Men's swimming takes eighth at EISL Champs

by Richard Petty | 3/4/97 6:00am

The men's swim team finished its season with an eighth-place finish this weekend at the EISL championships. Tallying 216 total points, the finish put the Big Green one spot ahead of their finish the previous year.

The team opened the meet with a number of strong performances in the Thursday morning prelims. The highlight was the 400-yard medley relay as Jon Kenyon '97, Dan Concannon '00, Geoff Walford '99 and Doug Doucet '98 lowered the school record to 3:23.86, placing fourth.

As the lead swimmer in the relay, Kenyon also broke the Dartmouth record in the 100-yard backstroke, turning in a 50.52.

In the evening, Kenyon lowered his backstroke record once more, swimming a 50.37, as the 400 medley relay finished fifth with a time of 3:24.86. Kenyon also finished twelfth in the 50-yard freestyle, breaking the 21-second barrier with a 20.92.

On the diving board, Toby Hays '99 took fifth on the one meter board, followed by teammate Mark Devlin '98, who finished tenth.

"As a team, we swam amazingly," Assistant Coach David Kramer '96 said. "In my five years with the program, this is the best start we've had."

On Saturday, it was more of the same -- Kenyon leading the Big Green, racking up the points and busting records along the way.

In the morning prelims, Kenyon shattered the school record in the 200-yard backstroke by over one second. His time of 1:49.21 placed him fourth going into that night's finals.

On the diving board, Devlin took ninth place in the three-meter competition while Hays took third -- good enough to qualify him for the NCAA Eastern Zone Diving Championships.

"I'm very pleased with our performance," Coach Jim Wilson said. "Almost every swimmer had a lifetime best and those swims enabled us to finish eighth, our highest finish in eight years."