By Erica Fugger
Last Friday night the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team faced off against local Liberty League rival Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in an eighteen-event dual-meet format. The Dutchwomen and Dutchmen each put in a strong performance as they routed the Engineers 192-100 and 186-114, respectively.
The women’s competition began with a win in the 200 Yard Medley Relay as the team consisting of Sarah Bradner ‘14, Kaleigh Ahern ‘13, Andrea Marois ‘11, and Priscilla Wright ‘12 clocked in with a time of 1:52.71.
Union continued its winning ways by placing first through third in the 200 Yard Freestyle with a win by Danielle Young ‘12 (2:00.01), followed by second and third place finishes by Ahern and Madeline Ashworth ’14, respectively. The women fared similarly in the 100 Yard Backstroke with Bradner winning in a time of 1:02.39, and Emily Opolski ‘14 and Annora Brennan ‘11 tying for second place.
Wright took a staggering 1.21 second lead in the 50 Yard Freestyle, winning with a time of 24.91, while teammate Erica Fugger ‘12 came in second. Wright (55.64) and Fugger again took first and second, respectively, in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Following them in third and fourth place were Young and Diana Fletcher ’13, respectively.
Bradner continued her winning streak when she won the 200 Yard Backstroke with a time of 2:13.78, followed by Brennan and Lexi Bascom ‘12 in second and third place, respectively. Ahern was victorious in the 200 Yard Breaststroke, clocking in at 2:30.48, nearly four seconds ahead of the competition.
Young won the 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of 5:18.67, while Marois won the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:01.75). Bradner took first in the 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:17.06), followed by Opolski in second.
Union finished the meet with first and second place finishes in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. The team of Wright, Young, Fugger, and Fletcher took first place at 1:41.54, while the second place finishers were Suzanne Foley ‘12, Marois, Taylor Connelly ‘11, and Ashworth.
The men’s team took first and second place in the 200 Yard Freestyle, led by Zack Wahl ‘14, with a winning time of 1:48.14. Following him was a second place finish by Nick Boneck ‘14. Brian Scarlett ‘11 completed the 200 Yard Backstroke in 54.98, followed by second and third place finishes by Michael Mooney ‘12 and Billy Phillips ’14, respectively.
Matt Wahl ‘13 won the 200 Yard Butterfly with a time of 2:00.76. Likewise, Kevin Jung ‘11 took home a first place finish in the 50 yard freestyle (22.33), while Alex Connell ‘11 followed with a second place finish. Jung again won the 100 Yard Freestyle with a time of 50.33, while Matt Wahl finished in second place.
Scarlett secured another first place finish with a time of 2:00.45 in the 200 Yard Backstroke, followed by Mooney and Tim Cameron ‘14 in second and third, respectively. Zack Wahl won the 100 Yard Butterfly, clocking in at 53.36.
Union diver Ian Drillinger ’12 won the 3 Meter competition with a score of 271.49. Both his score on the 1 Meter (283.88) and 3 Meter qualified Drillinger for NCAA Division III Nationals consideration.
Scarlett again took first in the 200 Yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:03.32. The 200 Yard Freestyle team of Jung, the Wahl’s, and Connell took first (1:30.65), while Phillips, Alex Boyd ’12, Cameron, and Lucas Tiziani ’11 finished in second place.
The teams continue their competition season in a meet against the NESCAC’s Middlebury College (VT) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Gym Pool.