By Robert Dickey
SPRINGFIELD — On Saturday, the men’s and women’s swim teams hosted their second home meet of the year on Saturday. Although the effort was there, both teams dropped the meet in a close fashion to Middlebury.
The men lost by a score of 156-138 but there were several impressive individual efforts. Sophomore diver Conor Pennington won both the one and three meter boards, continuing a string of dominance. The national qualifier flew to a score of 310.80 on the one meter and 340.88 on the three meter board to earn the victories.
Freshman Erik Jensen was the biggest contributor in the water for the Pride. The New Jersey native took home first place in 500 freestyle (4:55.46), the 1,000 freestyle (10:07.51) and the 100 fly (54.19).
Jensen’s impressive day didn’t stop with his first place finishes as was part of a relay team that finished first in the 200 medley. Junior Sean Harnish, sophomore Anthony Soares and sophomore Sean Mitchell teamed up with Jensen to deliver a time of 1:39.20, earning themselves the victory.
Harnish, Mitchell and Jensen were joined by senior Tim DeCoste in the 200 freestyle relay and finished with a time of 1:29.78, good for a close second and sophomore Nick Smith concluded the men’s strong effort with a win individually in the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 1:48.79.
The women’s meet came down to the final few points as they lost, 155.5-14.5. Like the men, the Pride women’s team had several incredible efforts in the loss.
The day started on the right foot as the relay team of freshman Grace Moore, sophomore Brianna McGee, junior Amelia McKenzie and senior Haley Cordery won the 200 medley, clocking in with a time of 1:52.28.
The women continued to impress individually led by Moore. The Connecticut native took home first place finishes for the Pride in the 50 backstroke (28:44), the 100 backstroke (1:01.07) and the 100 IM (1:02.47).
McKenzie also placed first in the 50 breaststroke, earning a time of 32.54. Sophomore Izzy Ripp finished second in the event, right behind McKenzie clocking in at 32.65 in what ended up as a thrilling finish.
Senior Sierra Skaza has dominated the diving boards all season long and this meet was no different. She scored a 269.40 on the one meter board and a 283.05 on the three meter board, both which were good for first place.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be off for the remainder of the month after finishing their meet on Saturday. After the holiday season, both teams will be back in action on January 12, traveling to Oneonta, New York to face Hartwick and Union.
Featured photo courtesy of Helen Lucas