Women’s Swimming and Diving Stays Undefeated at Bucknell

Stephen Guss

Having not competed in a meet since the Kenyon Invitational in early December, it be would be logical to assume that both of Colgate’s swimming and diving teams would feel well-rested and eager for victory against Bucknell on January 10. However, this was not the case for both the men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team, coming off a win against Dartmouth, fell to Bucknell, 188-96 at Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. However, the women showed signs of greatness in their overwhelming victory 191.5-106.5 over Bucknell. With only four meets left in the regular season, Colgate’s men’s and women’s teams are headed in opposite directions.

The Raider women captured 13 of 16 events to improve to 5-0 on the season, while the Bucknell Bison fell to 5-2 overall. Colgate earned the top two spots in five events, while flexing its muscles in the 500 free style and 100 fly by claiming the top three finishes in those events. Seniors Emily Murphy and Ashley Bottger and sophomores Erin McGraw and Caren Guyett were all triple winners.

Colgate doubled in the 1650 and 200 free style as first-year Erica Derlath and senior Lisa Marchi won the respective events. Derlath posted the sixth-best time in Colgate’s history with a 17:10.53. Marchi and first-year Emily Peck went one-two in the 200 with times of 1:54.94 and 1:55.64 respectively.

The Raiders’ final win came from Becky Fisher. The sophomore added 243.08 points to win three-meter diving.

Despite first year Teddy Perley’s double-winning performance on Saturday, the Colgate men fell to 1-4 on the season. Perley won one of three individual events for the Raiders and swam a seasonal-best 59.76 en route to winning the 100 breast. He also joined with first-years Pat White and Costas Hadjipateras and sophomore Tyler Coolman to win the final event, the 400 free style relay, with a time of 3:15.95.

Colgate’s other two victories came in the 400 IM as sophomore Trevor Healy swam a winning 4:13.58, while junior Joe McGovern posted 239.40 points to win three-meter diving.