GAMBIER, Ohio, December 6. Three individual NCAA A cuts, six pool records and dozens of B cuts headlined the second night of competition at the Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational at Kenyon College. Pennsylvania’s Rhoads Worster led the way with two individual pool records tonight, in the 100 back (48.64) and 200 fly (1:47.38), while Johns Hopkins’ Taylor Kitayama set a pool record and posted an A cut in the women’s 100 back with a sizzling 54.46.
Kenyon’s Harrison Curley added a pool record and A cut in the men’s 400 IM with a 3:52.47, while teammate Trevor Manz posted an A cut of his own in the men’s 100 breast with a 54.92. Two pool records fell in relays as well, as Pennsylvania’s men’s 400 medley (3:13.43) and men’s 200 free relay (1:20.02) both set new marks. The University of Pennsylvania leads both the men’s and women’s teams standings heading into the final day of racing tomorrow.
Kenyon Men’s Press Release
Junior Austin Caldwell had a quartet of top-three finishes Friday night and kept the Kenyon College Lords swimming and diving team in the hunt for the 2013 Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational title.
After taking the lead in Thursday’s opening night of the three-day Invitational, the Lords dropped to second place Friday, but trail NCAA Division I University of Pennsylvania by just 67 points. With one more day of competition ahead, the Kenyon men have a total of 1,330.33 points. Pennsylvania tallied 1,397.5 points and Johns Hopkins University posted 621 points to hold on to a distant third place in the seven-team field.
Caldwell got his night started by swimming a 19.86 on the second leg of the Lords’ 200-yard freestyle relay. He was joined by Ryan Funk, Percy Gates, and Joey Duronio. As a team, the Lords clocked in at 1:21.59 to place second and clip the NCAA ‘B’ standard of 1:23.30.
Two events later, Caldwell flew solo in the 200-yard freestyle and captured the title with a time of 1:38.04, narrowly missing the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 1:37.34. If that wasn’t enough, the Kenyon sprinter went on to take third place in the 50-yard freestyle. His time of 20.62 was his third NCAA ‘B’ cut of the evening, but he wasn’t exactly finished yet. Caldwell rounded out the night by swimming the anchor leg on the Lords’ second-place 400-yard medley relay team. He paired with Funk, Harrison Curley, and Trevor Manz to ring up one more ‘B’ cut at 3:18.84.
Caldwell was not the only Kenyon swimmer to win an individual event. Curley managed to get to the line first in the 400-yard individual medley, an event the Kenyon men thoroughly dominated. Following Curley’s top time of 3:52.47, which cleared the NCAA ‘A’ cut and set a pool record, Kenyon swimmers claimed the next four spots. Manz took second (3:52.87), Andrew Chevalier took third (3:56.37), Ian Reardon placed fourth (3:56.38), and Mark Newell nailed down fifth place (3:58.87).
Curley also added a third-place individual finish in the 100-yard backstroke (49.17), while Manz chalked up another Kenyon ‘A’ cut in the 100-yard breaststroke. He finished that race in 54.92 and claimed second place overall.
Other top-five finishers for the Lords were Christian Josephson in the 200-yard butterfly (1:52.09, 5th) and Alex Beckwith in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.56, 5th). Additionally, the Lords ‘B’ team in the 200-yard freestyle relay placed fifth with a time of 1:23.68. That quartet was made up of Austin Pu, Wes Manz, Kevin Magee, and Alan Magendzo.
Saturday, the third and final day of the Invitational, will begin with preliminary heats at 9 a.m. followed by final heats starting at 5:30 p.m.
Kenyon Women’s Press Release
Day two of the Total Performance Sports Camps Invitational, hosted by Kenyon College, allowed the Ladies swimming and diving team to distance themselves from the field while maintaining their hold on second place. On both the individual and relay team front, the Ladies posted a myriad of top-five performances to strongly represent Kenyon.
The Ladies loaded up on points in the 100-yard breaststroke, taking three of the top five positions in the A-finals. Katie Kaestner hauled in the win behind a time of 1:02.77, falling just 0.34 seconds shy of the pool record. Coming in fourth and fifth place, respectively were Laura Duncan (1:05.41) and Hannah Lobb (1:05.80). Kelsey McMurtry took the top spot in the B-finals, good for 11th place overall, while Hailey Schneider and Ellie Crawford placed 18th and 19th, respectively.
In speaking of hogging up points, Kenyon was well represented in the 200-yard freestyle relay by taking third, fourth, and eighth place. Jenner McLeod, Haley Townsend, Jourdan Cline, and McMurtry teamed up to haul in third place honors after touching the wall in 1:34.30. The team of Megan Morris, Kaestner, Lobb, and Mary Bank was next in line with a finish time of 1:35.45.
Back on the individual front, Rachel Flinn brought home third place in the 100-yard backstroke with a performance of 56.41 seconds. Morris also placed in the A-final, finishing 10th overall (59.08).
Mariah Williamson took home fourth place in the 100 fly, representing Kenyon with a 2:04.27 time off the block. She then came back and turned in a second fourth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley, timing out at 4:29.43.
Also in the 400 IM, Syd Lindblom placed sixth overall (4:31.59) and Crawford finished eighth (4:32.00).
In other notable performances, the 400-yard medley relay teams took three of the top 10 spots. Flinn, Kaestner, Cline, and McLeod teamed up for a third-place finish (3:46.55) while the Ladies also took home eighth and 10th place in the event among a field of 29 teams.
The women’s side held the one-meter diving event, where Maria Zarka took home silver medalist honors, scoring 449.03 points in her set of dives. She finished just 8.77 points out of first place.
Hillary Yarosh advanced to the A-final in the 200-yard freestyle, placing 10th overall (1:55.30). In the 50 free, Cline placed eighth (23.73) while McCleod placed 10th (24.05).
After two days of action, the Ladies (1,086) maintain their second-place position among a field of seven teams. They have distanced themselves from third-place John Hopkins University by more than 300 points, and sit behind first-place team the University of Pennsylvania, who has 1,381 points. Saturday marks the final day of the TPSC Invitational with preliminary races set to begin at 9 a.m. at the James Steen Aquatic Center. Live mobile stats and video coverage will be available for the preliminary, diving, and finals sessions.