Pool Party

Hundreds of swimmers and divers returned to campus Sept. 8-10 for a reunion to celebrate the past, present and future of the sport at Kenyon.


A wave of 400 former swimmers and divers arrived on campus recently for an unprecedented reunion that featured a special evening to honor legendary coach Jim Steen.

Steen, who has won more national championships than any person in NCAA history, was inducted into the Kenyon College Athletics Hall of Fame in a celebration that included testimonials and appreciations from alumni. A separate Hall of Fame event was held to also induct Teresa (Zurick) Fish ’88; Sanders “Read” Boon ’03; Agnese (Ozolina) Butler ’04; and Andrejs Duda ’06.

Reunion activities included a chance to hit the pool — with current team members — and a networking and career panel hosted by the Kenyon Athletic Mentoring Program (KAMP).

Kenyon’s history of swimming and diving success is unparalleled. Steen concluded his Kenyon coaching career with 29 men's championships and 21 women's championships. His total of 50 NCAA team titles is, by far, the most of any coach in the NCAA, including all of its sports and divisions.

Overall, the men’s team has claimed a total of 34 championships and the women have 24. Both are currently led by Jess Book ’01, Lords and Ladies alumni head coach, Owls Swimming & Diving.

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