Women’s S+ D Wins Fifth Straight; Men’s Team Loses Two Meets



Both of the Colgate men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continued their separate streaks as the men lost to Binghamton on Saturday by a score of 197-103 and to Massachusetts the next day 182-106, while the women won on both Saturday and Sunday by scores of 166.5-131.5 and 189-110. The men’s season record fell to 0-8 while the women improved to 6-3.

On Saturday, the men won two events: the 200-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Costas Hadjipateras took the first of the Raider wins, finishing with a time of 1:59.67. For the relay, Hadjipateras collaborated with teammates senior captain Robert Rutkowski, senior captain Cameron Voell and junior Tucker Gniewek to capture first place with a 1:27.76 time.

The women’s team took a total of ten events. Sophomore Erica Derlath, senior co-captain Kim Siembieda, and first-year Kim Pilka were all double winners on the day. In winning the final event of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Siembieda, junior Erin McGraw, first-year Lia Kunnapas, and junior Caren Guyette shattered the previous pool record and reset it at 1:37.62.

“I think home field advantage helps our team tremendously because we train in that pool and are comfortable with its surroundings,” senior co-captain Caitie Curran said of the team’s trip to Vestal, New York. “It is always another challenge to face when the team travels to a different facility, but we are more than willing to overcome it.”

Returning home to Lineberry Natatorium, the men fell to Massachusetts despite winning four events. A double winner, Hadjipateras took first in both the 100-yard butterfly and as a part of the relay team that took the 400-yard freestyle relay. He missed winning a third race by .14 seconds, taking second in the 200-yard butterfly. Another of the Raider wins came from Gniewek in the 100-yard freestyle. He won the event by .5 seconds touching in 47.86. Junior Devon Healy took the final first place title in the 200-yard individual medley.

McGraw led the way, winning four events in the Raider women’s defeat of Massachusetts. Triple winners Guyett, Siembieda and first-year Emma Santoro also performed spectacularly against the Minutemen. Despite taking third in the 400-yard medley relay, the all first-year team of Kunnapas, Santoro, Ryan Marynowski, and Christy Butrus set a new first-year record with a time of 4:01.20. This weekend’s victory at home marks the team’s eleventh straight win at Lineberry Natatorium. In the diving pool, Pilka continued her stellar weekend, taking second place in the women’s one meter and first place in the three-meter diving competition.

Looking ahead, the women will seek to continue to extend their streak of five successive victories. To do this, the team will need to maintain the enthusiasm and passion, which has propelled them thus far.

“For the past couple of meets against Cornell and Bucknell, we have had more heart than them when it came down to the last relay,” Curran commented. “But I want us to have that heart and passion through the whole meet from event one to the last event.”

The Raiders will return to competition at Lineberry this Saturday when they will host a tri-meet featuring Army and Lafayette. The meet will serve as Senior Day for the team.