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Read Coach Jim Dailey's Thoughts on the Dual Meet with Drexel
Nov. 11, 2002
Welcome to the coach's corner!
Wow, what a meet against Drexel. Our women won 138-98 for the third-straight year and the men won 130-107 for the first time in three years. It was an awesome meet. The kids were really pumped up and there were probably close to 50 parents there to watch us. The nice thing about having so many parents there is it makes the away pool seem like home. Therefore, every place we go becomes home-pool advantage. It is going to be difficult to pick out specific instances of greatness during the meet. It really was a full team effort with both the men and women cheering on each other to get the job done.
The women came out and challenged Drexel from the very beginning swimming 4:09.41 in the 400 medley relay. Alison Scudder, Jen Totten, Nancy Haystrand, and Tory Littlefield did just what we needed and started the meet off with a bang. From there, the enthusiasm started a chain reaction of first places by Lindsay McCarthy in the 1000 free, Jenny Moerschbacher in the 200 free and 500 free, Brenda Thayer in the 200 IM and 200 back, Nancy Haystrand in the 200 fly, Lori Anderson in the 100 free, Jen Totten in the 200 breast. Drexel won only three events. Kara Boate won both diving events, while Kristin Chmielewski won the 50 free by .02 seconds.
Every single teammate understood their job and performed it without worrying about how to get it done. I think the story of the meet was probably what our athletes did to score other points rather than what our first-place swimmers did. First-year swimmers Kristine Kath and Daniele Menard had big days doing very well in the 200 free, 100 free, 200 IM and 200 fly, respectively. Sophomore and junior divers Crissy MacDonald and Elisabeth Edwards performed very well in the diving events. Seniors Alison Scudder and Alison Hindenlang had good swims in the back events and juniors Carrie Abildgaard and Maura Dailey and Erin Malone did what they had to and earned points in their events.
I guess to sum it up for the women's events is that we never relaxed and always took the meet to Drexel. We just never let up and really wanted the win.
The men came out with a lot of enthusiasm and took it to Drexel from the very first event. Unfortunately, we had a false start in the opening relay and that put us in a hole very early. The men knew we would have to make it up somehow. It was probably a catalyst to focus our efforts. After the medley relay, Drexel only accumulated three first places. They won both diving events and the 200 breast. We pretty much controlled the rest of the events and scoring by swimming 1-2 in many of the events. All of them were close finishes with the men not wanting to lose. The story of the men's meet wasn't the people who finished first, but the people who finished second or third scoring the extra points.
Junior Janis Eisl finished second in the 1000 and 200 free events, senior John Veltri finished second in the 50 free, junior Kris Klein finished second in the 200 IM, sophomore Colin Sinatro finished second in the 200 fly and sophomore Stephen Connlain finished second in the 100 free. First-place finishers were Chris Grabowski in the 500 and 1000 free, Greg Van Volkenburg in the 200 free and 200 back, Steven Berkowitz in the 200 IM and 200 Fly, Jakub Pritz in the 50 and 100 free and the 400 free relay of John Veltri, Tom Sheehan, Stephen Connlain, and Janis Eisl.
This was the most convincing performance that I can remember. We just never let up and kept it coming. This win gives us a lot of confidence and momentum. We will need it for our next dual meet, which is against our rival Lehigh University on Friday, Nov. 22. Until next time, have a great season.
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