Swim and dive face rival Lehigh as season nears end

Bri Pomonis, Senior Writer

Bison swim and dive faced season rival Lehigh in the penultimate meet of the season on Jan. 20. The women secured a 171-129 victory, while the men dropped a 155-133 loss.

Coming off a loss against Army, the women totaled nine individual victories and a win in the 200 medley relay to serve Lehigh their first conference loss of the season. Maggie Wyngowski ’21 accounted for a third of the Bison victories in individual events, being first to the wall in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and 200 IM.

The 200 medley relay, comprised of Emma Hadley ’20, Leah Bloodgood ’18, Lindsay Smalec ’19, and Abigail Rosenberg ’19, tallied the team’s only relay win. Smalec and Hadley also scored individual victories in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively.

The win leaves the women more eager than ever to face the season’s best at the Patriot League Championship.

“I think the team is feeling very confident going into champs after a huge win like this under our belts. This only gets us more hyped to beat Lehigh and some other close competitors at Patriots,” Hadley said.

“Beating Lehigh got everyone on the team really excited. It not only motivated us to finish off the season working hard, but also showed us that our goals for the end of the season are possible as long as we put in our best effort,” Wyngowski said.

Despite falling short in the end, the men ended the matchup with 21 top-three finishes. Veterans Chadd Cummings ’19 and Chris Devlin ’18 had particularly successful days, combining to win five of the men’s six first place titles. Cummings won the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while Devlin secured the 100 and 200 backstroke, along with the 200 IM.

The two joined forces with Jacob Lubinski ’21 and Charlie McFarland ’19 to snag a second place finish in the 200 medley relay. McFarland earned another second place relay finish in the 200 freestyle with Kevin Adams-Mardi ’21, Jimmy Rush ’20, and Matt McGoey ’20. McGoey accounted for the team’s sixth first place finish with a time of 1:55:56 in the 200 butterfly.

Both the men and women will compete at the Navy Invite on Jan. 27, their final meet before the Patriot League Championship.

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