The women of Rochester swam and dove well a week ago against Brandeis University. Rochester handily beat Brandeis, 168-117.

“I was pleased with our performance,” Head Coach Danielle Herring said. “We swam more events than we are used to, and still executed our swims well.”

Many of the swimmers said that the conditions of the meet were not ideal, that the indoor pool was far too humid, dank and dreary, but that did not keep Rochester from performing well.

Rochester came home with a total of seven first-place finishes. Freshman Danielle Scherry won both the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley. Junior Erin Szajta won the 100-yard freestyle.

“It was a good race to build off of for the rest of the season,” Szjata said. “I was pleased with my performance, but I hope to improve throughout the rest of the season.”

Freshman Becky Fallon and Sophomore Michele Gruen won the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard butterfly, respectively. Gruen swam a season best in the 200-yard fly.

“Overall, the women raced well,” Herring said. “The conditions were not perfect, and it is good to know that we can still race when we are out of our comfort zone. This was our first meet against a fellow [University Athletic Association] competitor, and if we can continue this type of performance, we will go far this year.”

The diving team continued its streak of excellence. Junior Allison Easton did extremely well, and last weekend she had what Head Diving Coach Greg Brandes described as “her best meet yet.” Juniors Shannon Kahabka, Crystal Hoffman and sophomore Kara Nash also had a very good day on the board.

“This was a great practice for next weekend,” Brandes said. “Each of our divers had ten dives, which is the same format that will be used at the Liberty League Championships. I was very excited with how well they did, and I am very impressed with how much they have improved since I have been here. Needless to say, I am looking forward to next weekend, where I know that we will perform extremely well.”

Next weekend, Rochester goes to the Liberty League Championships where they are poised to do very well.

“We are seated very well right now,” Herring said. “We can really turn some heads.”

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