Parsons, Skaza lead Pride swimming and diving against Middlebury

By Helen Lucas
Staff Writer

The men and women’s swim team took on Middlebury College this weekend in their second home meet of the season. Both the men and women’s side lost, but both had some stand out swims.

Kent Parsons, a junior on the team, reflected on the weekend.

“We all did pretty well last weekend given the circumstances. Because of our limited numbers this year we have a hard time competing against large teams, I think our team’s ability to score multiple first, second, and third place finishes at every meet shows the talent we have as a group,” said Parsons.

Parsons was one of the top swimmers this weekend getting three first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (22.23), the 100 fly (53.66), and the 100 breaststroke (1:00.77). Parsons was also named Maroon Club Athlete of the Week for the men, due to his standout performance this weekend.

“My times are just a little faster this year than they were last year at this time. I attribute this to feeling a little stronger this season in the pool,” said Parsons. “We have been focusing on lifting more this year as a men’s team.”

Other first place finishers this weekend for the men’s side were Roberto Morales in the 1,000 yard freestyle (10:24.66) and Austin Von Heeringen in the 100 yard backstroke (55.42)

For the women, Emily Medeiros had another standout meet with three first place finishes in the 200 IM (2:15.81), the 100 fly (1:00.64), and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.54), which earned her the title of NEWMAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week. Olivia Paione had two first place finishes in the 200 free (1:58.21) and the 100 free (55.14). Diver Sierra Skaza had two first-place finishes this meet in the one-meter and the three-meter dives. Skaza received Maroon Club Athlete of the Week for the women, along with earning the NEWMAC Women’s Diver of the Week.

The Pride has been working hard in and out of the pool, and will continue to do so over winter break.

“We are preparing for our training trip in late December and intersession training so we can’t take breaks or have ‘easy weeks’ in this part of the season,” said Parsons.

After the team returns from their training trip to Florida they will host Hartwick and Union College at home on Dec. 7.

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