Despite changes in distances and format, the Fordham swimming & diving team came through with a strong performance at Fairfield on Friday night, as the Rams swept the dual meet from the Stags. The 16-event format was in short course meters, but the Rams were up to challenge as the women’s team won, 166-123, and the men’s team won, 177-121.
With the victories, Fordham improved to 3-1 in women’s competition and 2-2 in men’s.
In the women’s meet, Fordham won 14 of 16 events, led by senior Brienne Ryan, who won two individual events and was a part of both relay wins. Ryan won the 50-meter freestyle in 27.34 seconds and the 100-meter butterfly in 1:05.34, and then was a part of the winning 200-meter medley relay team (2:03.62) and the 200-meter freestyle relay team (1:52.31).
Besides Ryan, senior diver Brittany Salas was the only other dual event winner, taking home the one-meter dive with a score of 214.50 and the three-meter competition with a total of 227.70.
Three Rams would win an individual event and then join Ryan on the relay wins. Anna Marshall won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:15.96 and was a part of the 200-meter medley relay, while Megan Gray won the 100-meter freestyle in 1:00.83 and was a member of the 200-meter freestyle relay. Megan Zarriello was another member of the winning 200-meter freestyle relay that won an individual event, as she took the 200-meter backstroke in 2:25.23.
Other winners for Fordham included Megan Gehrich in the 800-meter freestyle (9:27.77), Kara Field in the 200-meter freestyle (2:10.56), Kelly Carroll in the 100-meter backstroke (1:07.63), Victoria McGovern in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:43.34), and Alana Biagioli in the 400-meter freestyle (4:37.09).
On the men’s side, Fordham won 10 of 16 events, led by sophomore Zach Jacobsen and junior Shintaro Noguchi, and each won two individual events and one relay. Jacobsen took home the 800-meter freestyle in 8:48.47 and the 200-meter backstroke in 2:13.20, while Noguchi won the 200-meter butterfly (2:08.13) and the 200-meter individual medley (2:08.77). Both swimmers then joined Nick Burbidge and Pat Militti to win the 200-meter freestyle in 1:37.65.
On top of the relay, Militti also won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:13.01. Other winners for Fordham included Will Thomann in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.05), Steve Sholdra in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:08.48), Ben Dwyer in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:34.47) and Kevin Wong in the one-meter dive (220.43).
The Fordham swimming & diving teams will next be in action on Saturday, November 3rd, when the Rams host the Boston University Terriers at 1:00 PM in the Messmore Aquatic Center.
The Fairfield University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams fell to Fordham University this evening at the RecPlex. The men’s team fell 177-121 while the women’s team was edged 166-123 as three program records, two men’s and one women’s, fell.
Rookie Connor Daly (Reading, Mass.) set a pair of records on the night. In the men’s 200m butterfly, Daly posted a time of 2:12.21 to finish as the runner-up and beat the previous standard by nearly five seconds. In the 100m butterfly, Daly broke his own program record with a winning time of 59.40 seconds. Daly took third in the 200m IM with a time of 2:13.78.
Daly was also on the winning 200m medley relay with Paul Bimmler (Reading, Mass.), Rich Straub (Pelham, N.Y.), and Tyler Conley (Shrewsbury, N.J.) which clocked a time of 1:51.66.
Conley won two individual events for the Stags, capturing the 50m freestyle with a time of 24.21 seconds and the 100m freestyle with a time of 53.75 seconds.
Junior Cody Parker (Ocean Twp., N.J.) captured the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:59.72. He was also the runner-up in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:17.93.
Straub was the runner-up in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:35.17 and was third in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:11.60. Junior Kevin Greener (Chatham, N.J.) was third in the 800m free with a time of 9:00.45 and third in the 400m freestyle with a time of 4:21.96. Sophomore Chris Weaver (Sayville, N.Y.) was third in the 100m back with a personal best of 1:04.38.
Fairfield took the top three spots in the men’s 3-meter diving event. Sophomore Evan Barr (Malvern, Pa.) posted a winning score of 217.88. Senior Ryan Krebs (East Williston, N.Y.) was the runner-up with a score of 211.35 while sophomore Will Sullivan (East Kingston, N.H.) was third with a mark of 201.82. Sophomore Joe Dowling (Hanover, Mass.) had a mark of 188.18 while junior Brien Bates (Wellesley, Mass.) had a mark of 140.70.
In the men’s 1-meter, the Stags took three of the top four spots. Krebs was the runner-up with a score of 211.35 while Barr was third with a score of 197.85. Bates was fourth with a mark of 191.10. Dowling had a score of 183.90 while Sullivan posted a 168.90.
In the women’s 100m breaststroke, junior Suzy Lawlor (North Wales, Pa.) was the runner-up after she swam a time of 1:16.34 which bested the program record of 1:16.74 set by Lauren Kennedy in 2009. She also took third in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:48.26
Senior Cacky Keating (Chatham, N.J.) won the 200m fly with a time of 2:28.83. She also posted a time of 1:07.84 in the 100m fly.
Freshman Kelly Mulligan (Bellerose, N.Y.) was the runner-up in both the 100m back with a time of 1:08.32 and the 200m back with a time of 2:26.21. She also posted the top time in the 200m IM with a time of 2:27.92, just .41 seconds off the program record.
Sophomore Meredith LaBerge (Newtown, Pa.) was third in the 800m free with a time of 9:36.53. Freshman Liz Avery (Hampden, Mass.) was third in the 50m free with a time of 28.93 seconds.
On the 1-meter, sophomore Ashlee Steinberger (Haddonfield, N.J.) was the runner-up with a score of 200.85 while sophomore Lauren Kemple (Walpole, Mass.) took third with a score of 174.00. Freshman Demi Marathas (Canton, Mass.) was fourth with a mark of 173.55. On the 3-meter, Steinberger earned first place points with a mark of 204.53. Marathas had a personal best of 173.60 while Kemple had a mark of 169.87.
Fairfield (2-2) returns to action on November 10 when it travels to Marist College.