Swimming and diving season begins with a strong start

Justin Schaumberger, Sports Co-Editor

The men’s and women’s Bison swimming and diving teams triumphed in their season opener this past weekend at Colgate. The Bison won a total of 15 events including both individual competitions and relays.

Both youth and experience were on display for the Orange and Blue as the entire team excelled. Noah Basista ’24 and Caroline Mahoney ’24 dominated the competition in their collegiate debuts. Mahoney won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke along with competing on the 200 medley relay team that finished first. Basista won the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and placed first on two relay teams. Not to be outdone, the upperclassmen also put on a stellar showing. Maddie Hartigan ’22 won first place in the 100 freestyle while Maggie Wyngowski ’21 placed first in the 200 IM.

Alexis Faria ’23, 100 butterfly, Kate Gottwald ’24, 3-meter dive, Sabrina Vumbacco ’23, 200 freestyle, Stephanie Walsh ’24, 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley team of Mahoney, Walsh, Faria and Hartigan were the other Bison women who finished first in their respective events.

For the men, John Gehrig ’24 won the 100 freestyle and Leo Kuyl ’23 won the 50 freestyle. The team of Sam Miler ’23, Basista, Gehrig and Kuyl finished first in the 200 medley, while the 200 freestyle relay was won by Gehrig, Basista, Nate Romanowski ’21 and Kuyl.

“Overall we had an awesome meet. We went to Colgate to take advantage of the opportunity of being able to compete again so we tried our best and had some really fast and impressive swims,” Maggie Wyngowski ’21 said.

Overall, the Bison had an exceptional start to their season and will look to carry their success when they travel to West Point to take on Navy on March 20.

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