Swim Teams Earn Hard-Fought Home Victories Against Springfield

January 11, 2014

The Panther swimming and diving teams competed at home for the first time in nearly two months with a dual meet against Springfield. The men (2-4) defeated the Pride by a 181.5-116.5 tally, while the women (3-3) edged out the visitors, 150-148. The Panthers return to action next Saturday, January 18th when they host Union at 2:00 p.m.

On the women’s side, the dual came down to the final event in the 400 freestyle relay. With Springfield behind 146-135, the Pride posted first- and third-place showings for 11 and two points, respectively. However, the Panther quartet of first-year Morgan Burke (Summit, N.J.), senior Andrea Tibbetts (Dover, Mass.), rookie Elinor Reinhardt (Westfield, N.J.) and junior Courtney Haron (N. Kingstown, R.I.) touched the wall in 3:42.27 for second place and four points giving the hosts the dual victory.

Individually, junior Jamie Hillas (Woodbridge, Conn.) won three events for the hosts. She touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly (58.76), the 100 breaststroke (1:07.09) and the 100 Individual Medley (59.51).

Tibbetts also picked up multiple wins during the meet in the 50 back (27.81) and the 100 back (1:00.26).

During the first event of the day, the team of Tibbetts, Hillas, sophomore Lily Sawyer (Barrington, R.I.) and Burke started things off right with a victory in the 400 medley relay in 4:02.00.

During men’s action, the Panthers picked up 11 victories in the 16 events contested including both relays. Leading the day off was the team of senior Ian Mackay (Vero Beach, Fla.), sophomore Stephan Keonigsberger (New York, N.Y.), junior Teddy Kuo (Bayside, N.Y.) and sophomore Bryan Cheuk (Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) in the 400 MR in 3:37.48. The quartet of Mackay, Cheuk, senior Mike Oster (Westfield, N.J.) and Lagasse closed the meet winning the 400 free relay in a time of 3:15.77.

 Multiple wins for the Panther men came from Mackay in the 50 back (24.61) and the 50 fly (23.40), while senior Nick Keenan (Queensbury, N.Y.) led the field home in both the 100 back (56.58) and 100 IM (55.59).

 Event victories also were produced by first-year racer Michael McGean (Lincoln, Mass.) in the 1000 free (10:03.16), Koenigsberger in the 50 breast (27.27), Cheuk in the 50 free (22.10), sophomore Paul Lagasse (Hopkinton, Mass.) in the 100 free (49.00) and sophomore Andrew Rosenthal (Potomac, Md.) in the 500 free (4:55.09).