Swimming and diving teams wash away the competition

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By Gabriela Criscuolo

The 2014-2015 season for Union’s Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams has been a competitive one. With the men and women’s records currently both 2-6, the teams have put up some tough battles against talented teams such as Williams, Middlebury and Amherst Colleges from the NESCAC league for Division III Athletics. Both teams have earned some big wins this season, including the men’s and women’s first-place finishes at Union Relays early on, and the women’s victory over Hartwick College last weekend, with a score of 170-121.

After coming off a loss last weekend against skillful Hartwick College and Springfield College in a tri-meet, the men’s swimming and diving team pulled out a win against rival RPI on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Alumni Gymnasium Pool. The men tallied 11 first-place finishes overall in the meet, winning 139-104.

The evening started with the four-person 200-medley relay team of Andrew Welch ’15, John Enquist ’17, Brendan McClure ’18 and Benjamin Nadareski ’16, who finished with a time of 1:37.17.

Other notable first-place winners were Welch in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, and Nadareski in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. Also, Matthew Hellauer ’16 claimed first in the 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle, and John Enquist, voted Liberty League Swimmer of the Week, earned first in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke.

In diving, Union earned the top three places in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. Sam Hoyt ’18, Liberty League Diver of the Week, earned first with scores of 317.85 and 327.08. In second and third places following Hoyt were Jeremy Sagaille ’15 and Cameron Robertson ’16.

In their meet on Saturday, the final scores came down to the last event of the meet: the 200-yard freestyle relay. By only two seconds, Middlebury pulled through to achieve the win over Union, defeating the Dutchmen by just three points, 122-119.

The women’s swimming and diving team put up a tough fight this weekend at the Alumni Gymnasium Pool, but the team lost both of its meets, losing to RPI by only 10 points.

On Friday, the Dutchwomen earned six individual first-place finishes. Anne Trojanowski ’15 earned first in the 100-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle. Heather Wright ’18, Christy Brown ’17 and Alexis Wojtowicz ’17 defeated RPI in the 50-yard freestyle, and Wright earned first in the 100-yard freestyle competition. Wright, Wojtowicz and Naina Thota ’17 took home first in the last swimming event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In diving, Sarah Dimmitt ’16 took first place in the 3-meter dive.

The following day, the women were defeated 86.5 to 149.5 by a strong Middlebury team.

Despite this, the Dutchwomen earned four first-place wins, including diving competitions by Sarah Dimmitt in the 1-meter and Clara Shealy ’18 in the 3-meter dive.

In swimming, Wright and Wojtowicz earned first in the 50-yard freestyle and Christina Belforti ’17, Liberty League Swimmer of the Week, won the 200-yard backstroke.

In their next meet, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be on the road to Clinton, N.Y., where they will face off against Hamilton College on Saturday, Jan. 24. This meet will be the second to last of the regular season for both teams.

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