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Denison Ends Kenyon College 31-Year Swimming Title Streak

Denison University's men's swimming and diving team has snapped Kenyon College's 31-year national championship streak to become the 2011 NCAA Division III Champions.

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Denison University’s men’s swimming and diving team has snapped Kenyon College’s 31-year national championship streak to become the 2011 NCAA Division III Champions. It was a close competition, as the Denison Big Red beat out the Kenyon College Lords by one point.

Athletic contests are decided by a single point all of the time. Whether it’s a buzzer-beating 3-pointer or a walk-off home run, the anticipation and the finality is part of what endears us to sports.

That’s all well and good, but can you remember the last time a national swim meet was decided by one point?

You can’t. That’s because it had never happened — until last Saturday night. And this wasn’t just any old one-point victory. No, this win ended the longest championship streak in the entire history of college athletics!

When Denison’s Spencer Fronk out-touched Emory’s anchor to close out the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Big Red lowered the boom on Kenyon College’s streak of 31 consecutive NCAA men’s swimming & diving national titles.

Read more: Denison.edu