Every year, the all the swimmers in the NCAC are in the same place at the same time twice.
In February, that place is the high-pressure conference championships. Last week, it was at the relaxed Kenyon Relays.
This early-season meet is a nice one for the teams. "It might be a little intimidating but it's not because it's so relaxed," sophomore Clara Stemwedel said.
Oberlin's men finished fifth and the women finished last. But in the swimming events alone, the teams finished third and seventh out of nine teams. No divers competed for either squad.
Only a handful of events at Kenyon Relays are events at the rest of the season's meets.
Both Oberlin's men's and women's teams are facing numbers problems. The women have 16 swimmers, which is more than they had last year, but still not a large team.
The men have about a dozen swimmers, probably too few for a high conference finish this season.
"Everyone's swimming well," junior Wayne Miller said. "We just don't have a big team."
Oberlin swims again Saturday against an always speedy Denison team in Carr Pool.
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Volume 125, Number 8; November 8, 1996
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