Swimming has strong showing at states

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The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams recently competed at states.

They competed in the four-day tournament in Ithaca, N.Y., from Feb. 17 until Feb. 21. The men’s team finished in seventh place and the women’s team finished in fourth place at the UNYSCSA Championships.

Additionally, several student-athletes from Union went on to participate in NCAA Northeast Diving Regionals. One diver, Sam Hoyt ’18, qualified to compete in the NCAA Diving National Championship and another diver, Matt Mintz ’18, qualified as a first alternate.

The men’s team started the tournament off well, ending the first day in seventh place with a total score of 120.

Jack Wassik ’19 earned 11th place in the men’s 500-yard freestyle and Dan Steinmetz ’17 earned twelfth place with a final time of 21.79.

The men’s quartet of Ryan Josiah ’19, Andrew Wojtowicz ’19, Steinmetz and Wassik placed eighth in the 2000-meter relay with a time of 1:39.16. Hoyt won first place for the 3-meter diving event, while his teammate Mintz earned fifth place.

On day two of the tournament, John Enquist ’17 won first place in the 400-yard race with a time of 4:02.99. Additionally, Steinmetz took 10th place and Wojtowicz took eleventh place in the 100-yard butterfly race.

By day three, the Dutchmen remained in seventh place overall.

Then, Hoyt brought the diving team another first place spot in the 1-meter event. Overall, the men performed very well throughout the tournament and placed seventh at the UNYSCSA Championships with a total of 571 points.

The women’s team ended their first day of the tournament incredibly well, placing in third with a total of 215 points overall. Heather Wright ’18 won the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 24.16, while Christy Brown ’17 and Alexis Wojtowicz ’17 tied for seventh place with a time of 24.75.

Then, the squad of Wright, Belforti, Hemminger and Brown won first-place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.84.

The Dutchwomen showed a great group effort during the 200-meter relay when Brittany Kenny ’16, Christina Belforti ’17, Wojtowicz and Wright earned fifth place. The women finished day two in fourth place. The Dutchwomen finished the day off with 533 points.

The team moved through day three remaining in fourth place, with a total of 744 points. Belforti won first place in the 100-yard backstroke, a highlight for the day.

On the final day of the tournament the women finished third in the 400-yard relay with Wright, Belforti, Hemminger and Brown finishing with a time of 3:31.93. Sarah Dimmitt ’16 led Union in diving earning fourth place in the 3-meter competition.

Overall, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams performed solidly in the tournament.

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