Lions rout Ramapo College Roadrunners

By George Tatoris

Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s swimming teams beat New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rivals, the Ramapo College Roadrunners, on Saturday, Nov. 5. The men’s team won a decisive victory of 159-98, while the women’s team won 142-118. The diving team did not compete at the meet.

Sophomore Alex Skoog showed that he was a Renaissance man in the water by winning both the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:07.24 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.23.

Skoog coasts to a first-place finish in the 200-back. (Courtesy of Sports Information Desk)
Skoog coasts to a first-place finish in the 200-back. (Courtesy of Sports Information Desk)

Skoog was also the first leg in the 200-yard medley relay race. Joining him in the water were seniors Scott Vitabile and Andrew Nesbitt and junior Adam Coppola. Together, they conquered Ramapo with a combined time of 1:38.66.

Nesbitt and Coppola swept the 100-yard freestyle, finishing first with a time of 48.37 and second with a time of 49.97, respectively. Coppola finished first with a time of 54.36 in the 100-yard backstroke, as well. Nesbitt, his medley teammate, won the Lions first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.69. Just behind him with a time of 1:57.75, was sophomore Samuel Maquet.

Freshman Harrison Yi hit the wall first in both the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:46.26 and the 500-free with a time of 4:54.55. Nesbitt took second in the 200-free with a time of 1:49.70. Yi also showed his versatility by winning the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:54.55.

Vitabile, Skoog, junior Phil Binaco and freshman David Madigan showed no fatigue when they combined to win the last event of the evening — the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet finished with a time of 3:17.36.

Just as Skoog won the 1000-free for the men, sophomore Gabi Denicola did so for the women with a time of 11:17.59. Denicola also finished first in the 500-free with a time of 5:31.00.

The Lions took the top two spots in the women’s 20-yard backstroke. Senior Brenna Strollo took first with a time 2:12.20 while junior Jillian Galindo followed with a time of 2:16.29. Strollo was also just a fraction of a second behind a Roadrunner in the 100-back, finishing just shy of the first place time of 1:02.67 with her own time of 1:03.35.

The Lions saw another twofer in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Debbie Meskin took first with a time of 2:22.22 and fellow junior Cassidy Bergeron followed with a time of 2:30.13.

The last one-two finish came in the 200-yard breaststroke. Junior Marta Lawler finished first with a time of 2:34.44, and freshman Annie Menninger, with a time of 2:36.28, was close behind.

Strollo, Lawler, Meskin and junior Allison Huber were runner-ups in the 200-yard medley relay by only three seconds to Ramapo’s A team.

The swimming and diving teams enter the water again Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, when they will compete against top-class teams at the Princeton Invitational. Princeton’s facilities are familiar to the Lions, who competed in a non-scored scrimmage there on Friday, Oct. 14.