Kenyon swimming and diving took on their biggest rival not just in the NCAC, but also nationally, Denison University, on Saturday morning. The night before, the Owls hosted Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU). Many of Kenyon’s swimmers and divers won their events, and a few of them earned ‘B’ cut times for the NCAA Championship.
After defeating an easier opponent in OWU 206-28, the men’s team continued to dominate in the pool by crushing Denison. The score was 233-67, Kenyon’s largest win in their eleven dual meets against the Big Red.
On Saturday, Yurii Kosian ’24 earned a ‘B’ cut time in the 200-yard backstroke. He finished in first with a time of 1:49.29. Marko Krtinic ’24 also had a ‘B’ cut time in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing in first with a time of 48.32. “[Getting] a ‘B’ cut was a pleasant surprise,” Krtinic wrote in an email to the Collegian.
Kenyon women’s swimming and diving team defeated Denison University 183-117 after defeating OWU 196-25 the prior night. Overall, the Owls came away with a win that was never in doubt and extended their record to a perfect 4-0.
Jennah Fadely ’25 was one of the best performers of the day. Her time of 1:02:48 in the 100-yard breaststroke was the fastest in the NCAA Division III so far this season. Alexandra White ’23 also had a big day, earning two ‘B’ cut times. She won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.53 and the 100-yard backstroke, where she finished in 56.05 seconds.
On the far end of the pool in the diving competitions, Reigning NCAA Champion Division III Diver of the Year, Israel Zavaleta ’24 won both the one-meter and three-meter events with scores of 377.25 and 370.95, respectively. Katarina Ilic ’24 was the star of the show for the women, coming first in both the one- and three-meter diving events.
On Saturday, the Kenyon dive team will compete solo at Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.). The following week, both swimming and diving will compete at the Total Performance Invitational in Gambier.