Women’s swimming and diving takes third, men’s ninth at ECAC Championship

Anslee Krouch, Senior Writer

The Bison men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in the ECAC Championships held from Feb. 23-25 at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center in New Brunswick, NJ. The men’s team took ninth overall with 177 points, while the women’s team finished in third with 309 points.

On the men’s side, Chris Devlin ’18 had yet another strong performance after his impressive showing the Patriot League Championship. He tallied the fourth-fastest time in program history, while swimming the 500 freestyle for only the second time this season.

Matt McGoey ’20, Charlie McFarland ’19, Vince Filippini ’19, and Kyle Bloom ’18 took seventh in the finals of the 400 medley relay. The team of Devlin, McGoey, Filippini, and Nate Romanowski ’21 also placed fifth in the 800 freestyle relay.

In individual performances, McGoey came in sixth in the 100 butterfly, ranking 10th in Bison history with a time of 49.91. He also placed sixth in the 200 backstroke, and his sixth place time of 1:49.75 was good enough to take the place of the eighth fastest time in program history. Garrett Sommer ’21 took seventh in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dive.

The Navy men’s team took first place in the meet with a score of 656.

“The team went into the meet with no pressure because of how well we did at Patriot League Championships last week, so we were able to relax and have fun while swimming at our final meet of the season,” McGoey said. “It was a good chance to swim some off events and see how well we could do against teams from other conferences.”

On the women’s side, the Bison saw top finishes in both relays and in individual events. In the 400 freestyle relay finals, Lindsay Smalec ’19, Julianna Foss ’18, Caroline Edelman ’18, and Abigail Rosenberg ’19 took second place. Smalec, Foss, Rosenberg, and Leah Bloodgood ’18 came in third in the 200 medley relay. In the 800 freestyle relay, the team of Maura McManus ’21, Smalec, Emily Gorham ’21, and Rosenberg had another bronze finish.

In individual events, Foss took second place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.86. Edelman took fifth in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.73, seventh best in Bison history. In the 400 IM finals, Steph Boyd ’19 finished sixth and Brooke Collins ’20 came in eighth.

Over the three days of the ECAC Championship, six Bison women and five women’s relay teams qualified for the “A” finals. The Orange and Blue finished in third place behind Navy and Penn.

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