LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the seven-team Transylvania Invitational by over 500 points on the men's side, while the women's squad placed a strong third at the University of Kentucky Natatorium on Saturday and Sunday.
The Fightin' Engineers combined for 16 event wins and four individuals set school records in the deep team performance. The men's squad won with 1,210 points to outdistance Franklin (691) and Rhodes (354). Franklin (820) won the women's team scoring, followed by Rhodes (773.5) and Rose-Hulman (486) in the seven-team field.
Six individual school records highlighted the Fightin' Engineer performance. On the women's side, Bethany Lefeber set two school records in the same race and three in the overall weekend. She recorded a new 1,650-freestyle time of 18:12.45 and within the performance a 1,000-freestyle time of 10:57.76 to place second overall. She also established a new school record in the 400-individual medley preliminaries (4:44.91).
Men's school record performers included Dutch Kipp in the 200-individual medley (1:54.18); Ben Stone in the 200-backstroke (1:52.94); and Peter Venema in three-meter diving for 11 dives (488.35). Venema also reached the NCAA Division III Regional qualifying standard with his three-meter performance.
Rose-Hulman won a total of 16 men's events, including a sweep of all five relay races, to dominate the men's scoring. Four individuals won twice each to lead the way. Cam Gill won the 100-freestyle (46.66) and 100-backstroke (51.34); Kipp won the 50-freestyle (21.40) and 200-individual medley (1:54.18); Avery Krovetz captured the 500-freestyle (4:45.12) and 1650-freestyle (16:35.94); and Venema swept one-meter (382.10) and three-meter diving (488.35).
Other individual winners for the Fightin' Engineers included William Kemp in the 400-individual medley (4:08.20); Ethan Park in the 200-breaststroke (2:08.92); and Stone in the 200-freestyle (1:43.40).
Rose-Hulman showcased its team depth by winning all five men's relay events. The 200-freestyle relay team of Kipp, Tyler Sariscsany, Sean Gish and Gill won in 1:25.16. The 400-freestyle relay team of Kipp, Stone, Gish and Gill won in 3:05.85. The 200-medley relay team of Gill, Park, Patrick King and Kipp won in 1:34.47. The 400-medley relay team of Stone, Park, King and Greg Wenning captured top honors in 3:29.08. The 800-freestyle relay also earned first place in a time of 7:02.97 featuring Gill, Park, Evan Meredith and Stone.
The women's team performance featured a number of top-five finishes. Runner-up finishers included Lefeber with her school record performance in the 1650; and Michelle Reese with 397.90 points for the second-best all-time performance in one-meter diving. Reese also hit the NCAA Division III Regional qualifying standard with her one-meter performance.
Rose-Hulman returns to action at DePauw University on Jan. 12.