Nehrbass Breaks Two School Records in Dual Meet vs. Lehigh
Nov. 21, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - Despite four wins apiece from Marcella Nehrbass, including two school records, and Kristen Tyler, the Lafayette women's swimming and diving team dropped a close meet to archrival Lehigh 158-140 on Friday evening in Ruef Natatorium. The Leopard men also fell to the Mountain Hawks, coming out on the short end of a 207-93 margin.
Nehrbass grabbed a total of four victories, including new Lafayette school records in the 50 (24.38 seconds) and 100 yard freestyle (52.74 seconds). Tyler was also a quad-winner on Friday evening, racking up her individual wins in the 200 fly (2:12.84) and 100 yard fly (1:00.33).
Both were part of the foursomes that swept the 400 medley (Alex Brannick, Barbara Pennington, Tyler and Nehrbass) and 400 freestyle (Nehrbass, Kerry Nichols, Hilary White and Tyler) relay teams for the Leopards.
Brannick set the pace in the 100 yard backstroke for the women, touching in at 1:00.41 to grab the nine team points for Lafayette. Teammate Maricate Conlon also claimed gold in the 200 yard backstroke (2:10.40).
The Leopards were dominant on both the one meter and three meter boards. The women were led by Leah Goldberg's 202.35 points and followed by Jen Czochor's 186.08 points to record the one-two sweep. Goldberg later completed her perfect evening with a 205.35 first place score on the three-meter board.
The men rode the momentum, as Kevin Oswalt (208.43) and Brian Cronise (195.23) claimed the top two spots on the one meter, as well. A duplicate performance followed on the three-meter board, as Oswalt (258.83) paced the event, with Cronise's 229.80 grabbing four more team points for the Maroon and White.
The men ended the evening with a victory in the final event, as the team of Stephen McCormick, Seth Price, Michael Black and John Jenkins finished in 3:12.89 for the victory.
Lafayette will take the remainder of the calendar year to continue training, in preparation for its 2009 championship season, beginning Jan. 5 with their annual winter training trip to Florida.
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