This Saturday, both the men’s and women’s swim teams had winning streaks snapped by Ivy opponents. The men’s team suffered its first loss to Columbia since the 1992 campaign to even their record in the EISL to 3-3 and 5-3 overall.
The hard fought match ended with the Lions on top by a score of 167.5-132.5. The match was so close that each team had an equal number of first place finishes, and so the Lions earned the victory by obtaining 12 of 16 runner-up finishes.
One of the bright spots for the Red was sophomore diver Tony Schultz who finished on top in the one-meter dive and was second in the three-meter event. Winning both the 100 and 200-yard varieties of the breaststroke was one of the Red’s most consistent performers, senior Danny Royce. Royce’s breaststroke also helped a team consisting of freshman Stefano Caprara, senior Jeremy Sample, and junior Rob Payne in the 400-yard medley relay.
Payne had a big day for the Red with a top finish in the 200 butterfly and second in the 100 fly. Freshman Chase Nielsen finished fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle event, continuing to be Red’s top finisher in that event throughout the season.
Next Saturday will prove to be a tough test for the Red when it faces two tough Ivy League foes, Harvard and Dartmouth, in Boston. Last season the Red split with these two teams, defeating the home team Dartmouth, and falling to the Crimson.
The women, after winning three of their last four meets, struggled on Saturday, losing to both Columbia and Brown by a combined score of 443-154. The losses bring the Red to 1-5 overall in the Ivy League, and 4-5 overall. Freshman Kristen Rayhack took the one meter dive against both teams, while classmate Marisa Sweetser won the 200 breaststroke against Brown, and was fourth against the Lions. The Red will return to the water next Saturday at St. Bonaventure to try to even its overall record.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro