lords, going for their 28th consecutive national championship, had wins in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:21.54, and from sophomore Eric Dunn in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:25.62, the first two events of the evening session.

But Kenyon's hopes for a larger lead were dashed by a disqualification in the 400-yard medley relay during the morning preliminaries. That championship was won in the evening by Johns Hopkins University in 3:20.21.

Grove City College got a one-two finish from Tim Whitbeck and Caleb Courage in the 50-yard freestyle, Whitbeck winning in :20.25. Also Thursday, Nelson Westby of St. Olaf College took the 200-yard individual medley in 1:50.84.

In the one-meter springboard diving event, twins Jon and Robert Dohring of Occidental College finished one-two, Jon winning with a score of 457.45.

The Division III men's championships continue through Saturday and are being hosted by the University of Houston and the Harris Country-Houston Sports Authority. The Division III women's championship meet was held March 8-10, also at the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, with Kenyon winning the team championship.

Results for the championships will be posted at and at

-- Courtesy Harris County-Houston Sports Authority