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Check out Coach Dailey's comments on Patriot League Championships
Feb. 27, 2003
The best way to sum up the 2003 Patriot League Championships is WOW!! What a meet. There was a sensation of excitement immediately upon arrival the day before the meet was to start, and it only escalated from there. The teams put forth 11 swims, which were NCAA Division I "B" cuts and one automatic cut was made. Last year, which was a banner year, there were only 4 "B" cuts made and no "A" cuts. In most events, the difference between sixth and 20th was less than a second. Take a look for yourself. The results can be found on our website. Our top five can be found at the same place. It would be easier to look there for the times rather than writing all of them below.
We swam very well, but took too many 17th-, 18th- and 20th-place finishes, which means you don't get to come back and swim at night. Last year the same times would have been top 16 no problem. That is a great sign for the league and a good place for us to start working for next year.
The women's meet was very fast. Several athletes on the team swam best times. The first-year class swam the best out of all the classes. Lori Anderson swam best in the 50 free (25.50) and 100 breast (1:10.11). Meghan Goodwin swam best times in the distance events. Corry Marcincin swam best times in both backstroke events with times of 1:05.09 and 2:18.37, respectively. Kristine Kath swam best times in the 50 free (26.10), 100 free (55.95) and 200 free (2:03.31). Daniele Menard had good swims in the 200 fly, 200IM and 400IM, making it in our all-time top 10 in both IM's. The best performance came from Jen Totten who broke the 200 breast record originally set by Corinne Brophy ' 99 with a time of 2:27.13.
The sophomores and juniors also contributed. Suzanne Dommerich and Maura Dailey swam well in the fly events, and Veronica LaMura had improving performances in the 200, 500 and 1650 free events. Erin Malone put forth some good performances in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back, as did Erin Rosensteel. Jenny Moerschbacher swam well in the 500 free, 200 free and 200 back.
The seniors will surely be missed next year. We graduate many fine swimmers and students. In this class we will graduate two Marquis Scholars (Christine Williams and Alison Hindenlang) and three swimmers that account for one school record and 12 all-time top ten performances between them. Those three are Nancy Haystrand, Alison Scudder and Brenda Thayer. Their graduating will make recruiting difficult, as those events will be tough to fill.
The men's meet went very well for us. The men broke four records and missed a fifth by .02. Most of the records were set by junior transfer Chris Grabowski. Chris set new Lafayette College records in the 500 free (4:34.39), 400 IM (4:00.46) and 200 back (1:47.93). The fourth record set was the 200 free relay, breaking a record set in 1992. The new record is 1:23.65 and was done by Grabowski, Jakub Pritz, Greg Van Volkenburg and John Veltri.
It is hard to pick a class which swam better than any other class. Everyone contributed in this meet. Freshman Matt Kemmerer swam best in the 100 fly, 50 free and 100 free. Robert Gates swam best times by a lot in the 200 free, 500 free, and 1650 free. Jeromie Ballreich contributed in the sprint free events and 100 back. Mark Ranta swam close to personal bests in the 200IM, 100 back and 200 back. The best in the freshman class was Greg Van Volkenburg. Greg swam bests in a lot of events. In the 100 back he went 51.73, 200 back 1:53.91, 100 free 47.40, 50 free 21.79 and 200 free 1:42. 34 in the 800 free relay.
The sophomore class helped out the overall score. Jakub Pritz contributed a lot of points in the sprint events and especially in the relays. Jakub was 45.09 in the 400 free relay. Colin Sinatro swam bests in the 100 fly, 200IM and 200 fly events. Juniors Kris Klein, Nate DeLong, Dave Watts, John Veltri and Steven Berkowitz all had best times in most, if not all of their events.
The seniors provided some outstanding leadership for the underclassmen to follow. Captains Lucas Kimmel and Justin Gaudreau had great meets. Justin finished fourth on both the 1 and 3 meter diving boards. Cole Maloney and Derek Pizarro ended their swimming careers on a good note. Tom Sheehan saved his best for his last meet, swimming personal bests in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly events.
All in all, it was a great meet for us. There are eight men and five women traveling to ECAC Championships this weekend in Pittsburgh. Once we return I will let you know how it went.
Take Care, Jim
Lafayette College Swimming & Diving