Relay teams propel Lions at duals

The College’s swimming and diving teams hosted Johns Hopkins University and Division II West Chester University in a two-day dual meet event. West Chester recorded a sweep in the dual action, leaving the Lions men’s team 3-3 overall and the Lions women to 1-6 overall.

According to women’s swimming head coach Jennifer Harnett, the meet was important for the team because this is the time of year when swimmers define their position on the team before the Metropolitan Conference Championships (METs) arrive.

“We have a really competitive schedule and we choose to have a competitive schedule,” Harnett said, explaining that the tough schedule would prepare the team for the METs and the NCAA Championships.

“This is the first year we had to actually cut people,” Harnett said. “Our new focus over the next two to three years is to gain a higher showing at the NCAA Championships. We’re in a restructuring year. We have a lot of talent. I feel that this is one of the strongest teams in the past couple of years.”

In diving, senior Lee Swanson won the three-meter event with a score of 283.50, but finished second in the one-meter event with 235.25. Sophomore Greg Lloyd won both the one- and three-meter events with his NCAA qualifying scores of 286.45 and 314.62, respectively.

The Lions women finished second in the 400-meter freestyle relay with a time of 3:42.55. The rotation for that relay was junior Kristin Udicious, freshman Stephanie Seto, senior Kerry Genese and junior Ava Kiss.

The College also took third in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:42.48 with a rotation of Kiss, freshman Ashley Robb, senior Julie Nami and Genese.

Sophomore Emily Reichard finished third in the 200-meter breast with a time of 2:32.16.

In the 200-meter medley relay, junior Christine Marino, junior Lauren Pfeifer, freshman Christina Falcone and Nami took fourth with a time of 1:55.96.

Another fourth-place finish was recorded in the 800-meter free relay in 8:09.32 behind a team of junior Stefanie Rashti, Kiss, Udicious and Seto. Rashti also picked up fourth in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:57.01.

For the men’s team, junior captain Liam Gallagher took second in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:17.16 and finished third in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.72.

Junior Josh Forsman finished second in the 100-meter butterfly in 52.94. Sophomore Mike Molloy picked up third in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.34, third in the 1,650-meter freestyle in 16:31.13 and placed fourth in the 500-meter freestyle in 4:47.92

Senior captain Kyle King was the runner-up in the 100-meter freestyle in 47.92, placed third in the 50-meter freestyle in 21.98 and fourth in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:46.42.

Freshman Myles O’Connor took third place in the 100-meter breast in 1:01.61 while senior captain George Savulich took third in the 200-meter butterfly in 1:59.53.

Sophomore Mike Heaney picked up fourth in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:59.64.

The Lions also placed second in the 200-meter free relay, the 800-meter free relay and the 400-meter free relay.

In the 200-meter free, the Lions finished in 1:27.75 with a team of Forsman, Gallagher, King and Nawrot. Gallagher, Heaney, King and Molloy finished the 800-meter free relay in 7:07.82. In the 400-meter free, Molloy, Gallagher, Forsman and King finished in 3:12.39.

The College added a fourthplace finish in the 200-meter medley relay in 1:38.71 behind Oliver, O’Connor, Forsman and Nawrot.

Next up, the Lions face Rowan University on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. and host New York University at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28.