Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving earn second place at ECAC Championships

Noor Kaur, Staff Writer

The Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams finished their season with a fantastic performance at the ECAC Championships last weekend at the Naval Academy. After the first day, the women ended with 150 points.

Reggie Frias ’25 competed in the three-meter dive to earn first place with a score of 272.00. 

Teammates Kyla Kelly ’26 and Stephanie Walsh ’24 finished closely together in second (2:04.14) and third place (2:04.69) respectively in the 200 IM event. 

Esme Hunter ’24, Hanna Bingley ’26, Molly See ’23 and Megan Phelan ’23 earned the Bison a third place finish in the 400 medley relay, posting a time of 3:49.52. 

Phelan also competed in the 200 freestyle relay with Megan Leyden ’26, Walsh, and Jacqueline Rounsavill ’23 to place third with a time of 1:36.14. 

The men’s team ended the first day with 43 points. Nick Pirone ’23 competed in the one-meter dive, earning third place (278.70).

Chase Ferguson ’26, Ryaan Hatoum ’23, Matt Raudabaugh ’26 and Sam Sweetser ’26 earned seventh place in the 400 medley relay (3:26.28).

Going into the second day, the women stood with 328 overall points and the men with 241. 

Sabrina Vumbacco ’23, Emma Feld ’26, Walsh and Rylie Giles ’25 competed in the 800 freestyle relay, earning first place in 7:27.89. 

Meghan Catherwood ’25 won first place in the one-meter dive (269.05). This score places Catherwood second in program history. 

In the 200 medley relay event, Hunter, Bingley, Leyden and Alexandra Ritorto ’23 placed second with a time of 1:43.23.

Leyden also competed in the 100 butterfly with a 54.83 to rank third in the race and in school history. 

Chris Fabian ’24 won the 100 backstroke (48.75) for the men. 

Noah Basista ’24 finished the 100 breaststroke in 54.55 to earn third in competition and second in school history.

Jackson Vinarub ’26 earned third in his event, the three-meter dive, with a score of 296.85.

On the final day of competition, Vumbacco placed fourth in the 200 butterfly with a 2:05.23 time. 

“Coming out of the final competition this weekend to wrap up our 2022-2023 swimming and diving season as well as my senior year on the team, I couldn’t be prouder or happier for the success we have all had,” Vumbacco said. “We worked day in and day out to reach goals we set at the beginning of the year and it’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come as a team both in and out of the pool. One of the biggest things I think of when I look back on this year is not only our outstanding success as a program, but more importantly the fun we’ve had while competing and the endless laughs and smiles.” 

For the men, Braden Beagle ’26 earned second in the 200 backstroke (1:47.71). Fabian, Nick Shopis ’25, Shane Wynne ’26 and Chris Kopac ’25 formed the 400 freestyle relay team and finished in 2:59.62, ranking sixth in program history. 

Andy Dorsel ’25 swam in the 200 breaststroke (1:59.91) to rank fourth in program history.

“This team stepped up to the challenge this year and exceeded our expectations,” Dorsel said “We put together a great season and capped it off with some very fast swimming at our championship meets.”

Both teams ended the season with a second place finish in the ECAC, the women with 503 total points and the men with 416.

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