Men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finish first at METs

After stellar performances over the weekend, the College is poised to have a postseason for the ages.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in the 2008 Metropolitan Conference Championships (METs) at Rutgers University, which wrapped up action on Sunday night.

The women’s team totaled 1,300.5 points to stand atop its field of 16. In a field of 14 teams, the men’s team finished with 1,500 total points to be crowned champions.

After first- and second-place finishes last year respectively, the men’s and women’s teams are proud to share the 2008 Metropolitan throne as they march dual first-place trophies back to the College.

Before the tournament, METs Women’s Coach of the Year and College head coach Jennifer Harnett said, “I feel that we are stronger and more focused this year.”

“Individually,” she added, “I know the girls are going to swim fast and produce personal best times.”

Harnett was proved right as the swimmers established record times for the College in at least 12 different events and produced a plethora of NCAA times.

Going into the tournament, METs Men’s Rookie of the Year Tom Medvecky said, “I just have to remain focused on swimming as fast as I can and not worry about anything else. I’ve never been more prepared.”

Medvecky posted a school record of 1:52.41 in the 200-meter butterfly trials.

Later in the finals he would break his own record, finishing the event in 1:52.31, posting an NCAA provisional time in the process.

Also receiving distinction at the event was head coach Brian Bishop, who was named the METs Men’s Coach of the Year.

Other men’s highlights included junior Thomas Nawrot’s first-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle, posting an NCAA provisional time of 46.00, while senior teammate Josh Forsman added a third-place finish and another provisional time of 46.42.

The Lions had three swimmers move to the finals in the 200-meter breaststroke as sophomores Myles O’Connor and Eric Rohrs and junior Ted Yoa finished third, fourth and sixth, respectively.

The men’s team dominated the 400-meter freestyle relay, recording an automatic NCAA-qualifying time at 3:03.54, besting the College and METs record in the process. In the men’s three-meter dive, junior Greg Lloyd finished third with a score of 427.71.

Highlights for the women’s team included rookie Margaret Molloy’s crowning as METs Women’s Rookie of the Year.

Molloy picked up a second-place finish in the 1,650-meter freestyle, finishing in 17:38.83, breaking her own school record yet again and posting an NCAA provisional time as well.

Senior Ava Kiss finished second in the finals of the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 51.70 breaking the College’s record of 52.00.

Kiss posted a provisional time of 53.12 in the trials.

Freshman Katie Morgan posted a provisional time of 2:27.40 in the 200-meter breaststroke trials but finished fifth in the finals at 2:27.24 to beat the school’s record. Freshman Amanda Obst came in second in the one-meter dive competition with a score of 344.78.

The women’s team finished second with a provisional time of 3:34.58 in the 400-meter freestyle relay. Competing in the event were Molloy, Kiss, senior Laura Pfeifer and sophomore Stephanie Seto.

The Lions now look ahead to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Championships at University of Pittsburgh on Feb. 29 through March 2, and the NCAA Division III National Championships at Wooster College beginning on March 20.