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Grieb Wins Three Events vs. Colgate

Jan. 20, 2018

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HAMILTON, N.Y. -- The Leopard swimming and diving teams competed in their second meet in five days on Saturday at Colgate's Lineberry Natatorium. James Grieb was the standout performer for the Leopards, winning three events.

Grieb got his day going in the sixth event of the day, winning the 100 breast in 1:00.19, topping teammate Ryan van Dijk (1:01.62) who collected a second-place finish. Grieb added a first-place finish in the 100 IM (54.83) while seeing Tyler Sande finish third (56.34). Grieb's day wasn't done, finishing with a win in the 100 free (48.33).

Sande added second-place results in the 100 backstroke (56.65) and 200 backstroke (2:00.14), while Brian Ross (57.86) and Noah Decker (2:04.91), took third place in those respective events.

Matt Tascione swam to a pair of top-three finishes in the 200 breast (2nd in 2:13.69) and 200 free (3rd in 1:48.82), as did Tanner McFarland. McFarland was beaten by just six hundredths of a second to finish second in the 500 free (4:54.82) while taking third in the 1000 free (10:14.26). He won the 200 butterfly, clocking a time of 1:59.31.

In the diving events, George Bell placed second in the one-meter and third in the three-meter competitions.

On the women's side, the Leopards enjoyed victories in the 500 free, 200 breast and 200 backstroke. Jackie Gemici claimed the 500 free in 5:26.6 while Emily Benson took second in 5:44.44. Noelle Buckley touched the wall first in the 200 breast (2:30.31) while Alexa Overeem secured second place (2:32.76). Overeem also managed a third-place finish in the 100 breast (1:11.68). Allie McBrearty won the 200 backstroke in 2:13.75 and was second in the 50 free (25.62), ahead of Julia Hall in third (26.25).

In the one-meter diving, Elise Evinski finished second and Maya Detwiller third. In the relays, the team of Faye Melekos (who was also third in the 200 back), Buckley, Anne Marie Mozrall and Sydney Wight won the 200 medley in 1:52.98.

"We started the meet a little flat and came on strong in the second half of the meet. We performed much better than we did a few days ago against St. Peter’s and the team and I are very happy to have had the improvements," said Lafayette head coach Jim Dailey. "The confidence we got in our performances today will pay off in swimming and diving at a very high level at Patriot League Championships."

In team scoring, the Colgate women secured a 170-99 decision while the Colgate men topped Lafayette 176-121.

Lafayette returns to action on Jan. 27 at the Navy Invitational.