Schutz Breaks Pool Record in 100 Yard Breaststroke
Jan. 18, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
The Lafayette swimming and diving team hosted Stony Brook in its lone home meet of the 2011-12 season. The Leopards' men's team came away with a 150-141 victory while the women's squad fell 169.5-127.5 in the contest.
"Although the women lost, they swam and dove very well," head coach Jim Dailey said. "These were the best in-season times of the year for both the men and women and several of them are faster than what the upper class was before we shaved and tapered for championships."
The highlight of the meet came from senior Cory Schutz in the 100 yard breaststroke. Schutz's time of 57.17 earned him a first place finish by more than six seconds, broke the previous pool record and is the third best time in school history. The former pool record holder was Andrew Rutherfurd, who swam in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Schutz also turned in a first place mark in the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing in 2:07.91, nearly 14 seconds faster than second place. The time ranks sixth all-time at Lafayette and missed the school record by .55 seconds.
Schutz swam the second leg of the men's 200 yard medley relay that clocked in at 1:38.41, to win the event. Evan Newbold, Stephen McCormick and Michael Black joined Schutz on the team that was three seconds faster than Stony Brook's quartet.
McCormick's effort in the 1,650 yard freestyle was good enough for first place, recording a time of 16:12.47. The senior also won the 100 yard butterfly, clocking in at 52.47.
Newbold earned a top spot of his own in the 100 yard backstroke, posting a time of 55.26.
A pair of sophomores, Josh Hitchings and Adam Gill took the first and second slots, respectively, in the 200 yard butterfly. Hitchings edged Gill by .03 seconds with his time of 2:01.58. Gill also claimed first in the 500 yard freestyle, finishing in 4:55.22.
On the women's side, the combination of Alex Brannick, Dana Purdy, Meg Kaveney and Lauren Berry took the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.70. The time narrowly missed the pool record by .44 seconds.
Brannick took first in the 100 yard backstroke, finishing in 1:00.67 and Purdy claimed the top position in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.87.
The 200 yard breaststroke also saw Purdy touch the wall first as the junior clocked in at 2:31.07.
Berry and Kaveney linked up with Jacqueline Johnson and Kate Durkan to earn the top spot in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.22.
"The student-athletes are tired from the winter training trip to Plantation, Fla." Dailey added. "This was our first meet since November 18th against Lehigh. For the teams to swim this well, it gives the team tremendous confidence in obtaining their goals at the championships."
Lafayette returns to the pool on Jan. 28 against Colgate and Army in Hamilton, N.Y.