The Kenyon women are heavy favorites to take home a championship at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving championships, which start tomorrow at Miami of Ohio. Why?
Maybe it's because they are the defending national champions.
Maybe it's because they are the only team to qualify the max. 18 swimmers for the meet.
Maybe it's because they return four individual event champions from last year's meet, as well as three fully intact winning relay teams.
Maybe it's because they've already accomplished the feat an amazing 21 times.
The Ladies are gunning for their 22nd national championship. No other women's team in NCAA history - any sport - any division - can claim that many titles. They won 17 straight titles from 1984-2000 - the longest consecutive women's streak in NCAA history.
A title for the Kenyon women this weekend would also be the 50th combined swimming championship for Kenyon men's and women's swim programs.
Kenyon currently owns 52 overall championships - more than any other Div. III school: 21 in women's swimming, the last 28 straight in men's swimming and three in women's tennis.
One of the big reasons behind the success of the swim programs at Kenyon is head coach Jim Steen. He talks about his unique philosophy with Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch.
"Is there such a thing as too much success?" Steen asked. "If we took success seriously, I would agree."Championship links:
NCAC Championship Preview
Kenyon Women's Championship Page
NCAA Championship Site