September 23, 2020
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Swimming, diving teams remain undefeated, 1-0 in conference

By Christine Houghton
Sports Editor

The men and women’s swimming and diving teams swept conference opponent Ramapo College, as the men ended on top 170-91 and the women won 216-46. Both teams improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

The men’s team started the meet off strong, taking two podium spots in the 200-meter medley relay. Freshman Sean Rave and juniors Andrew Thompson, Andrew Duff and Nolan Kuscan swam to gold with a time of 1:36.65.

Right behind them was the team of freshman Patrick Sullivan, senior Derek Kneisel and juniors Patrick Bakey and Griffin Morgan, who came in second with a time of 1:38.34.

The team also posted a few sweeps, most notably in the 1,000-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle, in which it took the top four spots.

Senior Harrison Yi took the top spot in the 1,000-meter freestyle with a time of 10:04.57, while Morgan placed first in the 200-meter freestyle, touching the wall at 1:45.27. Rave won the 200-meter butterfly, clocking in at 2:00.05, while Kuscan finished first in the 50-meter freestyle at 22.26.

On the diving board, junior Jay Soukup posted a score of 442.50 on the three-meter board, a score that could qualify him for regionals.

The women’s day started off strong in a relay match as well. In the 200-meter medley relay, sophomores Zoe Chan and Kori Jelinek, freshman Rachel Hannah and junior Chiara Mennonna finished first with a time of 1:51.50. 

Senior Annie Menninger and junior Kelsey Ballard placed first and second in the 1,000-meter freestyle, respectfully, with Menninger coming in at 11:16.11 and Ballard touching the wall at 11:26.49. Hannah also won the 200-meter freestyle.

Juniors Elsie Fraser and Darby VanDeVeen finished 1:04.53 and 1:05.84, respectively, in the 100-meter backstroke to claim first and second place. Mennonna followed with a win in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:09.77.

Jelinek won the 200-meter butterfly at 2:16.27, followed by Chan’s victory in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 25.33. The rest of the meet was a full sweep for the Lions, ending in the 200-meter freestyle relay win from the team of junior Melanie Fosko, freshman Shannon Hesse, Hannah and Chan with a time of 1:42.44.

Freshman Gabi Valladares registered regionals-qualifying marks in the diving on her one- and three-meter dives. 

The teams return to the pool as they travel to Montclair State University for another meet on Nov. 16, in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. 

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