Swim Teams Open Season With Wins Over Conn.

November 17, 2007

The Middlebury College swimming and diving teams opened up their seasons with victories over Connecticut College at home. The men earned a 168-116 win, while the women were 170-112 victors.

First-year racer Ryan Marklewitz (Charlotte, N.C.) picked up a pair of wins to lead the men's team, earning victories in the 200 back (2:03.18) and the 400 IM (4:23.41). Sophomore Schuyler Beeman (Guilford, Conn.) won the 100 back (56.56), senior Peter Bell (Deerfield, Mass) was a winner in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.23), while sophomore John Dillon (Wellesley, Mass.) won the 200 fly (1:58.49). Middlebury's other winners were junior Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) in the 500 free (5:01.80) and senior Joe Johnston (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who won both diving events.

The men's 200 medley relay team comprised of Beeman, Bell, Dillon and O'Rourke picked up a win with a time of 1:38.32.

Sophomore Yu Wang (Beijing, China) paced the women's squad with a pair of wins on the afternoon. Wang captured the 100 back in 1:01.93, while winning the 200 back in 2:12.96. Sophomore Katie Soja (Sudbury, Mass.) won the 1000 free (10:43.93), junior Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) was a winner in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.87), while senior Anna Flores (W. Hartford, Conn.) picked up a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.10).

Senior Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand) earned a win in the 50 free (25.14), first-year racer Emily McDonald (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) won the 100 free (54.90), while senior Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) won both the 1M (217.58) and 3M (219.08) diving competitions.

The 200 medley relay team comprised of McDonald, senior Katie Chambers (Annapolis, Md.), rookie Annie Friedlander (Deephaven, Minn.) and senior Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) won the race with a time of 1:52.48.