By Nick Boncek
Last Friday night offered up another one of the countless matchups between historic rivals Union College and RPI. Although it was not the oldest rivalry in the state, or the pitting of two regional hockey powers against each other it did offer us one of the best swim meets the two schools have ever offered up.
The meet began with the women’s 200 Medley Relay team holding off RPI to take second by four-tenths of a second. Two races that would set the pace for the women that night followed. Anne Trojanowski ‘15 continued her second half dominance and in the 200 freestyle Lexi Bascom ‘12 once again came from behind to win and ensure the Lady Dutchmen nine essential points.
The women’s meet remained close throughout the meet with lead exchanges switching back and forth, culminating in a second win from behind by Bascom in the 100 backstroke, a second dominating performance by Trojanowski and a top to bottom showing in the 100 breaststroke where Rachel Clegg ‘14, Sarah Bradner ‘14 and Sonia Tiemman ‘14 went 2, 3, 5 respectively to set up a winner take all finally in the 200 freestyle relay.
With both teams doing everything they could to will their teammates to go faster the Lady Dutchmen gradually pulled away to win by almost four seconds, claiming their first win of the season by just one point, 119-118.
The men’s side was just as impressive with Adam Herzog ’14 continuing a year of close races in the distance events, accomplishing one of the most difficult feats in swimming, tying the mile, the longest event in swimming as well as winning the 500 by less than two tenths of a second.
Zack Wahl ‘14 remained a dominating force in his events winning the 100 butterfly for the sixth time in seven swims in his Union College career. Combined the Dutchmen went one and two in all three stroke events and won both relays leading to a 143.5 to 97.5 victory over the Engineers resulting in a sweep for the men and women for the third time in four years.
Union’s next home meet will be on Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. against Hamilton College.