By Erica Fugger
The Union Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams took on former Liberty League rival, Hamilton College, last weekend in their last away meet of the regular competition season. The dual meet was staged in a fast-paced thirteen-event sprint format, the first competition of its type for the Union teams this year.
After five consecutive wins against the Continentals, the Dutchwomen were defeated with a respectable score of 114-125. The team’s current season standing is 2-6. Reflecting on the outcome of the competition, diver Lia D’Ambrosio ‘12 commented, “The close score of the meet will be sure to fuel our fire for the next season.”
The men’s team fared well against their rivals, coming away with another victory, 132-105. The team currently has achieved a winning record of 4-1-3.
The Dutchwomen began the competition with losses in the first two events, but picked up a win in the 200-yard freestyle by Danielle Young ‘14, with a time of 1:58.74. This was Young’s third dual meet win in the event this season. The next victory was attained by Kaleigh Ahern ‘13 in the 200-yard individual medley. Ahern touched out Hamilton’s Elizabeth Bucceri by just .03 seconds, clocking in at a time of 2:15.65.
Andrea Marois ‘11 picked up a win in the 100-yard butterfly, with a best in-season time of her athletic career. She commented on her success saying, “I had my fastest 100 fly race this season yet by a whole second. I was pretty surprised and happy with how it went.”
Erica Fugger ’12 continued the winning streak for the Dutchwomen, achieving a victory in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 55.32. Young secured a second place finish in the event, less than a half a second behind. The last individual win was by Ahern in the 100-yard breaststroke, in which she beat the competition by over 2.5 seconds with a time of 1:08.39.
Union split the 200-yard freestyle relay in hopes of gaining first and second place victories in order to close the gap with the competition. Their efforts were successful with the relays, but the victories did not allow them to upset the Continentals.
The team of Priscilla Wright ‘12, Taylor Connolly ‘11, Suzanne Foley ‘12, and Young ‘14, took first place with a time of 1:43.58. The second place finishers were Fugger, Lexi Bascom ‘12, Marois, and Ahern.
On their relay victory, Foley remarked, “It was really awesome splitting the last freestyle relay for first and second place. It definitely showed off our hard work all season and ability to come together as a team at the end of challenging meets.”
The Dutchmen dominated the Continentals from the start with wins in the 200 medley relay and 1000-yard freestyle. The team of Brian Scarlett ‘11, Alex Boyd ‘12, Billy Phillips ‘14, and Kevin Jung ‘11, out-swam the Continentals, clocking in with a time of 1:37.93.
Adam Herzog ‘14 picked up an easy victory in the 1000-yard freestyle at 10:12.26, over six seconds ahead of Hamilton’s Bo Sievers. The next win was achieved by Ian Drillinger ‘12 in the three meter diving event, in which he swept the opposing competition, scoring over 76 points higher than Hamilton’s Beau Brians (298.58).
Commenting on the progression of the meet, captain Lucas Tiziani ‘11 remarked, “We were down several points at the first break in the meet, but we knew this might happen and were prepared to keep battling. None of the guys lost confidence and as a result, we were able to win some close races in the second half of the meet and come out ahead.”
As described by Tiziani, the Dutchmen continued to secure victories and strengthen their showings for the remainder of the meet. Zack Wahl ‘13 secured a win in the 100 yard butterfly, with a time of 53.02.
Michael Mooney ‘12 picked up his first collegiate victory in the 100-yard backstroke, winning with a time of 55.50. Scarlett was half of a second behind him, achieving a second place finish for the Dutchmen.
Herzog continued to control the lead in the distance events, winning the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:56.94. Dillinger picked up another win on the one meter board, finishing with a score of 2:90.17.
Boyd wrapped up the wins on the men’s side, swimming to a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:01.90.
As per the team’s exciting victory, captain Alex Connell ‘11 commented, “It was a great meet, and a total team effort. I believe the entire senior class will be able to look back at going 4-0 against Hamilton and feel great. I hope the streak can continue after we are gone.”
Saturday concludes the Swimming and Diving Teams’ dual meet season. The Dutchmen and Dutchwomen will face off against Ithaca College in their last home meet and Senior Night at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Gym Pool.