Swimmers Split With Williams

January 27, 2007

The Panther swimming and diving teams earned a split with Williams as the two teams battled in Vermont on Saturday. The Panther women earned their first-ever win over Williams 161-139, while the men fell 170-126.

Junior Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) led the women to victory, capturing four events and making three NCAA "B" cuts. Ross won the 200 free (1:54.37), 100 free (53.30) and the 100 fly (57.83) and was a part of the 200 medley relay team. The team finished with a time of 1:50.21 and was comprised of Ross, junior Katie Chambers (Annapolis, Md.), senior Barbara Van der Veer (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.).

Chambers won a pair of events on the day, capturing the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.82 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.35. Her time in the 200 breaststroke is currently the fastest time in the NESCAC this season. First-year racer Katie Soja (Sudbury, Mass.) won the 500 free (5:09.11 and the 1,650 free (17:42.60), while junior Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) won both the one-meter (270.08) and three-meter (259.13) diving competitions.

The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Zach Woods (Monroe, N.Y.), and seniors Rob Collier (Catonsville, Md.), John Rayburn (Washington, D.C.) and Tim Lux (Sandy Hook, Conn.) won the event and set a new pool record with a time of 1:35.97. Rayburn, sophomore Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), first-year racer Schuyler Beeman (Guilford, Conn.) and junior Jake Pepper (Barrington, Ill.) comprised the 200 free relay that did the same, with a time of 1:26.31.

Woods won a pair of individual events, capturing the 100 backstroke (52.55) and 200 backstroke (1:54.23). In addition to being a part of winning relay teams, Lux won the 100 breaststroke (59.57), while Beeman captured the 50 free (21.74).