Feb. 5, 2009

Courtesy of Kenyon

GAMBIER, Ohio (January 30, 2009) Splitting up the squad Friday night, the Kenyon College Lords swam their way to a pair of wins. Part of the team racked up a 107-94 win over Division I Xavier University, while the rest of the team stayed home and put away the Wittenberg University Tigers, 136-99.

The results closed out the Lords' dual meet season with the team finishing at an even 6-6. The road ahead for the Kenyon men includes the North Coast Athletic Conference championship, which will be held in Canton, Ohio beginning February 12.

The Lords battled Xavier on the campus of Ohio University. They came away with five individual event wins and one relay win. Michael Mpitsos (Newport, OR/Newport) played a role in three of those wins. The speedy sophomore won the 50-yard freestyle (21.74), won the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.15), and swam the backstroke leg on the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:28.79).

The other three Kenyon wins came from sophomore Nathaniel Smith (Knoxville, TN/Central) in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:51.26), freshman David Somers (North Potomac, MD/Quince Orchard) in the 100-yard freestyle (47.66), and from junior Douglas Huguenard (Louisville, KY/duPont Manual Magnet) in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.19).

Back in Gambier, seniors Matthew Harris (Laurel, MD/DeMatha) and Will Misslin (Redding, CA/Bishop Quinn) set the pace against Wittenberg. Harris won the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.57) and Misslin was first to the wall in the 500-yard freestyle (4:48.25).

The Lords wound up winning 9 of the 11 events against the Tigers. They had eight different individual winners and were victorious in one of the two relay events. The only Kenyon swimmer to record a pair of wins was freshman Zack Turk (Strongsville, OH St. Edward), who was the quickest in the 100-yard freestyle (49.48) and also swam the opening leg for the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:40.78).