Both Union’s Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams have their eyes towards the postseason, after closing out their regular seasons with competitions against Hamilton and Ithaca.
The matchup with Hamilton was more than just a competition however, with senior day bringing a culmination to the careers of two seniors from each team.
For the Dutchmen, senior day was an opportunity to challenge one of their primary foes, Hamilton.
The day was highlighted by seven first-place finishes from the Dutchmen.
The first came in the 200-yard medley relay. with Brendan McClure ’18, John Enquist ’17, Andrew Wojtowicz ’19 and Dan Steinmetz ’17 combining for a time of 1:39.43.
Individual top finishes came from Sam Hoyt ’17 in the 1-meter dive, Matt Mintz ’18 in the 3-meter dive, McClure in the 100-yard backstroke, Wojtowicz in the 100-yard freestyle and, finally, a trio of top finishes from Enquist in the 100-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley.
However, these finishes did not overshadow the performances of Cameron Robertson ‘16 and Harrison Brown ’16, competing in the Alumni Gym Pool for the last time on their senior day.
Robertson placed second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 295.13, which was enough to qualify him for the NCAA regionals.
Next, Brown added a third-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay to his list of career accomplishments.
The Dutchmen ended up falling 125-175 to the Continentals, yet not without strong performances across the board. The men also fell to a strong Ithaca squad a week later.
Despite the team’s loss, Enquist received Liberty League Swimmer of the Week honors for his three first-place finishes against the Bombers.
For the Dutchwomen, senior day was a different story. Their 22 top-three finishes, 12 of which were first-place finishes, led them to a 162-138 victory over Hamilton.
Victories came from everywhere, with seniors leading the way for the Dutchwomen on their big day.
Sarah Dimmitt ’16 had a great day with top finishes in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.
Union’s second senior, Brittany Kenny ’16, had individual top finishes in the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard backstroke and aided her team’s first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, along with Christina Belforti ’17, Alexis Wojtowicz ’17 and Christy Brown ’17.
Additionally, Belforti had three more first-place finishes, in 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly events.
Lastly, the quartet of Heather Wright ’18, Naina Thota ’17, Lindsay Hemminger ’18 and Brown added yet another first place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The victory was the Dutchwomen’s first of the year, making them 1-1 at home this season.
Also, like the men, the women dropped their next match at Ithaca losing by a score of 168.5.-131.5.
Looking ahead to the postseason, both the men and women look forward to competition in the UNYSCSA Championships at Ithaca College from Feb. 17-20, as well as the Division III Championships, a month later in March.