Men’s and women’s swimming and diving win last dual meet of the season

The Lions came out on top at William Paterson University, as both the men and women outpaced the Pioneers on Saturday. The women came home with a 136-76 victory while the men handed WPU a 127-87 loss.

“We expected (the spread) but we go into each meet the same way,” senior Aubrey Horvath said.

A quartet of seniors closed out the meet with the final win in the 200-meter freestyle relay. Lauren O’Donnell, Horvath, Jacquelyn Nami and Kristen Simms posted a time of 1:48.33.

For Simms, a diver, the race was her first. “She was a good sport about it with the whole cap and goggle thing,” Horvath said.

O’Donnell helped push the two relays to first place finishes. The 200-meter medley team of O’Donnell, junior Heather Mierkowski and sophomores Beth Hurley and Erin Stutz posted a time of 2:00.09.

Hurley, Stutz and Mierkowski each garnered individual wins as well. Hurley won the 50-meter freestyle in 26.84, while Stutz captured the 100-meter fly in 103.27. Mierkowski finished the 500-meter free in 5:53.18.

Horvath, a 2003 All-American, won the 1,000-meter freestyle in 12:05.15. Nami won the 100-meter freestyle in 57.73.

In the diving events, Simms won the one-meter with a score of 146.25.

The Lions men handed the Pioneers a 125-87 loss, with junior Davy Bisslik posting three wins. Bisslik placed first in the 200-meter fly with a time of 52:71. He then teamed up with junior Nick Steffanci, sophomore Steve Swenson and freshman Kyle King to win the 200-meter medley relay in 1:38.85.

Staffanci also won the 200-meter IM in 2:01.95 and Swenson also took first place in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:00.23.

“They re not a very strong team,” senior Wes Donnelly said. “We were trying to get some times for nationals.”

Donnelly won the 100-meter backstroke and took third in the 1,000-meter freestyle.

Both the men s and women s teams mixed up the usual lineup. “I never usually swim the 1,000,” he said. “Everyone got a chance to do something different.”

The 200-meter freestyle relay of Bisslik, senior Steve Nepola and freshmen Jonaid Lone and Mark Rynon swam a time of 1:31.45 to beat of the Pioneers. Nepola also captured the 100-meter freestyle in 49.03.

The victories boost the women’s team record to 6-4 for the year while the men stand at 7-3. The teams gear up next for the Metropolitan Conference Championships on Febr. 21 and 22.

The men are looking to better a runner-up finish from the 2003 Mets, while the women chase their sixth consecutive win. “Hopefully, we can expect to win and we’re hoping to qualify a lot of people for nationals,” Horvath said.

The College s divers will be competing at the Rutgers University Diving Invitational on Friday, Feb. 13.