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Monday, Apr 22, 2024

Swimmers and Divers Almost Perfect in Home Opener

Author: David Lindholm
Sports Editor

The Panther swimming and diving teams had a split weekend, as the women cruised by Hamilton by a score of 161-82, whereas the men's team fell in a close decision, 127-110.

Many strong individual performances highlighted the day for the women. Sophomore Lizzy DeWitt finished in first place in the 200 back in a time of 2:11.05, earning her an NCAA B cut. Fellow sophomore Kellianne Egan clocked in at 10:49.04 in the 1000 free, a time which was good enough for first place. Winning the 200 free was sophomore Sarah Groff in 1:57.50 while one of the team's many strong first-year swimmers, Lauren King, took first in the 50 free with a time of 25.53.

The day turned out to be dominated by first-years, as other winners for the women included Kate Miller '05, the victor in the 200 yard IM in 2:13.22, Leigh Bayer '05, who won the 200 fly in 2:14.83 and Leigh Taylor '05 in the 500 free with a time of 5:13.08. First-year diver Tessa Truex took first place in one and three meter diving. The women also took first place in the 400 free relay.

On the men's side, senior Derek Chicarilli continued to lead the way for the team, winning both the one and three meter diving competition. Chicarilli, along with first-year diver Blake Lyons, earned an NCAA B cut in the one-meter diving. Senior Grayson Stuntz took first place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.31, while Robert Norman '05 won the 200 fly in 2:02.28. The men also took first place in the 400-medley relay.

The teams now set their sights on next weekend, as teams from Union will arrive on Saturday, and Dartmouth on Sunday. The women, with a record of 5-1, hope to keep their distance on the 4-2 men.