Division III Weekly Preview: Senior Days and Final Stretches

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This upcoming weekend is one of the last major weekends for Division III schools to have duel meets. The majority of Division III schools will have their last duel meets of the season this weekend if they didn’t already have it last weekend. Next week there are a few duels but the conference meets and last chance meets will be coming up once we hit February.

Division III power Kenyon will be hosting its senior day with in-state Ohio Northern and Ohio Wesleyan coming to town on Friday night before they head down south to face Division I Cincinnati Saturday afternoon. The Kenyon men have not won an NCAA title since 2015 when this year’s senior class were freshmen. The women have not won since 2009 when this year’s senior class were seventh graders. Both teams have a chance to take home NCAA crowns this season as they will finish duel meets this weekend.

Kenyon will have to do deal with defending NCAA champions Emory, who are swimming at Division I Georgia Tech on Saturday. Emory women have won eight straight titles and the men won their first title ever last year. Emory will finish up its regular season next week at Division I Georgia.

Other top ten team Wash U in St. Louis will be swimming Division I Illinois State (women) and Division III Wabash (men) on Saturday. The Wash U men are ranked seventh and the women ninth. They were both sixth last year at NCAA’s and the women could potentially knock off Illinois State in their last duel meet of the season.

(#24/NR) DePauw will host (#8/7) Chicago in a matchup between top 25 teams. (#5/4) Johns Hopkins will be hosting its own Blue Jay Invitational with visiting nearby Division I teams Navy and Towson. (#4/8) MIT will be hosting Division I Boston College on Friday as they will host their senior day next week against Amherst.

(#6/6) NYU will be hosting its senior day with Division II Bridgeport and (#16/NR) TCNJ will be hosting (#15/25) Rowan in another battle of ranked teams.

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