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Leopards Compete in Annual Dual Meet With Lehigh

Nov. 22, 2013

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette swimming and diving teams closed out the competitive portion of 2013 calendar year with their annual dual meet at Lehigh on Friday night at Lehigh's Jacobs Pool.

Lehigh swept both team competitions, claiming the men's side 196-92 and the women's competition 177-111.

"That was by far the fastest dual meet I have had the chance to be a part of since the early 90's when I started. I hope the rest of league takes note," said Lafayette head coach Jim Dailey.  "Most of our swimmers swam either personal best times or better than what they did at last year's Patriot League Championships and we weren't tapered at all."

Junior Evan Newbold was a standout performer for the Lafayette men in the backstroke events, winning the 100 (52.37) and the 200 (1:53.49).

Sophomore Greg Grewal scored nine points for the Leopards with his victory in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 57.24 while setting a pool record. David Woods came in third in the event (1:00.02). Grewal nearly doubled, taking second in the 200 breast in 2:09.09.

Sophomore Christopher Wickwire won the 100-yard butterfly by a half a second (51.22) and took second place in the 200, ending less than a second behind the winner (1:52.01).

Sophomores Tom St.Vincent and Robert Lowery were the lone Lafayette men to finish in the top three in freestyle events. St. Vincent notched a third-place finish in the 1000 freestyle in 10:01.87. Lowery also managed to finish third in the 100 in 47.90.

In the men's diving competition, junior Ivan Basurto took second in the one-meter and three-meter events, beaten out by just 1.51 points in the one-meter.

For the Leopard women, junior Megan Kaveney snatched a pair of second-place finishes in the sprint freestyle events. Kaveney lost the 50 free by just six hundredths of a second, ending in 24.28 while finishing the 100 in 53.25.

In the backstroke, Kate Durkan claimed a second-place finish in the 100 in 1:00.49 while teammates Abby Floyd-Jones (1:00.52) and Meridith Guro (1:00.9) swam to third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.  

Floyd-Jones was up to the task in the 200 backstroke, finishing second in 2:08.10, just ahead of Sydney Pahmer (2:10.38).

In the butterfly, Jacklyn Andrews' 57.65 in the 100 placed her second.  In the 200 IM, Jane Kuntz posted the third best time (2:14.06), adding that performance to a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.  

Junior Robyn Henderek and sophomore Jessica Baylor placed 1-2 in the one-meter diving while the two switched places in the three-meter event.

"This was a great platform to challenge ourselves in the next phase of training. The next round is to get us ready for competition at Patriot League Championships with two new schools in the mix, Boston University and Loyola of Maryland," Dailey said. "If we don't continue to step up our game, we will get dropped."

Lafayette will return to action on its winter training trip to Plantation, Fla. in January.