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Check out Coach Dailey's thoughts on the double-dual meet with Navy and Rider

Oct. 21, 2002

Welcome to the coach's corner!

The women just finished the double-dual meet against Navy and Rider hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy, while the men finished a single dual meet against Rider. The meet, even though early in the year, was competed in short course meters and was a 16-event meet. In the 16-event meet, we swim both the 100 and 200's of stroke.

The meet went very well. It was difficult to tell how everyone was swimming because the times were short course meters so we had to only concentrate on competing and trying to outscore the other teams. Navy swam very well and handled both Rider and us. The Rider vs. Lafayette meet was very close. The men came up short, losing by 35, and the women were just short by 18 points. Although the scores didn't indicate a victory, I thought we competed very well. After converting the times from meters to yards, we swam very well for this early in the season. (The times that have an asterisk (*) next to them on our top-five were converted from meters to yards.)

The women came out and tried to get up on Rider right away. Rider won the medley relay and out-touched us in three events, which would have turned the meet in our favor. Some outstanding performances were turned in by first-year swimmers Daniele Menard in the 200 free and 200 breast, Lindsay McCarthy and Tory Littlefield in the 200 fly, Jen Totten in the 100 and 200 breast events and Lori Anderson. Our upperclassmen contributed greatly from top to bottom - senior Brenda Thayer in the distance free and 200 IM, sophomore Jenny Moerschbacher in the 200 free and 200 back, sophomore diver Crissy MacDonald and sophomore sprinter Erin Rosensteel. Individual event winners were Moerschbacher in the 200 free, MacDonald in 1M and 3M diving, Totten in the 200 breast, McCarthy in the 400 free, Thayer in the 200 IM, and the 400 free relay team of Kristine Kath, Moerschbacher, Rosensteel, and Anderson.

The men set the tone right away winning the 200 medley relay. Everyone contributed in this meet. Three events were extremely close. If we won the touch outs, it would have changed the outcome of the meet. The winner of the 200 free was determined by .20 seconds and third place was determined by .22 seconds. The 1-meter diving was determined by 8.20 points, and the 3-meter was determined by .80 points. Last year in our dual meet Rider beat us by 52, so for us to keep it this close was good. If some of the races went our way instead of Rider's way, the meet would have come down to the last relay - which would have been great for us because we won it.

Individual winners for us were Chris Grabowski in the 400 and 800 free and 200 IM, John Veltri in the 50 free, Jake Pritz in the 100 free, Greg VanVolkenburg, Steve Connlain, Steve Berkowitz, and Pritz in the 200 medley relay, and in the 400 free relay were VanVolkenburg, Pritz, Janis Eisl and Connlain.

Overall, it was tough swimming two days in a row this early in the season. I believe the experience though of swimming very well at the Potomac Relay the day before gave both teams a lot of confidence. The loss today against Rider and Navy gives the team a lot of determination to win the next meet. The next meet will be against St. Peter's on November 5, 2002.

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