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Kenyon tradition alive and well

2015 Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving

by Jardyn Angell

After winning two NCAA Division III men’s swimming and diving championships in a row, some teams may feel pressure to win a third consecutive title. But entering the 2014-2015 season as repeat champions, coaches Jess Book, Andy Scott and their Kenyon College Lords were more concerned with competing consistently and improving as the season went on.

After overcoming injuries and illnesses throughout the season, the Lords found themselves in a familiar place. Heading into the final day of the national championships meet, the Kenyon men had accumulated 348 points and held an 88-point lead over second-place Denison University. And on the final day, they would easily hold on to win their third-consecutive championship.

The Lords won three individual events and two relays, with record-breaking performances from sophomore Arthur Conover and senior Harrison Curley. But the success was truly a team effort – the Lords boasted 16 All-American performances.

The national championship was Kenyon’s 34th in 36 years, tying the Lords with Oklahoma State’s wrestling program for the most team championships in any sport in any division. But the consistent success never loses its luster for Kenyon.

“Every championship is exciting because every championship is a whole new team,” Book said. “It’s wonderful to be part of such a tradition of excellence at Kenyon, but (each championship) is the only time that that one team will ever exist.”