Swimming and Diving completes first virtual meet against Rider

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the first time this season, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams from Lehigh stepped back into Jacobs Pool on Friday night. The Mountain Hawks attended a virtual meeting with the Rider Broncs. The women’s team took an 84-38 victory while the men didn’t compete against the men’s times. Rider’s men’s team was quarantined today for contact tracing.

VICTORY!!!! Our ladies opened the season with an 84-38 win over the Broncs of Rider. # GoLehigh pic.twitter.com/dAcCYQO5Pe

– Lehigh Swimming & Diving (@LehighSwimDive) March 13, 2021

In the women’s event, the Mountain Hawks dominated most of the events throughout the evening, with senior Ann Foley leading the way with two individual wins. Foley won 100th (54.31) and 200th free places (1: 57.53). In the back of 100, Anna Francisco blew past the competition with a time of 58.60 for the win, while Anna Thomas won the 100 chest with a time of 1: 09.43.

In the 100 fly, the first year swimmer, Jordan Macdonald, was only just able to lead his teammate Malia Wolf for victory. Macdonald’s time was 59.62 while Wolf’s time was 59.71. In the 1 meter dive, Megan Fennell was the first with a score of 21,758. Freshman Emma Camp was right behind the senior with a score of 188.10.

Back to the 200 free swimmers, Sarah Manthorp from the first year took second place with a time of 1: 59.29, two seconds behind first-placed Foley. In the 50s Free Noel Fresa with 25.08 was enough for second place. In the 200 IM, Senior Thomas took second place with a time of 2: 12.75. Samantha Gallego was eighth tenths of a second behind Thomas in the 100th chest for second.

In the seasons, the Mountain Hawks recorded a total of three wins. In the 4×50 Free, the group of Foley, Fresa, Francisco and Olivia Giampietro won with a time of 1: 39.95, while in the 4×50 Medley with the group of Francisco, Gallego, Giampietro and Wolf they recorded a time of 1: 49.62 . Then came the third season win of the Mountain Hawks of Foley, Fresa, Manthorp and MacDonald at 3:40.91 in the 4×100 season.

Since the men weren’t competing against Rider’s times, the Mountain Hawks competed in a meeting between brown and white.

Glenn Lasco and Max Goldenberg each had two victories in individual events. For Lasco, the junior wins in the 100 (46.32) and the 200 free (1: 44.54). The wins of the senior Goldenberg came in the 100 fly at 51.95 and the 100 back at 54.32.

The first year swimmer, Connor Drucis, took a hard-fought victory in the 200 IM with a time of 1: 59.70. Senior Collin Hanlon was second with 2: 02.89. Another first-year swimmer to take a win was Aiden McCurley, the newcomer registered the win in the 50s free at 10:19 p.m. while runner-up Caleb Eberly finished second at 10:44 p.m. Two other individual winners on Friday were Connor Sept in the 100 chest (1: 01.71) and Keagan Casey in the 500 free at 4: 49.29.

Sophomore Janik Wing finished second in the 100 with 52.25, while Senior Matt Feryo finished second in the 100 with 54.73. Newcomer Casey also took second place in the 200 free run behind Lasco at 1: 45.29, and then McCurley added a second place in the 100 chest at 1: 0177, six tenths of a second behind Sept’s winning time of 1: 01.71.

In the seasons, Eberly, Casey, Hanlon and Lasco took first place with a time of 1: 27.80 in the 4×50 free, while the winning group of Feryo, Sept, Goldenberg and Eberly took first place in the 4×50 medley with 1: 37.29 occupied. In the 4×100 relay, the winning time of 3: 14.07 was finally won by the group Goldenberg, Hanlon, Lasco and Alex Patti.

Next, the Brown and White will travel to Lewisburg for a face-to-face meeting with the bison on Saturday, March 27th.

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