Women Swimmers Set Records

 

 

Alex Whitaker

The Colgate women’s swimming and diving team finished their home schedule in style on Saturday, defeating both Binghamton and UMass at Lineberry Natatorium. While the Lady Raiders sliced through the Binghamton Bearcats, 222-78, and slid past the UMass Minutewomen, 183-117, the men’s squads for both visiting schools had little trouble manhandling the Raiders.

In addition to the women’s victories, their relay teams set two records. First-years Leslie Strobel, Alaina Sullivan, Kate Murphy and Kim Siembieda set the new Colgate first-year time for the 200 medley relay, clocking in at 1:51.41. This time was .37 seconds faster than last year’s first-year squad, who previously held the record. Later in the day, another foursome broke the Lineberry Natatorium record in the 400 free relay. Murphy, along with sophomores Beverly Walker, Lisa Marchi and Ashley Bottger, finished in 3:29.60, which was almost half a second faster than the previous mark set in 1993.

Other notable performances were by Sullivan who posted a winning time of 1:08.00 in the 100 breast, Walker, who notched three individual victories in the 100 back, 200 back and 100 fly, and Marchi, who captured three victories of her own in the 100, 200 and 500 free.

Meanwhile, the men’s team struggled to keep up with the Bearcats and the Minutemen, losing 207-84 to Binghamton and 234-66 to UMass. Senior Greg Dunlavey fared well in his last home meet, finishing second in the 100 free and fourth in the 100 back, while anchoring the third-place 400 relay team with sophomore George Bennitt, junior Zach Whitman and fellow senior Zach Grobengeiser. Bennitt recorded the Raider’s best time in the 200 free this season, finishing fourth in 1:45.52. Senior Dave Hill gave two strong performances as well, finishing third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 200 breast.

Both teams will be back in action and looking for respective titles at the Patriot League Championships on February 15-17 at Bucknell.