By Erica Fugger
The Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams competed in their Senior Night and last duel meet of the season against Ithaca College at home last weekend. After a close start to the meet and an exciting turnout, the women’s team lost against the undefeated Bombers by a score of 135-161. The Dutchmen, too, swam against one of the conference’s strongest teams, ending the meet with a score of 120-180 in Ithaca’s favor.
The competition began with the two teams honoring their seniors in their last home meet of their collegiate careers. The program will be graduating three women and five men from the team this year. Among them, Andrea Marois ‘11, commented on her last races in Union’s pool saying, “I thought the meet went quite well, it was a great way to finish off our dual meets. Team-wise we put up a solid effort against a rival team. I am excited to see what we can do at our State meet in a few weeks!”
The competition itself began with losses for both teams in the 200 yard medley relays. But the second event of the meet finished in Union’s favor, with freshmen victories in the 1000 yard freestyle. On the women’s side, Maddie Ashworth ‘14 won the distance event with a time of 11:03.22. The Union men secured a first and second place finish with Adam Herzog ‘14 winning with a time of 10:11.82 and Tim Cameron ‘14 coming in second.
The women’s team went on to win the next two events, with Danielle Young ‘14 taking first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.13. Sarah Bradner ‘14 swam to a victory in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.38. The men’s team took second in these two events, with Zack Wahl ‘14 coming in just .06 seconds behind Ithaca’s Antoine Connors (1:47.28). Brian Scarlett ‘11 lost to Ithaca’s Connor White (54.08) by little more than half a second.
Kaleigh Ahern ‘13 secured a second place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, while Marois achieved a first place win with a time of 2:15.93. On the men’s side, the Dutchmen took second through fourth place in the 200 yard butterfly with impressive finishes by Lucas Tiziani ‘11, Matt Wahl ‘13, and David Wood ‘14.
The Dutchwomen finished second through fifth with sprinters Priscilla Wright ’12, Erica Fugger ‘12, Young, and Diana Fletcher ‘13. Fugger then took second in the 100 yard freestyle, over three seconds behind one of Ithaca’s top athletes, Sheila Rhoades (52.47). On the 3 meter diving board, Ian Drillinger ‘12 achieved a second place finish with a score of 286.73.
The teams came back with wins in the 200 yard backstroke as Bradner took first with a time of 2:11.52. Scarlett also secured a victory in this event, clocking in at 1:58.35. Ahern then achieved a win in the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing over five seconds ahead of the competitors at a time of 2:29.02.
Freshmen again dominated the distance events with Young finishing the 500 freestyle at a time of 5:23.73 and Ashworth securing second. Herzog won with a time of 4:55.55, with Cameron finishing in second place. Marois came in second in the 100 yard butterfly, while Zack Wahl touched out Ithaca’s Taylor Van Cott on the men’s side by .12 seconds, clocking in at a time of 52.97. Drillinger secured a first place finish on the one meter board with a score of 262.12.
Finishing up the events, Bradner secured a second place finish in the 200 yard individual medley, while the sprint freestyle team of Wright, Fugger, Young, and Ahern grabbed an exciting victory with a time of 1:39.71. The men’s team of Kevin Jung ‘11, Zack Wahl, Matt Wahl, and Tiziani secured a second place finish.
The Dutchmen and women continue their post-season competitions at the UNYSCSA Championships, hosted at Webster High School in Rochester, NY, on February 23-26.