Men's Swimming Tops Delaware in a Squeaker

Lafayette 400 free relay teams take first and third place to seal the 118-113 win.

The Leopard men's swimming and diving team fought to a 118-113 win over Delaware on Saturday at Ruef Natatorium.

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Jan. 20, 2002


EASTON, Pa. ( - The Lafayette men's swimming and diving team swam to a 118-113 win over visiting Delaware on Saturday at Ruef Natatorium.

Sophomore Stephen Berkowitz (Scotch Plains,N.J./Scotch Plains Fanwood) and freshman Jakub Pritz (Holmes, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) paced the Leopards with two top finishes. Berkowitz captured the title in the 200 IM (1:59.96) and the 200 fly (1:59.67). Pritz took the 50- and 100-yd free events in times of 21.91 and 48.36, respectively.

Behind Pritz, it was a Lafayette sweep in the 100-yd free event with Stephen Connlain (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) taking second (48.68) and Dan Sherry (Radnor, Pa./Radnor) taking third.

Sophomore Kristopher Klein (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) led Lafayette in the 500-yd free (1:58.28) while co-captain Lucas Kimmel (Chestertown, Md./Queen Annes County) took third in the event.

The Leopards were down 109-105 heading into the final event after a first and second place Delaware finish in the 200-yd breastroke by Tim Wasiewski and Bob Frey.

The Lafayette 400-yd free relay team of Connlain, Janis Eisl (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Central), Kimmel and Pritz took first (3:14.89) followed by Brad Fritz (Frederick, Md./Frederick), James Hertan (Mountainside, N.J./Oratory Prep), David Watts (Endicott, N.Y./Union Endicott) and John Veltri (Lawrence, N.J./Lawrence) in second (3:22.87) to take the lead and the win over Delaware.

Lafayette improved to 2-5 overall and will return to action on Jan. 26 versus Binghamton.