Last weekend, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team took on Middlebury in the Linkletter Natatorium.
The men’s team cruised right past Middlebury, 162-131. Jason Scotto (1:47.27), Nolan Manley (1:47.72) and Josh Frey (1:48.06) all had solid performances in the 200-yard freestyle.
Senior Travis Morse had himself a successful afternoon in the pool. He had two first-place finishes, with one of them in the 50-yard backstroke. Morse’s time was 25.72. Freshman Michael Normoyle won the 50-yard breaststroke in a time with 27.50.
For diving, sophomore Jack Lewis and senior Kenny Pancoast each earned national-qualifying scores. They were both very successful in the one-meter and three-meter board event. Lewis had a solid score of 276.15, while Pancoast had a score of 289.65 to earn himself first place.
Earlier this week, Pancoast was also recognized by NEWMAC for his strong performance Saturday. He is very pleased with the way he performed.
“Receiving national-qualifying scores on a regular basis is definitely encouraging. I also want to finish in the top eight at the NCAA Division III Diving Championships,” said Pancoast.
The senior from Monroe, Conn. has made a lot of improvements during the off-season to get to where he is now.
“I’ve been working really hard this year in and out of the pool. I have been doing a lot of cardio at the gym and have added new dives to my list this year,” Pancoast added.
The women’s team came away victorious against Middlebury as well. The final decision was a lot more intense than the men’s. The lady Pride won 153-147 off of a last-second victory in the 200 free relay. Callie Phillips, Amanda Shaw, Mary Masayda, and Kellie Pennington secured the win for their team with a time of 1:38.29.
Earlier in the meet, freshman Ashleigh Monroe picked up a victory in the 1,000 yard freestyle. Her time of 10:58.24 was good enough to earn first place.
In the 100-back, junior Kelsey Poole won first place with a time of 1:01.92. Overall, Poole was satisfied with how she performed Saturday. She was ready to bounce back in the 100-back, after coming up just short in the 50.
“Getting touched-out was a let down in the 50, but I was determined to come back and win the 100-back,” Poole said. Her success has been attributed to the hard work she has been putting in as of late. “I think I’ve gotten a lot stronger this season. Our new weight training program has been a huge advantage,” said Poole.
Poole has also made it clear that performing well at the NEWMAC Championships and posting good times every meet is what everyone on the team wants to do. Diver Jennifer Thompson believes in the same goal, and also wants to take it a step further.
“It would be an honor to attend NCAAs, and I would like to do so in addition to placing within the top three spots of the competition,” said Thompson.
Thompson won both the three-meter and one-meter events on Saturday.