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Check out Coach Dailey's thoughts on the dual meet with Colgate

Jan. 16, 2003

Welcome to the coach's corner!

What a meet. Even though we split the meets with the men winning and the women losing, it felt like both teams won. The spirit and support each swimmer and diver showed toward their teammates was awesome. We went into this meet tired and a little beat up, but the kids wanted to win and went after Colgate from the very first event and never gave up.

The women's meet was very close the whole way. I think we out-swam them, but they definitely outscored us in diving. Sophomore diver Crissy MacDonald dove very well on both boards, scoring 212.70 on the 3-meter and 231.52 on the 1-meter, placing third and second, respectively. Both were strong performances; it's just that Colgate did a little better. In the 1-meter, Crissy missed winning by less than one point. Throughout the meet the women swam very well. The women won four events. Jenny Moerschbacher won the 200 free (1:59) and 500 free (5:21), Nancy Haystrand won the 200 fly (2:12) and Jen Totten won the 200 breast (2:28). Unfortunately, we were second place in nine events. We will improve upon that against Binghamton and Delaware.

The men's meet was close the whole way. Diving played a big role in this meet as well. Senior captain Justin Gaudreau won the 3-meter and qualified for ECAC Championships with a score of 261.75. Justin is closing in on Mike Sanda's 3M record of 277.15. The men won 10 events out of 13. Freshman Greg Van Volkenburg won the 1000 free (10:04) and 200 back (1:57), junior Janis Eisl won the 200 free (1:47), and sophomore Jakub Pritz won the 50 (21.17) and 100 free (47.80). Junior Kris Klein won the 200 IM (2:00), junior Steven Berkowitz won the 200 fly (1:58), junior Chris Grabowski won the 500 free (4:45) and the 400 free relay of Eisl, Van Volkenburg, Stephen Connlain, and Pritz went 3:13.64. The meet was simply a battle. We just wanted it more and went after them. This is the first time we have beaten them in three years.

I am sure Colgate will be looking to beat us at Patriot League Championships after today's meet. We are looking forward to that challenge as well as picking up a couple of other teams. I believe we will have two men qualify for the 2004 US Olympic Trials. I am anticipating some outstanding performances at Patriot's this year. We should be able to break six to eight men's team records and 10 to 12 women's records this year. If both teams can continue this support of each other and continue to be motivated to win, it can happen. Our next meet is against Binghamton and Delaware @ Binghamton on Wednesday January 29, 2003. See you there.