Smooth sailing for men’s swimming team

The men’s team laps New York University and stays unbeaten, at 4-0. (Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor)

After a short break without any meets for the swimming and diving teams, this past week was crucial as both the men’s and women’s teams got back into the swing of things in competitions against New York University.

The men’s team came out with a 168-128 victory to stay unbeaten through four games, while the women’s team suffered its first loss of the season by a score of 195-84.

Both colleges were ranked equally going into the meets, but the women’s team fell behind and are working hard to come back.

Sophomore James Shangle led the way for the men’s team, grabbing victories in the 200-yard individual medley, 100-breaststroke and 200-backstroke.  Shangle was also part of the 200-medley relay team, which would take home the victory.

Junior Aleksander Burzynski also had a strong day, finishing first in the individual backstroke competitions and helped the 200-medley relay team, along with sophomore Joseph Dunn and freshman Andrew Nesbitt.

Meanhile, freshman Ryan Gadjzisz took on and conquered the 100-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

The 400-yard relay was taken by the College as well, as senior Philip Hawley, Dunn and Nesbitt posted a time of 3:10.72.

The women’s team put forth a solid day’s work as well, but fell just short to NYU.

The day started well for the Lions. As the women’s team took the 200-yard medley, led by junior Brennah Ross, senior Amy Schurer and junior Carlyn Hubert.

The College placed first and second in the 100-yard butterfly, as senior Nina Sabatini and sophomore Sarah Richards both had a strong day.

Sophomore Lauren Rothstein, senior Hailey Growney, junior Summer Thomas and senior Michelle Sanders led the College to victory in the 400-freestyle relay, posting a time of 3:49.72.

“The team is the smallest it’s been since I joined my freshman year,” junior Katie Reilly explained. “That has both positives and negatives. Basically every point counts at meets, which can be a bit stressful. But it really makes our team rally and swim every race knowing that we need to get those first, second or third place spots.”

The Lions have the opportunity to rebound this week on Saturday, Nov. 23, when they take on Stevens Institute of Technology on the road.