The Fairfield University men's swim team was the runner-up at the 15th Annual Harold Anderson Invitational while the women's team placed fifth during the two-day competition at the University of Rhode Island.
Junior Brian Friedlander (River Edge, N.J.) picked up three individual victories for the Stags. He moved to 7-0 in the 100-yard breaststroke by clocking a time of 59.66 seconds. He posted a victory in the 200y breaststroke with a time of 2:08.67, marking his sixth victory in the event in eight meets this season. Friedlander also won the 200y IM with a time of 1:57.71.
Junior Michelle Yoshida (Kaneohe, Hawaii) won two individual events and was the runner-up in a third. She won the 100y freestyle with a time of 52.85 seconds and notched a victory in the 50y freestyle with a time of 24.20 seconds. Yoshida was the runner-up in the 100 back finishing in a time of 58.47 seconds.
On the women's side, freshman Moe Osmulski (Rumson, N.J.) set a program record in the 200y IM, finishing a time of 2:12.93 to place third overall. She broke the previous standard of 2:13.21 set by Lauren Kennedy in 2009. Osmulski also recorded a personal best in the 400y IM with a time of 4:42.37.
Sophomore Cacky Keating (Chatham, N.J.) was the runner-up in the 100y butterfly with a time of 1:00.07. She also took fifth in both the 200y fly (2:13.24) and the 200y IM (2:15.84). Freshman Suzy Lawlor (North Wales, Pa.) was the runner-up in the 100y breaststroke with a time of 1:08.41 and sixth in the 200y breaststroke with a time of 2:30.16. Senior Katie Merz (Absecon, N.J.) was fifth in the 500y freestyle with a time of 5:14.84 while freshman Emily Pedrick (New Milford, N.J.) was fifth in the 200y freestyle with a personal best of 1:59.12.
The women's 400y medley relay of Yoshida, Lawlor, Keating, and Osmulski placed second with a time of 4:00.36. The quartet also comprised the 200y medley relay and finished third with a time of 1:51.25.
For the men's team, senior Jonathan O'Connor (Norwalk, Conn.) was the runner-up in the 500y freestyle with a personal best of 4:53.99 and placed third in both the 1000y freestyle (10:15.26) and the 400IM (4:20.21).
Sophomore Paul Bimmler (Reading, Mass.) was the runner-up in two events, placing second in the 50y freestyle (22.14) and the 100y free (48.98). Bimmler was also fifth in the 100y backstroke with a personal best of 55.73 seconds. Junior Greg Bellizzi (Edison, N.J.) was third in the 100y free with a time of 49.11 seconds while junior Stefan Toi (Newtown, Conn.) set a personal best in the 400y IM with a time of 4:24.39 en route to fourth-place points.
The men's relays had solid effort as well. The 200y medley relay of Bimmler, Friedlander, Andrew Robinson (Manalapan, N.J.), and Bellizzi placed second in a time of 1:39.15. The 200y freestyle relay of Robinson, Brendan Sarpu (South Windsor, Conn.), Bellizzi, and Tim McCann (Hackettstown, N.J.) took third in 1:30.06. The 400y medley relay of Andrew Hiss (Freehold, N.J.), Friedlander, Robinson, and Bimmler was third also, finishing in a time of 3:37.96.
Providence College won the men's team title with 681 points. The Stags finished with 626.5, edging out the University of Maine (626) and Bryant University (625.5). Rhode Island won the women's title with 797 points.
Fairfield has concluded the first half of its season. The Stags return to action in January when they face Colorado College during their winter training trip in Hawaii.