GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Kenyon College Lords used the results of Thursday night's 400-yard individual medley to retake and maintain the top spot on the team leaderboard at the conclusion of the second day of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
With five qualifiers in the 400 IM, the Lords racked up a total of 63 points and claimed a 27.5-point lead over Denison University, a team that entered the evening session with a 14.5-point advantage over the Lords. By the end of the night, Kenyon had a total of 272.5 points. Denison stayed in the second place with 258 points and Emory University was third with 205 points. Rounding out the top five were Johns Hopkins University in fourth with 152 points and Williams College in fifth with 115.
Denison's Jackson Lindell was the winner of the 400 IM with a time of 3:47.63, but Kenyon swimmers grabbed three of the next four spots. Ian Reardon placed second in 3:53.59, Arthur Conover was third with a 3:53.89 and Mark Newell claimed fifth in 3:56.95.
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In the next event, the 100-yard butterfly, Kenyon senior Christian Josephson took seventh place in 48.61 and classmate Ryan Funk finished in 13th place with a time of 49.25. That was followed up by a 15th-place finish from Joey Duronio, another Kenyon senior, in the 200-yard freestyle. He clocked in at 1:40.02.
The thin results for the Lords in those two events made way for Denison to close the gap to 4.5 points. Kenyon, however, finished the night on a high note by winning the 400-yard medley relay. The Lords' quartet of Oscar Anderson, Trevor Manz, Josephson and Duronio clocked in at 3:15.20 to take the title. That title was the first for both Anderson and Josephson. It was the second career title for Manz and Duronio. The relay win also gave Kenyon 40 points, ten more than Denison earned for its fourth-place finish in the event.
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The other event held was the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Lords placed second in that race. The team of Funk, Gates, Duronio and Pu posted a runner-up time of 1:20.45.