Swimmers and Divers Rule The Pool

Alex Whitaker

Both the women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams found success in Lineberry Natatorium this weekend, powering past visiting Boston University.

The women came out on top by a score of 132-111, building on great performances by sophomores Beverly Walker and Lisa Marchi. Walker won the 50y freestyle with a time of 24.56 seconds and the 200y backstroke, clocking in at 2:08.10. Marchi was victorious in the 100y and 200y freestyle, posting times of 52.83 and 1.53.87 respectively.

Sophomore Emily Murphy and first-year Kate Murphy joined Walker and Marchi for the always exciting 400y medley relay, which they won with a time of 4:01.11. Their time will go into the books as the ninth best in Colgate history. Emily and Kate Murphy also each took first and second in individual races, sealing the victory for the Raiders.

“Our goal for the women is to win the Patriot League title, period,” head coach Steve Jungbluth declared.

The outcome was similar for the men, who handedly defeated the Terriers 132-100 in their first victory of the season. Senior Zach Grobengieser won both the 50y and 100y sprint events, while junior Zach Whitman won the 200y butterfly and the 200y individual medley.

Both men also swam for the winning 400y medley relay team along with senior Greg Dunlavey and junior Dave Hill, finishing nearly three seconds faster than the BU team. Dunlavey also won the 200y backstroke event with a time of 2:01.90.

In the diving events, sophomore Stephen Haskin took second on both the one-meter and three-meter board. He finished with 225 points from the lower board and 246.98 from the higher, behind only the Terriers’ Brian Lawler.

“It was a big win,” said assistant coach Matt Crispino. “The men have been working extremely hard and they definately deserved it.”

After this weekend’s victories, the men stand at 1-2 for the season while the women jumped to 2-1. The Raiders will head to Lehigh this weekend for their first Patriot League action of the year.