Swimming Struggles to Stay Afloat



Barry Rothbard

Both Colgate’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted Boston College for a meet last Saturday where their hopes for victory were drowned.

On the men’s side, the Golden Eagles simply overpowered the Raiders, winning by the final score of 168-131. While the Raiders could not have been pleased with their losing effort, they had some consolation. Senior Greg Dunlavey excelled individually, winning both backstroke events, the 100 m and 200 m, in times of 54.84 and 2:01.4; Dunlavey also spurred the Raiders towards victory as a team, leading off both the 200 m medley relay (which posted a winning time of 1:38.64) and the 200 m free relay (with a time of 1:27.51). Other performers of note were first-year Robert Rutkowski, who gained his first college victory in the 200 m fly with a time of 1:59.82 and senior Dave Hill, who took home the 200 m breast with a time of 2:18.57.

The women’s team lost a stunner, as they squandered a 143-140 lead in the final heat, the 200 m free relay, which they lost by .13 seconds. Colgate’s third best relay time of 1:37.13 seconds in this event was not enough to salvage victory, and it ended up losing by a mere two points, 151-149. The Raiders jumped out to an early lead after they took the 200 m medley relay by about 3.5 seconds with a time of 1:49.02 thanks to sophomore Beverly Walker, junior Kacy Reams, first-years Kate Murphy and Ashley Bottger’s strong efforts. Individually, the Raiders took home eight events, with Georgia native Walker and first-year Caitlan Curran winning three and two events each. Walker won both the 100 m and 200 m backstroke events with times of 59.70 and 2:07.77 and also won the 100 m fly with a time of 58.17 (which was also 7th all time for Colgate). Curran took both breaststroke events (100 m and 200 m) with times of 1:08.33 and 2:26.29.

Both the teams are looking to put these disappointing performances behind them, and they hope to rebound next week when they host Boston University.