Lafayette Relay Invitational Kicks Off 2006-07 Swimming and Diving Season
Oct. 16, 2006
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The Lafayette women's swimming team won seven of the nine relays contested against Lehigh, while the men continued their marked improvement in the season-opening Lafayette Relay Invitational, an unscored meet held Saturday at the Ruef Natatorium.
"I was surprised at the speed our teams showed on Saturday, especially since we haven't started our sprint training yet," said Jim Dailey, the 2006 Patriot League Women's Swimming Coach of the Year who is in his 14th year as the Leopards' pool boss.
Lafayette won the 200, 400 and 800 free, 200 and 800 medley, 300 back and 300 fly relays in the women's competition, headlined by freshmen Kristen Tyler and Hilary White, along with upperclassmen Katie Kaczka, Marcella Nehrbass and Kerry Nichols.
"The freshman class on both teams made significant contributions within the framework of the team," Dailey said. "We didn't load any of the relay teams and had some very encouraging performances. I've been pleased with the team effort and chemistry we've developed so far this fall."
The Leopards' men's team, which is comprised of 15 upperclassmen and 11 freshmen, claimed a win in the 400 free, as John Jenkins, Jake Pagano, Ryder Pingry and captain J.B. Worster clocked a time of 3:17.51. Jenkins and Pagano, along with Stephen Rubino, are all freshmen who stood out, according to Dailey.
"With the men's team, I'm happy with our performances, and more importantly with how we're working together. We're able to move forward as a team in our training and they're a pleasure to coach," Dailey mentioned.
The Leopards were without their full roster, as several student-athletes were taking practice tests for the GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT on campus on Saturday.
Lafayette will host its annual relay meet on Saturday, Oct. 21 during the Homecoming festivities, and open its competition season with Army on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Ruef Natatorium.
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