SHENANDOAH, Texas — As the 200-meter breaststroke concluded, Ian Richardson and the rest of his Kenyon College teammates looked up at the scoreboard to see where they stood.
Teammate Alex Beckwith’s fourth-place finish was enough. The Lords had clinched the Division III national championship.
“I think we were all really surprised,” Richardson told the News after returning from his team’s week-long trip to the tournament in Texas. “We didn’t think we had much of a chance to win. We didn’t do much talking beforehand. So, when we won, we were really happy, very surprised and relieved.”
Kenyon won the men’s swimming title for the 32nd time in its storied history. It was the first title since 2010 — the last of 31 straight championships for the Lords.
It was only fitting that a former Mount Vernon Yellow Jacket helped lift a nearby college back to national prominence.
“It feels really good,” Richardson said. “Right now, we’re all really tired. But it’s a good feeling.”
It’s an unusual feeling for the Lords to be chasing a swimming title. After 31 straight years on top, archrival Denison knocked them off their perch. The same thing happened last season; Denison repeated, and Kenyon was forced to accept second place.
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