Swimming and diving dominates, defeats Binghamton in home opener

Dani Kaufman, Senior Writer

In their home opener at Kinney Natatorium, the Bison men’s swimming and diving team defeated Binghamton by a team score of 172.5-127.5, while the Bison women’s swimming and diving team won by a team score of 174-121, building on their undefeated start to the season. The Orange and Blue collected numerous standout performances of the meet, with the women winning 11 events and scoring 1-2-3 in three different events. The men’s team won 10 total events, and the Bison went 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle.

On the men’s side, Liam Pitt ’22 won four events, two of which were individual: the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.07 seconds and the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.88 seconds. He also contributed to the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 3:05.56 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Seven other Bison helped win events, one of whom was Ryaan Hatoum ’23. Hatoum won his individual event – the 200 breaststroke – with a time of 2:10.83, and was also a part of the 200 medley relay team that captured first place. One final highlight was Leo Kuyl ’23, who was a member of the 400 freestyle relay and finished first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.51 seconds.

In the 200 freestyle, Mitch Gavars ’21 captured first with a time of 1:43.75, Matt Mills ’23 claimed second with a time of  1:45.3 and Sean Quinn ’21 placed third with a time of 1:45.94.

On the women’s side, Abby Merriman ’20 won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.22 and claimed the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:36.56, portraying her versatility in the pool. Meanwhile, Maddie Hartigan ’22 won the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.29 and the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.7.

Two members of the winning 200 medley relay, who won with a time of 1:56.68, also won individual events. The first of these, Emma Hadley ’20, won the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.7 while Alexis Faria ’22 won the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.45.

The Orange and Blue will take a trip to Annapolis, Md. for matchups against American, Lafayette, and Navy on Nov. 9.

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