Kenyon College Roundup
GRANVILLE—The Kenyon Lords and Ladies lead the 2018 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships after the first night of competition on Wednesday night at the Trumbull Aquatics Center on the campus of Denison University.
The Ladies accumulated 70 total points after winning the 800 free relay with an NCAC-record time of 7:24.71, while the Lords sit in first place with 151 points thanks in part to a first-place finish in the diving well and a second-place showing in the 800 free relay.
The Ladies’ team of junior Abby Wilson, freshman Myanna Cook, freshman Claire Murray and junior Hannah Orbach-Mandel not only surpassed the NCAA “B” cut standard with a winning time of 7:24.71, their time was two seconds faster than the NCAC’s previous meet record of 7:26.31 set in 2016 by another Kenyon Ladies team that included Wilson and Orbach-Mandel.
In the diving well, Lords’ junior Ryder Sammons logged a 60.0 on his final dive of the night on the three-meter board to edge out Wabash junior Aaron Embree for the league title by a 456.30-444.50 margin. Sammons not only helped the Lords elevate into the top spot in the team standings after night one, but he also became the first Lords’ diver to win a diving event at the NCAC Championships since Derek Zurn swept both boards in 1997.
Denison is second overall in the women’s standings after night one with 62 points, followed by DePauw (60), Wooster (58), Allegheny (56), Oberlin (54), Wittenberg (52), Ohio Wesleyan (50) and Hiram (48). On the men’s side, Allegheny sits in second with 103 points, followed by DePauw (90), Wabash (89), Ohio Wesleyan (82), Denison (70), Wooster (56), Oberlin (52), Wittenberg (48) and Hiram (44).
The competition continues through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10 a.m. both days, and finals begin at 6:30 p.m.
Wooster 81, Kenyon 79
WOOSTER— The College of Wooster erased a 15-point deficit over the final 12 minutes of the game and defeated Kenyon College 81-79 on Wednesday night in a North Coast Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest at Timken Gymnasium.
Wooster improved to 20-4 and 14-3 in NCAC play while Kenyon dropped to 7-17 and 4-13 in the conference.
Matt Shifrin led the Lords as he tied his career high with 23 points. He hit 6-of-9 from deep in the process. Ben Stern added 11 points while Phillip Crampton came off the bench to contribute 10. A total of nine players scored as least five points for Kenyon who shot 65 percent from three-point range tying the third-highest mark in program history.
In the second half, the Lords ballooned their lead to as many as 15 points on three separate occasions. Their last came at 12:10 after Alex Laub hit a free throw bringing the score to 55-40.
At the 8:28 mark, Kenyon still led by double digits, 65-55, after senior Alexander Powell scored a layup. That’s when Wooster began to make its run.
Over the next 5:56, the No. 16-ranked Fighting Scots mounted a 14-4 run to tie the game.
With the score tied, Crampton hit a fade away jumper from the left block to push Kenyon back in front 71-69. However, two Wooster possessions later saw Danyon Hempy hit a contested three from the corner. Down by one, 72-71, the Lords turned the ball over on their next two possessions and watched as Wooster scored another basket to move ahead 74-71.
The Lords were not able to overcome those turnovers as the Fighting Scots hit some free throws down the stretch to aid in their win.
Next on the schedule for Kenyon is Senior Day on Saturday at 3 p.m. against Hiram College at Tomsich Arena.
Kenyon 77, Wooster 60
WOOSTER— Four Ladies rang up double-digit scoring totals Wednesday evening as the Kenyon College women’s basketball team cruised to a 77-60 North Coast Athletic Conference win at The College of Wooster.
During the win, the Ladies recorded team, season-highs for points scored (77), field goals (30) and three-point field goals (14). Junior Sharon Hull led the way with 21 points, while senior Griffin Tullis tossed in 19. Both those outputs were single-game career bests. Junior Jessica Gerber added 14 points and sophomore Paige Matijasich chipped in with 10.
The Ladies’ total of 14 3-pointers was the third-best, single-game team mark in program history and the best mark since 15 threes fell in a game at Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Dec. 31, 2013. Hull was 5-for-9 from long range against the Scots. Gerber was 4-for-9, while Tullis and Matijasich combined to sink the other five treys for the Ladies.
Overall, the Kenyon women shot 47.6 percent (30-for-63), 38.9 percent (14-for-36) from three-point territory and a perfect 100 percent (3-for-3) at the free throw line. They piled up 20 assists, with Gerber responsible for seven of them.
Matijasich snared 10 rebounds to give Kenyon a slight edge on the boards, as well as to record her second double-double of the season.
Wooster, led by Sarah Rapacz’s 15 points, outscored Kenyon, 21-9, in the fourth quarter to bring its final deficit down to 17.
The win bumped Kenyon’s overall record to 19-5 and left the Ladies on the doorstep of their seventh 20-win season in program history. In terms of the conference race, the Ladies, who already secured one of the top-four postseason tournament bids, are now 12-3 and in third place.
Kenyon has one more game left in the regular season, a contest at Hiram College on Saturday. Oberlin College, which carries a 13-2 NCAC record and sits in second place, plays at first-place DePauw University, also on Saturday.