Leopards Wrap Up Patriot League Championships
Feb. 23, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Lafayette wrapped up the 2013 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.
Jaclyn Andrews had the top individual finish for the Leopards on Saturday in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly. The freshman managed a seventh-place finish in 2:05.58 in the A final to set a new school record. Teammate Caroline Kearney came in 15th in 2:12.65. In the men's 200 fly, Christopher Wickwire finished in eighth (1:53.94) in the A final and Joshua Hitchingswas 12th (1:55.56).
In the 1650 freestyle, sophomore Ashley Kunow claimed a 12-th place spot in 18:00.05. In a sprint freestyle event, the 100, Megan Kaveney placed 12th (52.18) and Kate Durkan 15th (53.24). In the men's 1650 free, Tom St.Vincent took 21st (16:35.86) followed by Ben Zajic (23rd in 17:00.77) and Sacha Broccard (24th 17:01.01).
In the 200 backstroke, Robert Gahn and Dan Ladd both advanced to the finals, placing 14th (1:54.38) and 16th (1:55.95), respectively. Greg Grewal swam to a 12th place finish in the 200 breaststroke finals in 2:03.23.
In Saturday's relay action, the women's 400 free relay team of Kelsey Theriault. Lauren Berry, Durkan and Kaveney placed sixth in 3:34.46. The men (Nate Witmer, Evan Newbold, Robert Lowery, Christopher Wickwire) were seventh in 3:08.63.
“Everyone did very well. Each class year contributed and had some amazing performances," said Lafayette head coach Jim Dailey. Many of our relay swimmers were first years and sophomores. That bodes well for the future. It will be hard to replace our 14 swimmers and divers that are graduating. They have finished their college careers on top of their game and they should be proud. They all led by example and provided confidence and leadership when the team needed it. It will be tough without them.”
In the team scoring, the Lafayette women finished in sixth place while the men ended in seventh in the three-day event. Navy won both titles. In all, Lafayette had 45 new performances in the program's all-time top 10.