College opens season against Division I foes

This past weekend, athletes from the College’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had impressive outings as they shared the water with four Division I programs at the Big Al Open held at Princeton University.

Morgan was a shark (Courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

Despite facing fierce competition from Princeton, Georgetown, Fordham and Lehigh Universities, the College’s athletes did not disappoint during the meet, which was comprised of three sessions that spanned from Friday night through Saturday afternoon at DeNunzio Pool.

On the women’s side of things, senior Danica Roskos placed first in the 3-meter event, dominating the field of divers with a winning score of 273.45. Roskos added to her successful weekend by placing second in the 1-meter event with a score of 246.35.

Senior Kayleigh Shangle; juniors Sabrina Lucchesi, Ashley Conroy and Hailey Growney; and sophomores Nicole Muha and Brennah Ross, all came away from last weekend’s meet successful as well, as each performed well in their respective events.

For the men’s side, freshman James Shangle performed at a high level, placing third out of a field of 19 in the 200-yard breaststroke event with a time of 2:07.76. He also placed sixth out of 40 in the 200-individual medley with a time  of 1:56.34.

Seniors Adam Schneider, Matt Morgan, Brian Giacopelli and Mike Caputo and juniors William Kasper, Stephen Gibson, Philip Hawley and Michael Oliva all impressed too, and came away with solid efforts to build on for the future.

This was Lions’ first November meet of the season, as the Nov. 3 meet that was to be held at Southern Connecticut University in New Haven was canceled due to complications caused to the area by Hurricane Sandy.

The College returns home next Saturday, Nov. 17 to take on New York University. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.