GAMBIER — The Kenyon Lords and Ladies each won all three events on Thursday night on the first day of their annual Total Performance Sports Camp Invitational at James A. Steen Aquatics Center.
After the first day of competition, the Lords sit in first place with 256 points. Carnegie Mellon University is right behind the Lords with 238 points while Ashland University and Davidson College are third and fourth, respectively.
During the men’s opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, Kenyon earned the top two spots. The “A” team of Ben Baturka, Kieran Allsop, Matthew Cooper and David Fitch turned in a first-place mark of 1:29.52.
The 1,650-yard freestyle race followed and, once again, Kenyon claimed first and second. Sophomore Connor Rumpit earned the top spot and “B” cut time of 15:44.00 while first-year Fielding Fischer registered a runner-up finish touching the wall in 15:50.17. That, too, met “B” cut standards.
Kenyon continued owning the top two spots in the final race of the evening, the 800-yard freestyle relay. Robert Williams, Gabriel Bellott-McGrath, Chris Rutter and Zimdars clocked an “A” cut time of 6:39.03.
Additionally, the “E” team, “D” team and “C” team followed in third through fifth place with a few more “B” cuts. Furthermore, the Lords will be able to use the aggregate four fastest flat-start times from teams A through D to add up to NCAA Championship qualifying times come March.
The Ladies scored 400 team points to jump out to an early lead. In the opening event, Kenyon’s 200-yard medley relay team powered to a first-place finish in a pool- and meet-record time of 1:41.89, nipping the previous mark of 1:41.99 set by another Kenyon quartet last season. This time around, the Ladies’ team consisted of Crile Hart, Julia Wilson, Hannah Orbach-Mandel and Emmerson Mirus. Their time easily surpassed the NCAA Division III “B” cut standard set at 1:44.32. Coming in second place with a time of 1:43.00, was the Kenyon team of Summer Otazu, Makena Markert, Myanna Cook and Zoe Toscos.
In the only individual event of the evening, Kenyon junior Marysol Arce cruised to victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Her time of 16:57.57 was another “B” cut for the Ladies and was a little more than six seconds faster than teammate Scout Crowell’s second-place time of 17:03.79. Kenyon swimmers ended up claiming the top-nine spots in the event with Kendall Vanderhoof, Claire Murray and Alexis Vetrano all turning in “B” cut times.
In the 800-yard freestyle, the final event of the night, the Ladies took the top two spots with each team ringing up a “B” cut clearing time. Winning the race in 7:23.18 was the squad of Delaney Ambrosen, Orbach-Mandel, Kanchi Desai and Cook. The team right behind them that clocked in at 7:26.19 consisted of Abby Wilson, Hart, Julia Moran and Amy Socha.
Following Kenyon on the final day-one leaderboard was Davidson College in second place with 175 points and Carnegie Mellon University in third place with 157 points. Ashland University holds fourth place with 115 points and Susquehanna University sits fifth with 114 points.
The Invitational will continue today at 9:30 a.m. with prelims and finals starting at 5:30 p.m.