Dutch open season at Union Relays: Men finish second, Women settle for third

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By Erica Fugger

Union’s Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams opened their pre-season competitions by hosting the Union Relays at the Alumni Gym last Saturday.

This meet was an eleven-event relay competition, featuring nine swimming relays and two diving events against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, SUNY New Paltz, and Montclair State University. Only the “A” Relays swam officially in this competition, meaning that solely the top entries from each school had the chance to score points.

The women’s competition got off to a decisive start with  SUNY New Paltz taking the lead for the first three relays. The three-person backstroke team of Lexi Bascom ‘12, Annora Brennan ‘11, and Emily Opolski ‘14 were edged out of a victory by just 0.18 seconds, as the New Paltz team clocked in at 3:07.92.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy took the lead for the next three events before giving up Union’s only win in the 600-yard Medley Relay to the team of Opolski, Brennan, and Sarah Bradner ‘14, just barely coming in over the seven minute mark at 7:00.08.

Union was unable to officially score in the diving events as Lia D’Ambrosio ‘12 was the only diver for the team and another  was needed to complete a relay.

New Paltz took the next event and Coast Guard captured the final win in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay, bringing the lead score to 104 in favor of a Coast Guard victory, while Union finished in third place.

The men’s competition was more decisive, with Coast Guard winning each of the eleven relays. After an unfortunate disqualification in the 300-yard Backstroke Relay, the closest race was the 300 Yard Butterfly Relay.

The three-man team of Lucas Tiziani ‘11, Kevin Jung ‘11, and Matt Wahl ‘13 were edged out of a victory by 0.73 seconds, with Coast Guard clocking in at a time of 2:41.82. No divers competed for Union on the men’s side.

The men’s team accumulated more points than both Montclair State and New Paltz and secured a second place win, with the Coast Guard securing the victory with 154 points.

Union competes in an inter-squad meet this Saturday at the Alumni Gym Pool. The team will swim at home on behalf of the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research’s “Hour of Power” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. Their next official competition is against the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m.

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