Kenyon Secures New Swimmer

Todd Proa Kenyon College

In addition to its reputation for swimming, Kenyon College is also known for its outstanding academics and beautiful campus.

When it comes to colleges known for their swimming, there’s one that comes to mind for me: Kenyon College, located in my home state of Ohio.  For years now, the Kenyon Lords and Ladies have been a respected force in collegiate swimming, winning championships year after year.  Their main rival through all of this is Denison, another small, liberal-arts school nestled in rural Ohio.  Every year, the two schools square off, but Kenyon almost always emerges as the victor in these matches.  To keep up their reputation as a leading school in swimming, the Kenyon Lords and Ladies have to carefully choose who joins their leagues.  But lucky for them, many talented young swimmers across the country are more than willing to join Kenyon, and become part of the school’s legendary swimming reputation.  Since they won their first NCAA Championship title in 1983, the Kenyon Ladies have secured 23 first-place finishes at the DIII National level.  For the past two years, they have been the runners-up at the NCAA DIII Championships.  And since 1982, no single squad at the national level has come in below fourth place.

Recently, Kenyon secured a commitment from a senior at California’s La Reina High School, a girl named Abby Chopp.  Chopp, who swims with Conejo Simi Swim Club, has been named to the Scholastic All American Team for 2013-2014, due to her outstanding grades (she has a 4.0 GPA) and exceptional swimming skills.  Chopp’s strongest event is the backstroke, which is great for Kenyon; four of the school’s top backstrokers are set to graduate at the end of 2015, and the Ladies could use some new blood from the likes of Chopp.  Chopp’s current top times are 57.82 for the 100 backstroke, 205.79 for the 200 backstroke and 27.61 for the 50 backstroke.  He long course best in these events are 1:06.18, 2:24.39 and 31.90, respectively.


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