Swim Teams Host Middlebury Invitational

February 1, 2014

The Middlebury College swimming and diving teams hosted the two-day Middlebury Invitational on Friday and Saturday inside the natatorium. The event featured no team scores as Williams, Amherst, Springfield, Tufts and the University of Vermont also took part in the meet.

During the women’s competition, both the 200 and 400 medley relay teams picked up impressive wins. The 200 team comprised of Andrea Tibbetts, Jamie Hillas, Megan Griffin and Morgan Burke finished with a time of 1:47.86. The 400 squad comprised of Tibbetts, Jennifer Koide, Hillas and Burke touched the wall first in 3:59.22. The 400 free relay quartet of Alexandra Edel, Elinor Reinhardt, Madeline Pierce and Courtney Haron was third (3:38.96), while the 800 free relay team of Nicole Caci, Lucy Scott, Sara Swett and Koide was also third (8:03.19)

Individually, Koide recorded a pair of victories in the 200 Individual Medley (2:11.62) and the 200 breaststroke (2:25.04). Maddy Berkman won the 200 fly (2:11.11) followed closely by Lily Sawyer (2:12.00) and Swett (2:14.91). The top-four spots in the 100 fly were Panthers, led by Hillas (57.29), Griffin (58.14), Haron (59.80) and Berkman (1:00.03). Nora O’Leary won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.81) and finished second behind Koide in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.56). Another victory came from Tibbetts in the 100 back (58.57), just ahead of Claire Treesh (1:00.95) as numerous other top-five finishes were tallied.

On the men’s side, the 400 medley relay team of Ian Mackay, Stephan Koenigsberger, Teddy Kuo and Paul Lagasse touched the wall first in 3:30.39. The quartet of Lagasse, Nick Keenan, Mike Oster and Mackay collected a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay in 3:16.48.

Individually, Michael McGean and Mackay both picked up runner-up finishes. McGean was second in the 1000 free (9:44.91), while Mackay stopped the clock with a time of 47.65 in the 100 free. Additional top-five efforts came from Koenigsberger in the 50 free (4th, 22.01), Andrew Rosenthal in the 1000 free (5th, 9:59.65), Mackay in the 200 free (5th, 1:44.49) and Kuo in the 200 fly (5th, 1:58.86).

The Panthers will have a couple weeks off from competition before hitting the pool for the NESCAC Championships. The women's meet will be held on February 14-16 at Williams, while the men's will take place on February 21-23 hosted by Bowdoin.