January 17, 2013

SWIMMING AND DIVING | Both Red Squads Sweep Colgate Meet

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This past Saturday both the Cornell men and women’s swimming and diving teams competed against Colgate University in the team’s second mid-season dual meet following winter break.

Coming off of Cornell’s traditional training trip to Puerto Rico, both the men and women’s teams had strong showings at the Teagle Hall pool and won first regular meet of the season. This success will play an important role in the future of the Red this season.

On the men’s side, the Red (1-5) won its first dual meet of the regular season with a final score of 152-112. With numerous 1-2 finishes, the Red had an extremely strong showing and looks to continue with this success as it approaches the end of the regular season.

The times as a whole throughout the meet illustrate a significant payoff from the winter training trip and with the championship meets still ahead, the Red looks to end the season in strong fashion.

“The Colgate meet went great, it was after almost three weeks of hard training between training trip and winter training but everyone swam well,” said sophomore freestyler Timothy Satterthwaite.

Now is when all of the hard work and the extensive weight lifting program that the Red has instituted this year will begin to have a large impact on results.

“The Colgate meet was a huge success for both the women and men’s swimming and diving teams, as both sides were able to clinch their first dual-meet wins of the season,” sophomore diver Thomas Hallowell said. “For the divers, the men went one, two and three with a successful showing from the women as well. It was an exciting meet overall due to the success of the team as a whole and some great swims all around.”

The women’s swimming and diving team (1-5) also had its first regular season win against Colgate University this past weekend. With a final score of 159-141, the Red have begun to gather the necessary confidence it will need to have a successful end to the regular season and set themselves up for late season success at the Ivy League Championships.

This coming Friday, Jan. 18, the Cornell men’s swimming and diving team looks to continue the success with its first Ivy League win of the season. The Red will race the Lions at home at 4 pm.

The Red looks to position themselves with another late season win and continue to improve going into the late part of the season.

“The team is looking very strong and seemed to train well over the long intersession, and I think everyone will agree that we are looking to beat Columbia. It should be a good test especially coming off a very successful weekend against Colgate,” said Hallowell.

The following day, Saturday Jan. 19, the women’s swimming and diving team will also face off against Columbia. This will be the last home meet for both teams this season and the Red looks to end its home stretch in a successful fashion.  Both the men and women’s teams will be honoring the graduating seniors at the final home meet of their Cornell swimming and diving careers.

Original Author: John McGrorty