Swimming and diving splits weekend at Loyola

Holly Burns, Senior Writer

The Bison men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams faced Patriot League rival, Loyola, on Nov. 23 in Baltimore. The women’s team improved their record to 6-1 on the season with a 171-129 win, while the men’s team suffered a tough 187-108 loss to bring their record to 5-2.

Emma Hadley ’20, Maddie Hartigan ’22 and Abby Merriman ’20 all came up big for the Orange and Blue, each placing first in two events: Hadley in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, Hartigan in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle, and Merriman in the 500- and 1,000-meter freestyle.

Not only did the Bison place first in the 500- and 1,000-meter freestyle, but they secured second and third place in both events as well. Hartigan and Emily Gorham ’21 placed in the 500 freestyle, while Gorham and Amanda Lauer ’21 placed in the 1,000 freestyle.

Lily Atiyeh ’23 placed first in the 1-meter dive, while Alaina Schumann ’21 and Naomi Douek ’23 placed second and third, respectively. Paige Schoelkopf ’20 contributed additional points to the Bison after earning first place in the 3-meter dive.

Alexis Faria ’22 and Maggie Wyngowski ’21 also placed first in the 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley (IM). Catherine Craig ’23 placed second in the 200 breaststroke; however her time of 2:19.54 marked the eighth-best time in the University’s history. With this win, the Orange and Blue women improved to 5-1 in the Patriot League.

“Loyola hasn’t always been a team that we worry about, but they have been rising the ranks this year, so to win the meet we knew that we would have to swim well. Throughout the meet, we had amazing swims that ultimately got us the win. It was a great way to go into break,” Hadley said. “This week we have our mid-season champ meet, so coming out of that win we are hoping to have more great swims and show the rest of the league what we are made of.”

On the men’s side, the Bison still earned some first-place victories against the Greyhounds, despite the ultimate loss.

Will Cadwallader ’22 placed first in both the 1-meter dive and the 3-meter dive. Cadwallader’s score for the 3-meter dive currently sits at ninth in school history. Cadwallader also scored very well in the 1-meter dive, despite already occupying the fourth spot in school history for this event.

In addition to Cadwallader, Leo Kuyl ’23 won the 50 freestyle and Carter Weiland ’22 won the 200 IM.

The 400 freestyle relay made up of Kuyl, Christian Stef ’23, Alan Flower ’23 and Matt Mills ’23 also secured a first-place spot for the Bison. The Orange and Blue went 1-2-3 in the 400 freestyle relay.

In light of the loss, the Bison men’s team is still 4-2 in the Patriot League and hopes to continue improving in upcoming meets.

The Bison men and women will both compete in the Bucknell Invitational at Kinney Natatorium from Dec. 6-8. In addition, some of the Orange and Blue will travel to compete in the U.S. Open in Atlanta from Dec. 5-7.

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