Swimming and Diving Competes in Long Course Meters at Navy
Nov. 5, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Swimming long course meters for the first time in head coach Jim Dailey's tenure at Lafayette, the Leopards were able to defeat American on the women's side, while falling to host Navy and Bucknell. The event was held at Navy's Lejeune Hall on Saturday afternoon.
"This year the coaches decided to swim this meet in the long course meter format due to it being an Olympic Trials year," Dailey said. "The meet provided all the teams another racing and training opportunity in long course meters before the Olympic Trials are contested."
In the women's 100 meter backstroke, Alex Brannick placed fifth, clocking in at 1:10.48. Brannick's time was sandwiched between the top four swimmers from Navy and four Bucknell participants.
Freshman Megan Kaveney took fifth in the women's 50 meter freestyle, registering a time of 28.65.
Jane Kuntz took fifth for the Leopards in the women's 200 meter IM, finishing in 2:39.12 with splits of 1:16.76 and 1:22.36.
Kaveney, Kate Durkan, Jacqueline Johnson and Lauren Berry teamed up to finish fourth in the women's 400 meter freestyle relay, posting a time of 4:20.94. All of the times were within three seconds of one another as Berry swam the final leg in 1:03.63.
On the men's side, James Kugel, Michael Black, Nate Witmer and Stephen McCormick combined to take third in the 400 meter freestyle. Their final time was 3:50.74, led by McCormick's 56.19.
The highlight of the competition for Lafayette was on the diving board, where junior Todd Leone excelled for the Leopards. Leone placed first in the men's one meter, recording a score of 195.95, 12.15 points better than the second place diver, Bucknell's Jon Jones. Lafayette's Alex Clow took third, earning a 142.45. Leone followed that effort up with a score of 242.00 and took third in the men's three meter event.
"For Lafayette the opportunity was unique," Dailey added. "I don't think many of our swimmers have competed in long course meters during their swimming careers. It will help them with race strategy, as well as racing and training paces throughout the rest of the season."
Lafayette returns to the pool on Nov. 18 in a meet against rival Lehigh. The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa.