Kenyon College Jets Ahead of Competition

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 8. KENYON College dominated the first day of the Women's Swimming and Diving Division III NCAA Championships. The Ladies won four of the six events contended to compile a score of 190. Amherst College follows in second place with 105 points, while Calvin College sits in third with 104.

200-yard Freestyle Relay
The Kenyon Ladies opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team swam a combined 1:33.08, with Elizabeth Carlton swimming the second leg in 22.72 to clock the fastest split in the event. Calvin was the runner-up in 1:34.07, while Emory rounded out the Top 3 in 1:35.48.

500-yard Freestyle
Kenyon dominated the mid-distance event, with four women in the final heat. The Ladies again topped the podium when freshman Danielle Arad moved from second place into first with a time of 4:56.56. The event was an even race at the 200-yard mark, as the Top 3 finishers flipped at 1:57. Arad captured the title when she pulled away from her competition in the last 100 yards.

Kelly Kono of Washington took home the silver in 4:58.17 when she edged Leigh Psaris of Emory. Psaris, who was the top qualifier this morning, finished in the bronze-medal position with 4:59.41.

200-yard Individual Medley
In the race for the gold, Kaitlyn Orstein held onto her first-place seed to earn the title in 2:03.13. Orstein had control of the race until the final 50 yards when Amherst's Brittany Sasser came back in 28.68. Sasser completed the race in 2:03.78 and took home the silver.

Kenyon earned its third medal of the night when freshman Tina Ertel hit the wall .01 seconds ahead of fourth-place finisher Meredith Nordbrock for third place. Ertel's time was 2:05.12.

50-yard Freestyle
Returning Kenyon to the gold-medal position, Elizabeth Carlton swam 50-yard of freestyle faster than anyone else for the second time of the finals competition. The sophomore posted a time of 23.15.

Seniors Becky Weima and Michelle Coombs were responsible for the remaining medal positions. Weima swam the sprint in 23.38 to finish as the runner-up, while Coombs touched in one-tenth later at 23.46 for third.

400-yard Medley Relay
Continuing its winning streak into the final swimming event of the evening, Kenyon captured its fourth title of the meet in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Carolyn Barer, Jessica Connors, Tina Ertel and Elizabeth Carlton swam improved their preliminary time by five seconds to 3:48.39 for the win.

Amherst picked up its first medal of the night when the women recorded the second-fastest time of 3:49.19. Denison followed in third with 3:51.79.

One-meter Diving
Erica Deur of Calvin garnered a first-place finish on the 1-meter diving when she scored 17 more points than her competition to win in 487.00. Doria Holbrook of M.I.T. dove a score of 470.10 for second place. Suny Fredonia's Kelly Sponholz rounded out the podium with a score of 426.10.

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