No.1 Kenyon wins home invitational
Rooker takes 200 yard backstroke to lead the Jeffs
GAMBIER, Ohio -- Kenyon team piled up 943 points to finish off the two-day Kenyon Invitational with more than double the point total of their next closest competitor. Throughout Saturday's session at the Kenyon Aquatic Center, the Lords posted ten NCAA 'B' cuts and one NCAA 'A' cut.
Denison ended up in second place with 428 points, while teams from Ohio Wesleyan and Pace participated with just a few swimmers and finished third and fourth with 56 and 25 points, respectively.
The highlight of the day for Kenyon came from junior Jon Rooker who cranked out an automatic qualifying time of 1:49.17 to win the 200-yard backstroke. That time currently ties Rooker for the fifth-best mark in the nation this season.
Ian Bakk registered two 'B' cut times, which also turned out to be season-bests for the senior. He did so in the 100-yard (57.23) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:03.76) races. He finished behind classmate Lars Matkin in the 100 and finished ahead of sophomore Alex Beckwith in the 200. Matkin clocked in with a winning time of 57.13 and Beckwith clocked in with a runner-up time of 2:04.21.
Both Rooker and Matkin were also part of the Lords' 200-yard medley relay team that turned in an NCAA 'B' cut time of 1:32.75. The other two swimmers who rounded out that quartet were junior Curtis Ramsey and freshman Alex Hoffman.
Following that relay, Kenyon sophomore Rafael Contreras won the 400-yard individual medley with a 'B' time of 4:01.83. One event later, two more 'B' times were recorded as junior Nick Charriez and freshman Kevin Magee finished one-two in the 100-yard butterfly. Charriez finished in 49.86 and Magee touched in 50.45.
The Lords other two 'B' cuts came from freshman Wes Manz and sophomore Jackson Janezich. Manz cleared the mark with a winning time of 1:41.55 in the 200-yard freestyle, while Janezich turned in a top time of 16:09.61 in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle.