Swanson is on the mark, Lloyd falls short

Last weekend at the Rutgers University Diving Invitational, freshman Greg Lloyd and junior Lee Swanson proved their strength against what was mostly Division I competition.

Swanson posted a stellar 277.85 to finish in third place in the three-meter event. In the one-meter event, Swanson finished in fourth place with a score of 232.1. Both of the dives were National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) qualifying performances.

“In the three-meter event, Lee did a really nice job and had one of the best flips that I have seen her put together all year,” diving coach Candace Gottlieb said. “But in the one-meter dive, everybody seemed to be a bit off.”

Lloyd took fifth in the three-meter dive with a score of 294.5 and scored 304.85 in the one-meter event to place eighth.

“(My performance) was not very good,” Lloyd said. “I could have been a lot better. I pretty much had an off day.”

“Greg did not dive to his full potential. He has been diving better than that all year,” Gottlieb said. “It was at least good for us to get into the pool before the Conference Championships.

The Metropolitan Conference Championships will begin Feb. 17 for the Lions. All have high hopes of doing well in the meets.

“I have been working really hard and I hope that it all pays off,” Swanson said. “I have no idea where I could place, but I hope that I’m up there.”

“Both of them have the potential to win it,” Gottlieb said. “They both definitely have really good chances.”