While it snowed in Gambier in early January, Kenyon’s swim and dive teams enjoyed the sunny beaches of Sarasota, Fla. before coming back to compete in Gambier. The trip gave the team an opportunity to recharge before the spring semester began. The Lords and Ladies now only have one more meet before the NCAC Championships on Feb. 9.
The annual trip did not include any official meets, instead serving as an opportunity for the Lords and Ladies to train, regroup and bond as a team. “I really enjoyed hanging out and cooking with the other girls in my villa and getting to know them better,” Kate Alexy ’22 said. Class dinner was a favorite part of the trip, according to Alexy. “[It] is always fun because we dress up to take pictures on the beach and then go to dinner as a class.”
When the Lords and Ladies arrived back in Gambier, both were scheduled to have a meet against Ashland University on Friday, Jan. 14. However, only the Ladies competed after the Lords’ meet was cancelled due COVID-19 complications. Both teams competed on Saturday when Kenyon hosted Case Western Reserve University and Ohio Northern University in a double-dual meet on Saturday, which also served as Senior Day. The Lords and Ladies dominated both weekends, but Saturday’s victory was particularly meaningful. “Standing on the bulk-head with my 10 other senior classmates for our last swim meet in the Lowry Center pool was so surreal and heartwarming,’’ Crile Hart ’22 said.
The Ladies continued their successful ways, winning 201-41 over the Ashland Eagles. Kenyon finished first in all 11 swimming events and both of the two diving events. A week later, they beat the Case Western Reserve Spartans and the Ohio Northern Polar Bears 216-84 and 248-48, respectively. Hart finished first in the 200-yard backstroke, while Alexy was first to touch the wall in the 100-yard backstroke.
The Lords produced similar results against the Spartans (226-73) and Polar Bears (239-51). Marcus Hong ’22 finished first in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly.
Hong was one of four men’s swimmers to win two individual events on Saturday for Kenyon, while Ania Axas ’23, who was named NCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week, was one of two women to finish first in two individual events.
On Wednesday, Feb. 9, the NCAC Championships will begin. Kenyon has a quick tune up meet in Oxford, Ohio this weekend, but this season’s training has all been leading up to the big meets in February. “We are hoping to carry the energy, enthusiasm, commitment, and drive that we had at the beginning of the season through the championship meets in February and March,” Hart said.