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Gateway grad Kendig on target for big results at Lehigh

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Martin Kendig picked things up in the pool at Lehigh where he left off at Gateway when he graduated after his 2011 senior season with the Gators.

He now is one of the top men's swimmers for the Mountain Hawks, and the third-year collegiate competitor is challenging for top finishes at the Patriot League Championships, which run through Saturday in Annapolis, Md.

“We have the potential for a great league championship,” said Kendig, who was scheduled to open competition Wednesday evening as part of the Lehigh men's 200 medley relay.

“We've been training hard since August. We've been tapering the past three weeks. We've put everything in place. Hopefully, it falls together by the time Saturday is finished.”

Kendig will compete every day and swim the 400 medley relay, the 200 free, the 400 free, the 50 free, the 100 free and the 100 back.

The 100 free replaces the 200 back.

“I'm more sprint oriented this year,” Kendig said.

“I did a lot of explosive-type work in the offseason.”

Kendig said earlier this week that he might also swim the 200 free relay.

He set a school record as part of the 200 free relay two years ago, and he also has spent time at the top of the record books in the 200 medley relay.

Kendig broke out at the Patriot League meet as a freshman with a second-place finish with the 200 free relay and a fifth with the 400 medley relay.

Last year, he earned his first individual top-eight finish with an eighth in the championship-final heat of the 100 back. Kendig added a third in the 200 medley relay, a fourth with the 400 medley relay and an individual 12th in the 50 free.

His personal bests coming into the Patriot League Championships include a 21.08 in the 50 free, a 46.35 in the 100 free, a 23.96 in the 50 back — the leadoff leg of the 200 medley relay — and a 51.22 in the 100 back.

“I was nervous as a freshman with not knowing what to expect,” Kendig said. “Last year, I was more comfortable. I just want to let things go and be able to race my best.”

For more information on Lehigh men's swimming, visit lehighsports.com.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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