Kenyon earns 32nd national title after holding lead throughout championship
SHENADOAH, Texas -- The Kenyon men clinched the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving team Championship, the 32nd team national title in school history, with a combined point total of 499.5 Saturday at the Conroe Natatorium.
Defending national champion Denison finished second with 428 followed by MIT with 334. John Hopkins and Emory rounded out the top five with 316 and 280 points, respectively. The Lords’ title ends a two-year drought and is the first national championship under current head coach Jess Book.
Senior Ian Stewart-Bates kicked off the final day of the championships for the Lords upon winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 43.77. The Lords – led by Stewart-Bates, Curtis Ramsey, Austin Caldwell and Ian Richardson – would also lay claim to the title of the finale event of Saturday’s finals with a 2:55.07 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Ramsey noted how the Lords, who won both the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays, took pride in the event.
“We have a lot of tradition and it’s one of the reasons we love going out in the last event, we’ve been looking forward to it,” Ramsey said. “I think we came in with a lot of confidence and we’ve been able to repeat the success that we’ve had in the free relays.”
Grinnell junior Michael Brus broke the NCAA record in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:44.81. Brus broke the record previously held by Denison senior Quinn Bartlett, a time of 1:45.65. Previous record-holder Bartlett would finish third with a time of 1:48.08.
Even after setting an NCAA record not long before the meet, Brus said he was especially satisfied to set a new one at this event.
“I set one back a month ago but this one feels even better because it’s at the championship,” Brus said. “It’s fantastic, I have great support from my team back home and even a couple teammates that are here. It’s a great feeling to know people have my back, it’s just awesome.”
Denison junior and defending champion Allen Weik won the title in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:09.63. Drew Ledwith of Keene State finished second at 15:24.50.
“Distance has always been good to me, just kind of fits,” Weik said. “You don’t pick distance, distance picks you. I just trained a lot, a lot of distance and a lot of yards. It works out.”
Sophomore Steven Van Deventer of Occindental took the title for the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:58.60. Williams senior Paul Dyrkacz and Stevens junior Simas Jarasunas would finish second and third, respectively, with times of 1:59.28 and 1:59.86.
Kalamazoo diver William Guedes, with a cumulative point total of 572.5, took the title in the men’s 3 meter dive.