The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams put it all on the line in a tough meet against Union College on Saturday. The men won a close meet, 152-146, while the women lost by only a few points, 142-158. Both teams now sit on a 1-2 record overall.

For the men, the relay team of freshman Ian Kruper, sophomore Vincent Ness, senior Patrick Messmer and freshman Adam Bossert provided a good amount of the 152 total points UR needed for victory. Freshman Christian Vu helped lead UR to second place in the 1,000-yard freestyle and first place in the 500-yard freestyle.

‘I think the team really worked hard and knew just when to pull out all the stops toward the end,” Vu said. ‘The men’s team was in a really tough position because we were losing by just a couple points, but the relays performed really well and so did the IMers and Distance swimmers.”

At the diving board, the men impressed the judges, taking all three top spots in the 1-meter dive. Freshman Elliot Lasher took first with a 193.80, sophomore Kenneth Johnson took second with a 160.21 and freshman Ethan Seigler rounded it out with a 112.50 total.

The women’s team kept up with Union for much of the meet but couldn’t close the gap when the pressure was on.

The women showed their strength in the 1,000-yard freestyle with freshman Corinne Lampe and junior Liz Subjeck coming in first and second, respectively. Subjeck also took second in the 500-yard freestyle behind junior Cailee Caldwell.

Freshman Stephanie Bolin landed first place in the 200-yard butterfly with a 2:16.54.

‘I feel like our women swam really well,” head coach Pete Thompson said. ‘They were just as focused and just as prepared as the guys. I think we have to give credit to Union more than anything else.”

Both teams look to even their records Friday and Saturday at Carnegie Mellon University.

UR has one meet left before it hosts the Liberty League Championships on Dec. 4 and 5.

Manrique is a member of the class of 2012.



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