Swimming Splits with St. Peter's
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The Lafayette men's and women's swimming and diving teams split with St. Peter's on Tuesday night at the Yanitelli Center.
The Lafayette women topped the Peacocks, 161-70, while the men were edged 151-127.
"The toughest meet all year is this one," said Lafayette head coach Jim Dailey. "The team is coming off the hardest training portion of the season. We have been training doubles since Jan. 2 and still have a few more before our Jan. 20 meet at Colgate. As coaches we are looking for our times to improve throughout the meet as the swimmers "remember" how to race. That's exactly what happened tonight."
The meet started with the Lafayette women, going 1-2 in the 200-yard medley. The A team of Faye Melekos, Noelle Buckley, Anne Marie Mozrall and Sydney Wight finished in 1:55.25 followed by Allie McBrearty, Emma Piascik, Samantha Bluvol and Isabella Walko in 2:01.08.
The Leopards saw similar results in the 1000 free with Jackie Gemici (11:20.49) and Emily Benson (11:33.85) finishing first and second. Freshman Mary Zimmerman and Wight placed first and third in the 200-yard free style, split by 45 hundredths of a second.
The seventh event of the night witnessed Keeley Scott and Maureen McShane finish first and second in the 100 back, clocking times of 1:05.48 and 1:06.68. It was more of the same in the 100 breast as Buckley (1:10.32) and Alexa Overeem (1:11.20) finished first and second. Overeem later grabbed a first-place finish in the 200 breast in 2:32.87.
In the 200 butterfly, the Leopards swept the top three places led by freshman Maya Imperial (2:18.85), ahead of Sam Arnold (2:20.94) and Mozrall (2:22.84). In the 50 free, McBrearty (25.86) and Melekos (25.94) finished 1-2.
For the Leopard men, junior Kyle Doherty (48.59) and Bryce Currie (49.24) finished 1-2 in the 100 free. George Bell claimed the one-meter diving event and the team of Matt Tascione, James Grieb and Bryce Currie captured the 400 free relay in 3:13.77
The Leopards will turn their attention to Colgate for the Jan. 20 meet.
"We are better prepared this year than any other time for outstanding performances. Adding a dual meet before we swim them will provide us a chance to swim much faster as this meet concludes our dual meet season," Dailey said. "With the win from this evening and strong performances at Colgate we should have an outstanding Patriot League Championships."