On Saturday afternoon the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams saw mixed results in their Patriot League season opener against Bucknell. The men suffered a 160-52 defeat to the Bison, while the women took home a 156-87 victory.
The men are now 0-5, while the women moved to a record of 2-2.
It was a difficult day for the Colgate men, who earned just one first-place finish in the meet.
The relay team of senior captain Tucker Gniewek, juniors Costas Hadjipateras and Teddy Perley and sophomore Dan Sweeney swam the 200-yard free relay in a winning time of 1:25.36.
The Raiders did manage to place in three individual events. Both Hadjipateras and Gniewek finished second in their races. Hadjipateras swam a 1:55.05 in the 200-yard fly and Gniewek finished the 100-yard freestylein 47.22. Sweeney swam an impressive time of 21.38 in the 50-yard freestyle, which was good for third place.
The women had another successful weekend as they dominated in ten events. The 400-yard medley relay team came out on top with a time of 3:52.33. The team was comprised of senior captains Caren Guyett and Erin McGraw, who each posted two individual titles as well, and sophomores Lia Kunnapas and Emma Santoro, who each placed first in their individual events as well.
Guyett won the 400-yard individual medley and the 500-yard free, while McGraw won the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard fly. Kunnapas earned a victory in the 200-yard backstroke and Santoro finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Junior Erica Derlath also added a first-place finish for the Raiders with a 10:22.11 in the 1000-yard freestyle.
On the diving end, sophomore Kim Pilka experienced continued success as she mastered both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. She scored 244.56 points in the 1-meter, a full 37.42 points above the second-place finish, and she scored 33.07 points over her closest opponent in the 3-meter dive as well with her 272.71-point victory.
The men’s team has a weekend off to train and recuperate before they face off against the historically competitive Kenyon team at the Kenyon Invite in Gambier, OH on the weekend of December 2.
The women are back in action this Saturday as they travel to Pittsburg to compete against Duquesne. The meet is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.