Lions dive in for another win

The men’s swimming and diving team swam their way to another dominant victory as they defeated host Franklin and Marshall College, 156-98. The win marks their fourth straight victory, allowing the team to be undefeated for the 2010 season.

“We all swam really well,” senior Shawn Kircher said. “We had a great week of practice and it really showed in the meet. A lot of guys stepped up and put out some good swims.”

Kircher led the Lions by winning the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle with times of 10:12.63 and 48.44. Kircher also swam alongside senior Tom Medvecky, freshman Stephen Gibson and sophomore Adam Schneider to win the 200-yard freestyle relay, with a robust time of 1:27.54.

Along with his impressive finish in the 200-yard relay event, Schneider contributed to the Lions victory with wins in the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-yard fly, posting times of 21.78 and 23.19.

Junior Ryan Clark also had one of his best performances of the season, winning the 200- yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley, with times of 1:47.00 and 2:02.34.

Freshmen Pat Durning and Mike Oliva also joined the winner’s circle with wins in the 50-yard backstroke and the 50-yard breaststroke.

The women’s swimming and diving team also had a convincing victory over Franklin and Marshall, outscoring them 161 to 99 and improving their record to 4-0.

“We had a lot of fast swims in the pool, and there was a lot of spirit and energy on deck,” junior Danielle Morrone said. “I think most of us really enjoyed swimming 50s and 100s of stroke, since we almost always swim 100s and 200s.”

Senior Margaret Molloy, sophomore Kayleigh Shangle and Morrone all led the Lions to a dominant victory over Franklin and Marshall, winning multiple events.

Molloy won the 1,000-yard free and the 200-yard freestyle with a times of 10:38.89 and 1:43.22. Shangle showed her versatility in the pool, winning the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 31.02 and the 100-yard free with a time of 54.09. Finally, Morrone continued her outstanding junior season by winning the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard fly, posting times of 1:01.73 and 27.53.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will compete Friday, Nov. 19, at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.

“We’ll have the opportunity to compete against some great Division 1 talent, and we’re really looking forward to the challenge. It’s a meet like this when we find out what we’re capable of,” Morrone said.