The Kenyon Lords and Ladies swimming and diving teams both won on Saturday afternoon, taking down the NCAA Division I Xavier University Musketeers at the James A. Steen Aquatics Center. The Lords showed great depth, as their 198-96 win was secured by nine different individual event winners. The Ladies won by a tighter 154-139 margin, thanks to their seven individual event winners and eight runners-up finishes.
For the Lords, Connor Rumpit ’20 was the only winner of multiple individual events. Both wins were in long-distance contests: the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events, in which he achieved times of 4:36.90 and 9:34.02, respectively.
David Fitch ’21 had a sensational outing with three collective victories. He posted wins in the 100-yard butterfly (50.07) as well as the 200-yard medley relay (1:30.46) with teammates Luis Weekes ’22, Marcus Hong ’21 and Tommy Weiss ’20 and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:05.89) with Hong, Weiss and Joe Black ’22.
Weekes, Black and Hong also finished with individual event wins. Weekes finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (57.23), Black in the 100-yard freestyle (46.81) and Hong in the 50-yard freestyle (21.02).
Other Lords wins came from Mark Lang ’22 in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.92) and Cheran De Silva ’23 in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.36).
Kenyon swept the diving competition, with Drew Albrecht ’23 winning in the 1-meter (247.20) and Mason Fishell ’23 winning in the 3-meter competition (300.00).
For the Ladies, Crile Hart ’21 triumphed in three separate events. Hart first succeeded in a relay with teammates Summer Otazu ’20, Makena Markert ’22 and Emmie Mirus ’21 in the 200-yard medley (1:45.18). She followed the relay with victories in both the 100-yard backstroke (56.48) and 200-yard backstroke (2:02.50).
Andrea Perttula ’22 also had a productive meet, winning both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.53) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.81). Her classmate, Myra Miller ’22, took first place in two events of her own, winning both diving competitions with scores of 152.10 points from the 1-meter board and 181.80 points from 3 meters.
The Lords and Ladies will return to competition this Friday, Nov. 1 when they host rival Denison University at 6 p.m.