Women Swim Strong, But Men Take A Dive

Maybe the Friday the 13th had something to do with it, but the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had mixed results in their first meets of the season at Syracuse. The men suffered a 137-89 defeat at the hands of the Orangemen while the women emerged victorious by the score of 133-109. Despite the Raider loss, several performances serve as a source of optimism for future events. Senior captains Dave Hill and Zach Grobengieser led by example at the meet as both turned in impressive results. Hill finished in 1st place in the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:23.73, and Grobengieser finished first in both the 50 and 100 free. He won the 50m with an impressive time of 22.23, and the 100 with a time of 49.18.

“I was satisfied with the effort we gave,” Head Coach Jungbluth said. “And of course, the attitude of the team is at an all time high… We have a long way to go if we think that we can attain our goals by the end of the season. Especially for our top swimmers.”

Despite falling behind early after the diving section, the Raider women stepped up and mounted an impressive comeback to defeat Syracuse for the second year in a row. The first event of the swimming section was the 400 medley relay. Colgate turned in a time of 3:56.02, which ranks fourth in school history. This result seemed to set the tone, as the Raiders dominated the rest of the meet and ended up winning convincingly. Sophomores Emily Murphy and Beverly Walker each won events that contributed to the Raider comeback. Murphy won the 200 IM and the 200m breaststroke while Walker won both the 50m free and 200m backstroke.

Both teams will look to build upon these initial results with the Raiders home opener against the Boston College Eagles on October 21.