Kenyon Women Topple Division I Cleveland State, Fall to Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 26. THE Kenyon College women's swimming and diving team jumped in the pool with some big fish and reeled in a notable victory Friday night. Led by big nights from senior Hannah Saiz, and freshmen Mariah Williamson and Haley Townsend the Ladies toppled Division I Cleveland State University, 155-143, to earn a split at Ohio State University's tri-meet after falling, 168-119, to the host Buckeyes.

Saiz gave Kenyon the first of four event wins on the night in the 200-yard butterfly after clocking in at 2:05.70. Later, she took second in the 100 fly thanks to a 57.80 effort. Saiz also was part of the Ladies' third-place 200-yard medley relay, which opened the night with a 1:47.09 showing.

Townsend took one of the other legs on the 200 medley relay, and it served to catapult her onto even better results. She closed her night as the anchor of the 200 freestyle relay, which edged CSU, 1:37.78-1:37.88, for first place. In between the relays, Townsend claimed the 100 freestyle (52.80) and fifth in the 200 free (1:55.24).

Williamson provided Kenyon's fourth event win of the night as the first to the wall in the 500 freestyle, which she won by nearly eight seconds with a 5:03.90. Williamson added second-place efforts in the 200 individual medley (2:13.83) and the 200 fly (2:07.41).

Freshman Katie Kaestner swam for the Ladies' top relays, too, with a pair of top-five individual finishes in the 100 (1:06.60, 4th) and 200 (2:27.49) breaststrokes also to her credit. Sophomore Celia Oberholzer logged solid efforts in the 100 (58.67, 3rd) and 200 (2:11.03, 7th) backstrokes. Junior Syd Lindblom was consistent in the distance events with a fifth-place time of 10:42.36 in the 1,000 free and a fourth-place time of 5:17.40 in the 500 free.

Kenyon further benefited from the fourth-place points earned by freshman diver Maria Zarka on the one-meter board (242.50 pts.).

Men's Results:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 26. OPENING its head-to-head schedule against a pair of Division I teams Friday night in Columbus, the Kenyon College men's swimming team came up on the short end of a pair of decisions. At Ohio State University's tri-meet, the Buckeyes turned back the Lords, 178-104, while Cleveland State University claimed a 175.5-121.5 triumph over Kenyon.

The Lords ended the meet on a high note by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay, their lone event win of the night. Seniors Ian Stewart-Bates and Curtis Ramsey junior Ian Richardson and sophomore Austin Caldwell combined for a 1:22.58 that bested the field. Stewart-Bates was strong in early action, too, with a fifth-place time of 1:43.97 in the 200 free and a fourth-place time of 45.65 in the 100 free. Ramsey checked in fifth at 21.00 in the 50 free before finishing eighth in the 100 free at 47.10.

A couple other seniors buoyed Kenyon with notable swims. Jimmy Chapman was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (50.93) while Nick Charriez placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:00.44). Chapman also added a sixth-place time of 52.35 in the 100 backstroke earlier in the night.

Junior Andrew Chevalier notched a pair of top-five placements in the distance events. His best came in the 500 free, in which he hit the wall third at 4:49.82. That effort followed up his fifth-place 9:50.79 in the 1,000 free.

Sophomore Calvin Lutz added some consistency late in the meet with two fourth-place swims. He was the fastest Lord in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.53) and checked in behind Charriez in the 200 IM (2:01.04).

Kenyon is back in the pool next Saturday morning against rival Denison University. The Lords and Big Red shared the Kenyon Relays title last weekend in Gambier, but round two will take place in Granville.

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