Swimming and Diving Travels to Beantown

Wil De Revere

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Boston for meets against Boston College and Boston University last weekend in search of their first victories.

The men started off the weekend on Saturday with a loss to Boston College by the score of 160.5-119.5. Colgate won a total of six events at the meet: the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay, 100 and 200-yard butterfly events and 200-yard breaststroke. The most noteworthy performances came from first-year Devon Healy, who won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.05, and junior George Bennitt, who placed first in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.66 seconds. However, Boston College, led by first-year John Maloy, ultimately proved to be too much for Colgate to handle. The Eagles won a total of 10 events en route to their 41-point victory over the Raiders. On Sunday, Colgate fell to Boston University, 165-104. BU won 13 events during the meet, as Colgate managed to place first only in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 400-yard IM and the 50-yard freestyle. First-year Trevor Healy won the 400-yard IM for Colgate with a time of 4:13.48, and classmate Tucker Gniewek placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.88 seconds. For Boston University, sophomore Jeff Wurm led the Terriers to victory with wins in both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke competitions.

Despite winning 10 total events, the women began their weekend with a tough loss to Boston College, 152-142. First-year Caren Guyett got the gold in both the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle races, while junior Beverly Walker won both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events. Colgate would also take the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. For Boston College, junior Caroline Byron led the way with wins in three events, which included the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle competitions. Against Boston University last Sunday, Colgate notched its first victory of the season, edging out BU, 148-146. Colgate won a total of eight events at the meet, which included two wins apiece from first-year Erin McGraw and junior Emily Murphy. McGraw placed first in the 200-yard butterfly with a final time of 2:06.32 and won the 100-yard butterfly in 56.62 seconds. Murphy earned the gold in the 50-yard freestyle with a final time of 24.35 seconds and emerged victorious in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.28.

The men will face Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in a dual meet on November 3. The women will be in Bethlehem as well on that day, but they will face both Lehigh and Navy.