By Chris Allen
Union College Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team training together and enjoying each other’s company over winter break.
The Union swim team ventured to Springfield, Mass. on Jan. 4 where the team squared off against Springfield College and Hartwick College. The first meet for both the men and women’s team was against Springfield who came in with a 2-5 men’s record and a 5-3 women’s record.
The women’s team fell to Springfield by a total of 127 to 166 while the men’s team was able to clinch a victory with a total score of 191 to 109.
The next matchup was Hartwick who came in with a men’s record of 10-1 and a 7-5 women’s record.
The men’s team was able to fight off the Hartwick Hawks by a score of 189.5 to 104.5, and the women’s team completed the sweep of Hartwick by winning by a score of 150 to 138.
Sophomore Ben Nadareski said, “The last meet was the first time the men’s swim team won the tri-meet against Springfield and Hartwick, it was the first time in Union’s history.”
For the women’s team, they were able to have 25 top-five finishes and an outstanding six first-place finishes. Freshman Christina Belforti had a stand out performance this weekend as she captured three event victories.
The first of the three was the 100-yard backstroke where she had a time of 1:01.86; she followed this with a 200-yard backstroke in 2:11.16 and finished the day with a 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.99. With this performance, the Liberty League awarded rookie of the week to Buelforti.
The Liberty League also awarded Junior Anne Trojanowski as she was recognized as Swimmer of the Week. She deserved this award after she posted a time of 2:16.69 in the 200-yard butterfly and was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay that had a time of 1:43.6.
The Liberty League also recognized sophomore Sarah Dimmitt, who was given the recognition of Diver of the Week. In the matchup against Hartwick, Dimmitt got fifth place in the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Her scores were 185.85 and 165.4.
The men’s team was able to obtain a combined 27 top-five finishes and 11 first-place finishes.
Senior Zack Wahl, who has been described as a leader of the team, was able to achieve three wins for the Dutchmen. The first win was in the 200-yard butterfly, in which he had a time of 1:57.49. His next victory came in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:03.12 and finished with a time of 52.78 in the 100-yard butterfly. For those not familiar with the term IM, Individual Medley, it is a race that combines the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle into one race.
Another nice sign from the team was the fact that event winners varied in year, including two sophomores and one freshman and one junior.
Even in the relays, the Dutchmen were able to capture victories with junior Andrew Welch, freshman John Enquist, senior Zack Wahl and sophomore Ben Nadareski winning the 200-yard medley, and senior Billy Phillips, freshman Chris Koster, senior Adam Herzog and Nadareski winning the 200-yard freestyle relay.
For the Dutchmen divers, sophomore Cameron Robertson was able to put on a strong performance by finishing second for the three-meter and third in the one-meter dive.
Junior Jeremy Sagaille finished in second place in the one-meter dive and fourth in the three-meter. The men and women’s teams return to the pool Jan. 17 where they are away against rival RPI.