The men’s swimming and diving team captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship last weekend while the women’s team earned a sixth-place finish.
Winning all five of the meet’s relays and setting ECAC records in four races, the men tallied 793.50 total points to top second-place New York University (721.50) and 15 other teams.
The men were led by their relay teams. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of junior Tom Nawrot, freshman Shawn Kircher and senior co-captains Josh Forsman and Liam Gallagher set a new ECAC record with a time of 1:25.28.
This relay team went on to break another ECAC record, winning the 400-yard freestyle event with a time of 3:07.21.
The men continued their freestyle relay dominance as junior Mike Molloy, freshman Tom Medvecky and senior co-captain Mike Heaney teamed up with Gallagher to set another ECAC best (7:00.55) in the 800-yard event.
“(Relays are) one of our strengths,” head coach Brian Bishop said of his team’s depth in relays. “We pride ourselves on not having any weakness, and instead of three or four guys we have as many as six that I can choose from.”
The Lions’ medley relay teams also outswam the competition in both the 200-yard and 400-yard races.
In the 200-yard event, senior Kevin Oliver, sophomore Myles O’Connor, Forsman and Nawrot combined for a first-place time of 1:35.25. Nawrot, O’Connor, Forsman and Kircher finished in 3:31.09 to win the 400-yard race.
Several of the College’s relay swimmers turned in strong individual performances. Nawrot set an ECAC record in the 100-yard backstroke (52.75) and finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (47:29).
Medvecky finished second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.29), the 500-yard freestyle (4:39.81) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.36), adding a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (52.12).
In addition to swimming on three record-setting relay teams, Gallagher won the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.47) and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.17).
“I thought we swam really fast this weekend, considering we weren’t peaking for this meet,” Bishop said. “It was very satisfying.”
Junior diver Greg Lloyd won the one-meter event (441.00) and picked up second place in the three-meter (467.45).
The women’s team had a strong showing at the meet, earning sixth place in a field of 15 teams.
Senior Ava Kiss led the way, finishing in the top five in several individual races and relays. Kiss’ finest showing came in the 100-yard butterfly, which she won for the second straight year (57.73).
“I think this was a breakout meet for her this year,” head coach Jennifer Harnett said. “(The 100-yard butterfly) was technically one of her best swims. It also took some of the pressure off of her to qualify for the NCAAs.”
Kiss added a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.72) and a third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (54.42).
The Lions added a pair of third-place finishes in the 200- and 400-yard medley relays. In the 200-yard race, junior captain Stacy Delehanty, senior Lauren Pfeifer, sophomore Ashley Robb and Kiss finished in 1:53.51, while Delehanty, Pfeifer, Kiss and freshman Michelle Wilson recorded a time of 4:08.41 in the 400-yard event.
The swimming and diving teams will compete again Jan. 18-19 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.