Swimming and Diving Opens Season At Loyola
Oct. 26, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. - Lafayette opened the 2013-14 swimming and diving season with a quad meet vs. Drexel, Seton Hall and Loyola on Saturday evening at Loyola's Mangione Pool.
On the men's side, the Leopards were swept by Drexel (208-90) and Seton Hall (179-117) but tied with host Loyola (150-150).
“It was a total team effort to pull off a tie against Loyola," said Lafayette head coach Jim Dailey. "That’s only my second tie in 22 years of coaching college.”
The Lafayette women were swept by Loyola (232-68), Drexel (212-88) and Seton Hall (194-104).
“It was a great way to start the season. Compared to our times at the same meet in 2012 we are light years ahead of where we were. The best is yet to come. The team is excited about the future and will keep training hard for our championship meet in February.”
Sophomore Christopher Wickwire won the 200 butterfly in 1:56 and garnered a second-place finish in the 100 event, finishing in 51.76, just .18 off the winner. Classmate Greg Grewalclaimed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 57.87.
Senior Adam Gill took home third place in the 500 free in 4:51.69 while sophomore Robert Lowery placed fifth in the 100 free (48:55). In the 200 IM, Evan Newbold notched a second-place finish in 2:01.08 while teammate Grewal closely behind in third (2:01.65).
The men's 400 free relay team of Wickwire, Gill, Lowery and Newbold finished fourth in 3:14.37.
For the women, Megan Kaveney stood out in the 50 free, placing third with a time of 24:58. She followed with a sixth-place spot in the 100 free (54:48).
Jacklyn Andrews touched the wall in third place in the 100 butterfly in 59.62. Classmate Caroline Kearneyended in fifth in the same event (1:00.13).
“We had some great times for our first meet. More importantly, the meet showed us what we need to continue to work on to be faster," Dailey continued. "We aren’t far away from where we can be and we are already looking forward to our next meet at Bucknell on Nov. 9.”
Lafayette will face Bucknell, American and Navy in that meet.