January 24, 2003

Swimmers Host 'Gate

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The men’s and women’s swim teams will face off against local rival Colgate tomorrow at noon at Teagle Pool. The men’s squad, coming in with a 4-2 record, has been hot as of late. After dropping its first meet, the Red has won four of five, with the lone loss coming on the last race against Yale.

Coach Lucia called the meet “one of the best meets [he’s] ever seen.”

Leading the charge for the Red recently has been freshman Stefano Caprara, who is nearing the school record in the 200-yard backstroke event. Junior Rob Payne, who Lucia notes as currently “having the best year of his career” is another key cog in the Red scoring. Payne specializes in the 200-yard IM and the 200-yard fly event.

Another key component to the Red’s success has been the strong showing by its diving core, consisting of senior Tim Lenz, freshman Joe Weiss, and sophomore Tony Schultz, who Lucia notes, “had a great meet against Army, and is really improving this year.”

Colgate will be looking to avenge a 151-129 loss last year at the hands of the Red. Lucia notes that the team is not taking this meet lightly.

“We have a lot of respect for (Colgate),” Lucia said.

The women’s team goes into tomorrow’s meet on a high note as well, after beating Army 140-101 to improve to 3-4 on the season. Freshmen Jessica Brookman in the butterfly and the IM and Holly Chance in the butterfly and the backstroke have both been solid. Freshman Kristen Rayhack looks to continue her success after placing second against Army, and winning the one-meter diving event against Yale.

The Red looks to continue its win streak over Colgate, winning last season, 151-140.

Archived article by Chris Mascaro