Men’s, women’s swimming and diving celebrate seniors

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Senior student-athletes on the men's and women's swimming and diving teams are honored with their families during the team's senior day event. Five seniors, Christy Brown '17, Naina Thota '17, Christina Belforti '17, Alexis Wojtowicz '17, John Enquist '17 and Dan Steinmetz '17 were celebrated.
Senior student-athletes on the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are honored with their families during the team’s senior day event. Five seniors, Christy Brown ’17, Naina Thota ’17, Christina Belforti ’17, Alexis Wojtowicz ’17, John Enquist ’17 and Dan Steinmetz ’17 were celebrated.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams has had a whirlwind of a season this year. The Dutchmen have an overall record of 3-4, while the Dutchwomen have a record of 2-5. Union competed against Ithaca College recently. The men’s team finished trailing behind: 140-151, and the women’s team also faced a loss with the Bombers coming out on top to a tune of 173-121.

John Enquist ’17 pulled out a win in 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Jorge Tanur ’20 and Jack Wassik ’19 swam for first and third place, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle race. Brendan McClure ’18 finished in second place in the 200-yard freestyle event while Owen Perks ’20 finished first in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke races. Furthermore, Perks, Enquist, Seif Refaat ’20 and Dan Steinmetz ’17 pulled out a second-place finish in the men’s 200-yard medley relay.

On the women’s side, Kerry Kelly ’20, Emily Quinn ’20, Alexis Wojtowicz ’17 and Lindsay Hemminger ’18 placed second in the 200-yard medley relay while Christina Belforti ’17 and Hemminger finished in first and third place, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Other performers for the Dutchwomen included Jennifer Nutter ’19 and Emilee Nason ’19.

The teams’ five senior student-athletes, Christy Brown ’17, Naina Thota ’17, Belforti, Wojtowicz, Enquist and Steinmetz, were honored during a senior day celebration prior to the teams’ matchups against Ithaca. Each senior was greeted by their families by the pool to congratulate them on their accomplishments.

Wojtowicz stated, “The whole team has really stepped up this season in the weight room and in the pool. I’m so excited to see how fast everyone will go once we’re shaved and tapered at states.”

Thota added, “This season has been like no other. No other team has trained harder, fought harder and believed harder than us. Our women and men are going into the 2017 UNYSCSA conference meet with the mindset of champions. We’ve got the greatest divers and swimmers who fight through pain. Because, let’s be real, when you win, you don’t feel the pain.”

Union competes next at the UNYSCSA Championships in Ithaca from Feb. 15-18.

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