Men’s and women’s swimming take on Middlebury and RPI

A Union swimmer competes in a meet for the Dutchwomen. Both the men’s and women’s squads are struggling this season, despite strong individual performances on both teams. (Courtesy of Union Athletics)

Both the Union Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams were in action this past weekend. On Friday, both the Dutchmen and Dutchwomen faced RPI.

The men fell to RPI by a final tally of 148-94. Despite the disappointing team result, there were plenty of individual accomplishments to highlight. Union dominated the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, sweeping the top three spots in each competition.

Sam Hoyt ’18 came in first place in both events, scoring a 294.55 in the 1-meter and a 319.95 in the 3-meter. Matt Mintz ’18 took second place in both competition and Cam Robertson ’16 placed third.

John Enquist ’17 had a banner night of his own. He finished the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.35, the 500-yard freestyle in 4:56.74, and the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.78, good enough for first place in all three competitions. The men’s team combined for 15 total top three finishes.

The Dutchwomen also dropped their match to RPI 145-98. Christina Belforti ’17 notched the only individual victory for the Dutchwomen, winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.59.

The 200-yard freestyle relay quartet of Christy Brown ’17, Lindsay Hemminger ’18, Naina Thota ’17 and Alexis Wojtowicz ’17 also tallied a first place finish with a time of 1:41.84.

The Dutchwomen combined for sixteen total top three finishes, highlighted by a pair of second place finishes each from Belforti, Sarah Dimmitt ’16 and Brittany Kenny ’16.

Less than 24 hours later, both the Dutchmen and Dutchwomen made the road trip up to Vermont to take on Middlebury College.

The Dutchmen lost their second match of the weekend 150-88. Brendan McClure ’18 finished the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:49.23. Enquist followed up his strong performance against RPI with another pair of victories, this time coming in the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard backstroke.

The 400-yard medley relay team of McClure, Enquist, Dan Steinmetz ’17 and Andrew Wojtowicz ’19 raked in a second place finish with a time of 3:35.31.

McClure and Wojtowicz also secured second place finishes in the 200-yard butterfly and the 100-yard freestyle, respectively. The Dutchmen dropped to 0-5 on the season, with just two matches left this year.

The women’s team also fell to Middlebury on Saturday, dropping their match 140-99. Belforti continued her strong weekend by opening the day’s action with a time of 1:56.84 in the 200-yard freestyle, good for first place in the event.

Belforti notched another victory in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 2:11.46. Heather Wright ’18 tallied a pair of first place finishes of her own, completing the 50-yard freestyle in 25.20 and the 100-yard freestyle in 54.67.

The final Dutchwomen victory of the day came via the quartet of Belforti, Wright, Hemminger and Brown, who won the 400-yard relay freestyle with a time of 3:41.16.

The Dutchwomen dropped to 0-5 this season, also, with just two matches left this year.

Both teams’ next matches will be Senior Day at Union’s Alumni Gymnasium Pool next Saturday versus Hamilton College at 2 p.m.



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