On Saturday, the Kenyon swimming and diving teams soared to victory at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). The women’s team won 190-110, while the men’s team earned a 178-122 victory.
Eleven women placed first in their individual events. NCAC Athlete of the Week Ella Campbell ’23 (50-yard), Alexandra White ’23 (100-yard), Kira Bowling ’23 (500-yard) and Sarah Hoffman ’24 (1000-yard) were victorious in the freestyle events.
In backstroke, Lisa Torrecillas-Jouault ’26 won the 100-yard, while Caleigh Wukitch ’24 took the 200-yard. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Sydney McCallie ’24 touched the wall first. Jean Cook ’26 was victorious in the 200-yard breaststroke. In the 100-yard butterfly, Gwen Eisenbeis ’26 claimed first place, while Celia Ford ’25 won the 200-yard butterfly. Gabrielle Wei ’25 captured the win in the 200-yard individual medley as the final event of the meet for the Owls.
The men’s swimming and diving team won eight individual events. In the 200-yard backstroke, Djordje Dragojlovic ’26 was triumphant. Daniel Brooks ’24 finished first in the 50-yard freestyle, and Yurii Kosian ’24 won the 200-yard freestyle. The Owls also took home event wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, courtesy of Bryan Fitzgerald ’23 and Philip Howard ’25, respectively. Noah Hargrove ’24 wrapped up the swimmers’ wins with a first-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley.
On the diving board, Israel Zavaleta ’24 was once again on point, winning both the one-meter and three-meter events.
This time of the year, the team is doing their final preparation before the Conference Championships, which will take place Feb. 8 through Feb. 11. “At this point in the season it is all about focusing on the details, so that is something I want to keep working on as we get closer to conference,” Campbell wrote in an email to the Collegian. Zavaleta wants to work on how he thinks about his events. “I have been trying to stay more focused during meets,” he wrote in an email to the Collegian. “So working on staying present, and being more aware of my mental state is a part that I would like to improve on.” Brooks shares Zavaleta’s sentiment on preparation before his race. “It’s important for me and a lot of people to fine tune any pre-race rituals and race plans in order to execute during the championship meet,” he wrote in an email to the Collegian. The Owls will have one more dual meet — and their Senior Day — on Friday against Miami University (Ohio) at 3 p.m.