Union splits meets at Springfield


By Erica Fugger

The Union Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams continued their winter competition season last weekend by traveling to Springfield College (MA) to compete in a double duel meet in a thirteen-event format against Springfield and Hartwick College.

Both teams split in their overall meet victories. The women won their competition against Hartwick with a score of 133-104, and fell to Springfield 98-143. The men gained a win over Springfield College 143.5-99.5, and lost to Hartwick 106-134. The Dutchwomen improved their record to 1-4, while the Dutchmen are now 1-1-3.

On the women’s side, the competition began with Union scoring four second-place finishes, and Springfield taking first in all events but the first relay. The first victory was achieved in 200-yard backstroke, where Union overwhelmed the competition with first through fourth place finishes. Sarah Bradner ‘14 clocked in at 2:14.49, winning by over three seconds. Following her were Emily Opolski ‘13, Annora Brennan ‘11, and Lexi Bascom ‘12.

The 500-yard freestyle saw similar victories, as Danielle Young ‘14 won the event with a time of 5:25.88. Madeline Ashworth ‘14 and Suzanne Foley ‘12 followed with second and third place finishes. Kaleigh Ahern ‘13 finished up the women’s victories, winning by a staggering 4.63 seconds in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:29.73.

The men’s team began the meet with three consecutive second-place finishes until the 50-yard freestyle in which Kevin Jung ‘11 tied for first place with Hartwick’s John Wojtech at 22.61 seconds.

The next Union victory was achieved in the 200-yard butterfly, where Matt Wahl ‘13 won by a nearly three second margin as he clocked in at 2:01.86.

Jung continued his success, again tying for first in the 100-yard freestyle with Springfield’s Scott Mackstutis with a time of 49.27. Brian Scarlett ‘11 furthered the winning streak with a victory in the 200-backstroke with a time of 1:59.65. Tim Cameron ’14 followed with a second place finish.

Union returns to the pool on Friday when they host the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the Alumni Gym Pool at 6 p.m.


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