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McFarland Wins Three Events on Opening Weekend

Oct. 21, 2017

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EASTON, Pa. -- The Lafayette swimming and diving team opened the 2017-18 season by hosting conference foe Loyola on Saturday at Weinstein Natatorium. The meet on Homecoming Weekend at Lafayette also served as the Senior Day for the Class of 2018.

In the team scoring, Loyola edged the Lafayette men 154-144 while the Loyola women won 211-188.

Lafayette’s performances were highlighted by freshman Tanner McFarland who won the 1000 free (10:15.51), 500 free (4:53.55) and 200 butterfly (1:59.33) events.

Senior Sam Haines took home first place in the 100 butterfly (52.22) and claimed a second spot in the 200 butterfly (2:01.28). Haines also was part of the winning 200 free relay team (1:27.46), swimming the second leg following Bryce Currie and preceding Ethan Miller and Kyle Doherty.

Currie (1:47.16) and James Grieb (1:48.13) finished 1-2 in the 200 freestyle. In the 100 free, Grieb (48.89), Doherty (48.93) and Currie (48.98) claimed the top three spots.

Freshman Tyler Sande was an event winner, snatching first place in the 200 back (1:58.34) while placing third in the 100 back and 200 IM.

For the Lafayette women, sophomore sprinter Anne Marie Mozrall was the lone event winner, claiming the 50 free (25.42).

Lafayette acquired nine points in the women’s 100 backstroke, as Faye Melekos (1:01.15), Allie McBrearty (1:03.28) and Sydney Wight (1:03.79) placed second, third and fourth respectively.

Wight (2nd in 100 free in 56.01), Alexa Overeem (2nd in 200 breast in 2:32.44), Noelle Buckley (2nd in 100 breast in 1:09.22) and Maureen McShane (2nd in 500 free in 5:21.10) each registered top-two finishes.

“It was an incredible meet for our seniors to end their home dual meet career. With it being homecoming weekend and our alumni cheering on all of us, it is certainly something that they will all remember,” said Lafayette head coach Jim Dailey. “Our team really rose to the occasion. It was the best meet our teams have swum this early in the season in quite a while.”

“It was great to see the team get up and race this well this early in the season,” said assistant coach Ron Farina. “They have been working hard and their efforts and enthusiasm were awarded today. It will be great to see the continuation in their training and racing progression throughout our next couple of dates of competition.”

Lafayette returns to action on Nov. 4, facing Navy American and Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa.