Colgate Swimming and Diving experienced marked success over the long break, taking first for both the men’s and women’s teams at the Florida International University Invitational in Ft. Lauderdale. The women continued this trend by defeating Cornell in Ithaca with a score of 169 points to Cornell’s 130. For the men, Niagara finished second with 553 points, while the College of Saint Rose came in third with 532. On the women’s side, Florida International took second with 806 points, while the College of Saint Rose ended up third with 172 points.
Perhaps the single most impressive performance came from Erin McGraw, who won five events for the day. She won three individual events beginning with the 50- yard fly as she had a mark of 26.69 seconds. She followed that with wins in the 100-yard fly and 100-yard individual medley. McGraw finished with a time of 58.23 second in the fly event, while it took her 1:00.01 to take first in the individual medley. She then teamed up with Lia Kunnapas, Emma Santoro and Caren Guyett in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:49.11 to take first. She then closed out the relays with a first-place finish in the 200-yard free, along with Emily Kelly, Kunnapas and Guyett. The team ended up with a time of 1:39.47.
Guyette also found success in the pool, walking away with two individual victories. She won the first women’s event, which was the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.61. Her second win came in the distance event with a time of 5:03.29 in the 500-yard freestyle. Kunnapas won the 100-yard breaststroke at 59.18 seconds and Santoro took home a win in the 50-yard breaststroke with a mark of 32.17 seconds.
For the men, Dan Sweeney provided support with three event wins. He started the day in the 50-yard butterfly and took first at 23.83 seconds, while also finishing first in the 100-yard freestyle with time of 48.38 seconds. His final sprint victory of the day came in the 100-yard butterfly. He finished with a mark of 55.62 seconds.
Teddy Perley also had an impressive day himself with two event wins. He took home the title in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01 and swam to a win in the 100-yard individual medley, finishing at 55.62 seconds.
Trevor Healy, Devon Healy, Henry Bottger and Patrick White were the four swimmers that earned the win. In the other men’s relay, Dan Sweeney, Tucker Gniewek, Perley, and White swam to a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:29.93.
Later in the break, both teams faced Cornell in Ithaca. The women finished with a 169-120 victory over the Big Red. The men, on the other hand, fell 149-127. Casey Powers, Healy, Hadjipateras and Sweeny each contributed personal victories to the team total.
The women’s team was supported by three individual event victories from Guyett in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly, and 500-yard freestyle. Her final win put the Raiders up by 14 points and Colgate never gave up the lead.
Derlath also contributed a first-place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle relay with Hunter, Kunnapas, McGraw and Guyett in the pool.
Additionally, Kim Pilka dove to victory and swept both diving events with a score of 271.49 points in the 1-meter dive and 266.62 in the three-meter dive.
Colgate will be back in the pool on January 22, taking on Binghamton and Vermont in the meet.