Swimming Topples Elizabethtown in Dual Meet

Alexa Fitzgerald

On Saturday, November 18 the Drew University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to face Landmark Conference rival and host Elizabethtown College in a dual meet. Both teams captured wins towards their records. The women improved to 3-3 on the season with a 147-100 point triumph over the Blue Jays, while the men took a 135-121 victory to beat their second straight conference opponent gaining a 2-4 record.

Drew shined on the women’s side winning 13 of 14 events, including all the individual events. The Rangers went 1-2-3 in the 200 yard freestyle, along with three 1-2 sweeps. Katie Jefferson (‘20) placed first with a time of 2:06.51, Eve Morel (‘21) followed her in 2:10.40, and Jamie Riffel (‘20) rounded out the top three in 2:11.22. Eve Morel also won the 100 yard butterfly in 1:03.32.

Three individual victories were each secured by Jenny Stein (‘18) and Stephanie Cushman (‘20). Stein swam 26.15 in the 50 yard freestyle, 57.57 in the 100 yard freestyle, and 1:02.86 in the 100 yard backstroke. Cushman opened the meet with a win on the Rangers 200 yard medley relay squad. She then swam 1:15.78 in the 100 yard breaststroke, 2:15.33 in the 200 yard backstroke, and 2:23.92 in the 200 yard individual medley. Riffel also placed second in 2:19.92 to complete Drew’s other 1-2 sweep, behind Cushman.

Teammate Mal Vishwanath (‘20) placed first in both her events, finishing the 200 yard butterfly in 2:11.02 and the 500 yard freestyle in 5:13.72. Meanwhile, Kate Circus (‘20) clocked a 2:49.54 in the 200 yard breaststroke for first place. Audrey Keliehor (‘21) alongside Hailey Williams (‘20) registered an 11:56.42 and 12:28.55 to go 1-2 in the 1000 yard freestyle.

While the Drew men’s team won 10 individual events and the 200 medley relay event, it was a tight victory over the Blue Jays. Once again the Rangers went 1-2-3 in an event, this time in the 500 freestyle. Mack Fox (‘19) led with a 5:09.88, followed by Alexandre Sannibale (‘21) in 5:10.62, and in third was Garrett Pilkington (‘20) clocking in at 5:21.64.

For the men’s side, the Rangers had four 1-2 finishes. Fox swam a 10:25.82, while Pilkington registered a 10:49.63 in the 1,000 freestyle to finish 1-2. Then Drew earned another 1-2 finish in the 200 butterfly with Sannibale clocking a time of 2:09.84, which Jeremy Bradford (‘20) followed behind with a 2:13.91.  

Michael Ma (‘20) claimed three first place finished on the day. Ma swam 55.39 in the 100 backstroke, 2:16.03 in the 200 breaststroke, and 2:01.41 in the 200 individual medley. Jack Mahoney (‘20) took first in his two individual events as well. In the 100 freestyle he registered 50.81 and put up a 1:50.60 in the 200 freestyle. Ryan Underwood (‘20) rounded out another 1-2 finish behind his teammate in the 100 freestyle where he clocked a 51.75. The last 1-2 finish was completed in the 50 freestyle, led by Matheus Macena (‘21) in 23.02 and once again followed by Underwood with a time of 23.26.

Drew is back in action on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 when they host the annual Ranger Invitational. The event will be held at the Kirby Pool and conclude the 2017 portion of the Rangers swimming and diving schedule.

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