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Ten to be inducted in Kenyon Hall of Fame ceremonies

GAMBIER, Ohio – During multiple celebrations this fall, the Kenyon College Department of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation will induct a class of ten into the Kenyon Athletics Hall of Fame. In unique ceremonies on September 8 and 9, former swimming and diving coach Jim Steen will be inducted, along with four swimming alumni. Then, on September 29 during Homecoming Weekend, the department’s traditional Hall of Fame ceremony will celebrate the induction of five more former standout student-athletes.

On September 8, the class of swimmers to be inducted will include Read Boon ’03, Andrejs Duda ’06, Agnese (Ozolina) Butler ’04, and Teresa (Zurick) Fish ’88. The next day, Steen’s induction ceremony will take place. The Homecoming Weekend class will include Cori Arnold ’03, Annie Brobst ’07, Alby Coombs ’07, Tim Keller ’89, and Perry Trinkner ’50. The full class of ten will be the 30th group to enter the Hall since 1988.

Jim Steen, swimming and diving coach

Built the premier dynasty in all of NCAA athletics and won more national championships (50) than any coach in NCAA history. Steen steered the Kenyon men’s swimming and diving team to 29 championships and the women’s swimming and diving team to 21. He coached 328 All-America honorees, 471 NCAA event title winners, 186 NCAA relay title winners, and 155 NCAA record setters. Steen was a 16-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III Swimming Coach of the Year, a 26-time winner of the American Swimming Coaches Association’s Certificate of Excellence and the winner of the 2012 CSCAA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cori Arnold ’03, basketball and volleyball

A three-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) volleyball player who set the Kenyon single-season record with 478 kills in 2002. At the time of her graduation, Arnold ranked third in program history with a total of 1,166 career kills. Her other career numbers that rank among program leaders include: third in blocks (508), third in hitting percentage (.189), fifth in aces (125), and sixth in digs (1,249). Arnold was also a two-time all-conference basketball player, who scored 733 career points and averaged 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game over her career.

Read Boon ’03, swimming and diving

A 25-time career All-America award winner who graduated with three NCAA records and four Kenyon records. From 2000 through 2002, he won three consecutive NCAA titles in the 200-yard freestyle. In 2001, he also won the NCAA title in the 100-yard freestyle, as well as the 200-yard individual medley. Additionally, he won 16 national relay titles, giving him a career haul of 21 titles, the third-best tally in program history. Boon swam a leg on four consecutive NCAA first place 400-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle, and 200-yard medley relay teams. He also claimed a pair of titles in both the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. 

Annie Brobst ’07, softball and soccer

A two-sport athlete who earned four letters in softball and two in soccer. At the end of her four seasons of collegiate softball, she exited as the program’s all-time career leader in hits (170), total bases (213), stolen bases (37), and sacrifice hits (33). She finished her career ranked second in batting average (.351), runs scored (97), and triples (6). She is one of only two Kenyon players to make the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region team twice in her career. On the soccer field, she played two seasons, earned two all-conference accolades and totaled 27 career points on 10 goals and seven assists.

Alby Coombs ’07, football

Kenyon’s all-time leader for rushing yards (4,350), rushing attempts (893), and rushing touchdowns (44). He also set program records for career points (278) and total touchdowns (46). He was a three-time All-Region award winner and three-time All-NCAC honoree, including a pair of first-team selections. He was team captain and team MVP in his senior season of 2006, which started out with him being named a preseason Football Gazette All-American. Three times Coombs was named NCAC Player of the Week and twice he was named to national Teams of the Week. He capped off his collegiate career by playing in the 2006 All-American Bowl.

Andrejs Duda ’06, swimming and diving

Nearly unbeatable at NCAA Championship meets, Duda piled up nine career NCAA individual event titles and 15 career NCAA relay titles. His total output of 24 NCAA titles is the best in program history. He won the 100-yard butterfly national title in three consecutive seasons and also won three titles in both the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley. He was a 27-time All-American. In his senior season, Duda was named the 2006 College Swimming Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year, as well as the NCAC Swimmer of the Year. In 2004, he competed for Latvia at the Olympics.

Tim Keller ’89, baseball and basketball
A four-year letterman in two different sports. In baseball, Keller won seven All-NCAC certificates at three different positions and graduated as Kenyon’s career leader in RBI (92) and batting average (.353). At the time, he also set the program single-season records for hits (43) and RBI (29). In 1988, he was selected to the ABCA All-Region team. On the basketball court, Keller played in 106 career games and scored 514 points. He led the team in assists as a junior (66) and as a senior (80). His career assist total (218) currently ranks 15th all-time at Kenyon.

Agnese (Ozolina) Butler ’04, swimming and diving

Earned a maximum of 21 career All-America awards in three years of swimming at Kenyon. During that same span, she won 15 career NCAA titles with four obtained in individual events and 11 in relay events. The individual NCAA titles came in the 200-yard freestyle (2004) and three-straight wins in the 200-yard individual medley (2002, 2003, 2004). She was a part of three consecutive NCAA wins in both the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays. During her senior season, Ozolina was a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and winner of Kenyon’s Falkenstine Award. She went on to swim for Latvia during the 2004 Olympics.

Perry Trinkner ’50, golf and basketball

Trinkner was the first standout golfer at Kenyon His career scoring average of 75.82 stood as a College record from his senior season of 1950 all the way through the 2018 season, a span of nearly 70 years. As a freshman, he was a member of Kenyon’s first Ohio Athletic Conference championship team and took medalist honors, winning in a playoff. Against Oberlin College in the 1948-49 season, Trinkner shot a five-under 67, which stood as the program’s best 18-hole score for more than 70 years. Trinkner was a four-year letterman in golf and in basketball. On the court, he played in 71 career games and scored 295 points.

Teresa (Zurick) Fish ’88, swimming and diving

Claimed 27 out of a possible 28 career All-America swimming awards. Only five swimmers in the program’s history have more. She captured 14 career NCAA titles, all in relay competition. That total ranks second-best in program history. She was a part of four straight NCAA wins in the 200-yard freestyle relay, three straight wins in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as well as back-to-back titles in the 800-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays. Zurich was a team captain in her senior season and capped off her Kenyon career with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

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