Read Coach Jim Dailey's Comments on the Season
Feb. 3, 2003
Welcome to the coach's corner!
The dual meets have now concluded and I am happy with our performances both as a team and individuals. We are now setting our sights on the Patriot League Championships, which will be held at Bucknell University on Feb. 20-22. Results from the league meet can be found online at Bucknell's website and the Patriot League website.
The women have been close in all but two of their dual meets. Their times have dropped a lot since first semester and our top-five has never been this fast prior to our shave and taper results. The Binghamton and Delaware double dual meet was tough for the women. Delaware is probably the fastest team we swim all year. Binghamton has two women that will make the "A" cut for NCAA Division I nationals. The women went into the meet with a focus of improving our Patriot League Championship seed times and race both Delaware and Binghamton. The results were very good. Junior tri-captain Maura Dailey swam season-best times in the 1000 free and 200 fly. First-year swimmers Corry Marcincin and Meghan Goodwin swam very well in their events. Our 400 IM'ers Brenda Thayer, Daniele Menard, Suzanne Dommerich and Carrie Abildgaard improved their seed times by a lot. The surprise here is that Suzanne is swimming the 400 IM for the first time since she decided to come to Lafayette two years ago. The women won only one event - Jen Totten in the 200 breast. I believe the women have an outstanding opportunity ahead of them. We have the talent and desire to perform better than we ever have at Championships. I would anticipate several of our records to be broken by the conclusion of the meet.
The men capped off quite an impressive dual meet season, going 5-3. I did not think the men were going to swim as fast as they did to win both meets. The men had some very impressive swims, breaking one school record and setting four pool records at Binghamton. The school record was set by Chris Grabowski in the 400 IM with a time of 4:03.80. This was also one of the four pool records. The other three were Grabowski's 500 free of 4:40.72, freshman Greg Van Volkenburg's 200 back of 1:55.44 and sophomore Jakub Pritz swam 21.27 in the 50 free. All in all, Lafayette won nine events. Along with the four listed above, the others were both the 1M and 3M diving events by senior Justin Gaudreau, Jakub Pritz in the 100 free, Grabowski in the 1000 free and the 400 free relay of Pritz, John Veltri, Stephen Connlain, and Van Volkenburg clocking 3:12.35. Another strong performer was junior Kris Klein in the 200 back and 400 IM swimming 1:57.55 and 4:14, respectively. Reflecting back on the performances against Binghamton, the men are extremely focused on Championships. I'm sure we will be challenging our men's record board and maybe some of the Patriot League records.
Make sure you check out the results of Patriot League Championships as they occur. Both meets will be the fastest they ever have. Hopefully, next year you will be here enjoying the Championship sensation with us.