Swarthmore Men, Ursinus Women On Top After Day 1 of Centennial Conference Champs

Swarthmore jumped out to a 39-point lead over eight-time defending champion Gettysburg after the opening day of the 24th annual Centennial Conference men's swimming championship at Franklin & Marshall's Kunkel Aquatic Center.

The Garnet won three events on the evening' five-event program to score 226 points. The Bullets also took first in the three events and are second with 187 points. Washington College is third with 146 points, followed by Franklin & Marshall (142), Ursinus (137), Dickinson (116) and McDaniel (68).

The evening began with a Conference first - a gold medal dead heat in the 200 free relay - as Swarthmore and Gettysburg hit the wall in 1:22.99.

Bullet freshman Ogden Leyens won the 500 free by nearly three seconds with a NCAA "B'" cut time of 4:31.56.

Garnet sophomore Jeff Tse touched the wall first in the 200 IM with a "B" cut time of 1:51.73. 

Gettysburg junior Ty Dougherty repeated as champ in the 50 freestyle with a "B" cut time of 20.52.

Swarthmore closed out the opening night with a big victory in the 400 medley relay as the quartet of Tse, Alejandro Hernandez, Andrew Steele and Liam Fitzstevens won the gold in 3:22.19 - also a "B" cut time.

Day two prelims begin Saturday at 10 a.m.

200 Freestyle Relay: 1-SWA (Steele, Yang, Smith, Tse) and GET (Dougherty, Nieves, Sorenson, Leyens), 1:22.99; 3-WAS (Weiler, Sullivan, Melchior, Mackenzie), 1:25.22

500 Free: 1-Ogden Leyens, GET, 4:31.56; 2-Jake Menzer, URS, 4:34.52; 3-Michael Lutzker, SWA, 4:36.52.

200 IM: 1-Jeff Tse, SWA, 1:51.73; 2-Liam Fitzstevens, SWA, 1:52.92; 3-Aidan Sullivan, WAS, 1:54.02.

50 Free: 1-Ty Dougherty, GET, 20.52; 2-Andrew Steele, SWA, 20.73; 3-Francisco Nieves, GET, 21.16.

400 Medley Relay: 1-SWA (Tse, Hernandez, Steele, Fitzstevens), 3:22.19; 2-F&M (Gould, Lang, Dietrich-Peterson, Sanders), 3:25.91; 3-GET (Ragatz, Dougherty, Freeman, Leyers), 3:25.99

Ursinus raced out to a 78-point lead after the opening day of the 24th annual Centennial Conference women's swimming championship at Franklin & Marshall's Kunkel Aquatic Center.

The Bears racked up 229 points to take a commanding lead over Swarthmore (151). Washington College (144) and Gettysburg (141) are right on the Garnet's heels, followed by Dickinson (129), Franklin & Marshall (112), McDaniel (99) and Bryn Mawr (56).

It was a huge opening night for Ursinus sophomore Peyten Lyons (Palmyra, Pa.) who won three gold medals in the 200 IM and as a member of the 200 free and 400 medley relays.

Ursinus opened the evening by winning the 200 free relay as the quartet of Clara Baker, Grace Emig, Sydney Gundersen and Lyons touched the wall in 1:36.76.

Dickinson's Olivia Lyman captured the gold in the 500 free by over seven seconds in a NCAA "B" cut effort of 4:59.40.

Lyons earned her second gold medal of the meet by winning the 200 IM by nearly four seconds in a "B" cut time of 2:05.94.

McDaniel's Syd Knadler repeated as the 50 free winner in a time of 24.13.

Ursinus capped the evening with a nearly six-second win in the 400 medley relay as Lyons, Olivia Tierney, Baker and Gundersen completed a 3:50.97 performance for a "B" cut.

Saturday prelims begin at 10 a.m. with the finals set for 6 p.m.

200 Free Relay: 1-URS (Baker, Emig, Gundersen, Lyons), 1:36.76; 2-WAS (Schmittle, Gorman, Gaze, Clune), 1:38.42; 3-SWA (Staton, Vaules, Hwang, Moody), 1:38.75.

500 Free: 1-Olivia Lyman, DC, 4:59.40; 2-Julia Portmann, WAS, 5:06.85; 3-Haley Sturla, URS, 5:08.77.

200 IM: 1-Peyten Lyons, URS, 2:05.94; 2-Jenni Clune, WAS, 2:09.90; 3-Katie Madden, URS, 2:10.66.

50 Free: 1-Syd Knadler, MCD, 24.13; 2-Sydney Gundersen, URS, 24.34; 3-Kate Crilly, GET, 24.38.

400 Medley Relay: 1-URS(Lyons, Tierney, Baker, Gundersen), 3:50.97; 2-GET (Llewellyn, Moyer, Boswell, Crilly), 3:56.84; 3-WAS (Maxwell, Clune, Wiecki, Gorman), 3:57.62.