The UR men’s and women’s swim teams had a successful Liberty League meet, with the men winning the event for the second consecutive year and the women coming in third. The men started their meet by placing third in the 200-yard freestyle relay of senior JD Dennison, freshman Bobby McCue, sophomore Matt Kaule and junior Ryan White with a time of 1:29.44, giving the team 32 points.
Junior Bruce Maki continued UR’s success by finishing the 500-yard freestyle in second place with a time of 4:53.87 to give UR 17 points. Freshman Kevin Balch finished sixth in 4:58.64, while sophomore Pat Messmer finished seventh with a time of 5:00.16.
In the 200-yard IM, Dennison finished third with a time of 2:00.40, freshman Kevin Howard finished fifth with a time of 2:04.68 and sophomore Danny Friel finished seventh with a time of 2:05.47 to give the ‘Jackets 42 points in one event.
In the 50-yard freestyle event, UR had a relatively weak showing with Balch finishing ninth with a time of 22.88 and Dennison finishing 10th with a time of 22.97. In the 400-yard medley relay, the ‘Jackets did well, with the “A” team of Balch, sophomore Chris Jenson, Howard and White finishing third with a time of 3:41.23. The “B” relay team of Maki, McCue, junior Eric Fischer and Messmer finished sixth with a time of 3:47.54.
In the diving portion of the meet, junior David Mitsche finished sixth in the 3-meter dive with a score of 271.35 and sixth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 275.05.
In the 200-yard medley relay, the UR men’s team of Balch, Dennison, Howard and Kaule finished second with a time of 1:39.75, while the “B” team of freshman Graham Bowman, Jensen, Fischer and Friel finished with a time of 1:44.82.
In the 400-yard IM, Howard finished fourth with a time of 4:24.80 to collect 15 points for the ‘Jackets. Friel crossed the finish in seventh place with a time of 4:34.11 to collect 12 points. In the 200 freestyle event, White came in second with a time of 1:47.57, McCue came in fifth with a time of 1:48.84, Messmer came in with a time of 1:51.15 and sophomore Tim Anderson finished the scoring for UR by coming in with a time of 1:53.41 in 10th place. In the 100-yard breaststroke event, UR continued their stellar performance when McCue finished second with a time of 1:01.28, Dennison finished with a time of 1:02.25 and Jensen finished eighth with a time of 1:03.46.
In the 100-yard backstroke, two freshmen guided the Yellowjackets by finishing second and third. Balch came in second with a time of 55.32, with Howard on his heels with a time of 55.58. White came in sixth with a time of 56.08 and Bowman finished off the scoring for UR by coming in 11th with a time of 58.36.
In the longest event, the 1,650-yard freestyle, Maki finished second with a time of 16:56.96, freshman Cole Brown came in fourth with a time of 17:17.64, Messmer came in sixth with a time of 17:30.46, Kaule swam a 17:44.41 to come in seventh and Anderson finished the scoring with a time of 18:32.81.
Howard led UR in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing second with a time of 1:57.15, followed by Balch in fourth place with a time of 2:01.08 and White in sixth place with a time of 2:02.91. Ryan White finished first among UR swimmers in the 100-yard freestyle, coming in fifth overall with a time of 49.09. In the 200 breast, three UR swimmers finished in the top five, with McCue finishing second with a time of 2:15.63, Dennison finishing next with a time of 2:16.04 and Brown clocking in with a time of 2:21.18.
Maki was the best finisher in the 200-yard butterfly, coming in sixth with a time of 2:05.60. In the 400 freestyle relay, the ‘Jackets finished third with a time of 3:17.76.
The men finished with 790 points overall for the meet. They next go to SUNY Cortland on Jan. 11 for a meet.
The women also showed success, finishing third in the Liberty League Championships. They started off very well with a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.91. In the 500 freestyle, sophomore Nora Hoefer finished second with a time of 5:19.23, freshman Kathryn Lukens finished third with 5:20.14 and freshman Elizabeth Subjeck came in fifth with a time of 5:22.98.
In the 400 medley relay, the “A” team of Lukens, senior Kelly Fischer, senior Danielle Scherry and freshman Dayna Jacob finished fourth with a time of 4:18.76.
In the diving events, freshman Jamie Sorenson came in fifth with a total of 286.50. In the three-meter diving event, junior Cheryl Blechman was the highest finisher, coming in sixth with a score of 300.05.
In the 200 medley relay, UR finished fifth with a time of 1:58.57. Scherry was the best finisher in the 400 IM, with a time of 5:00.66, good for seventh place.
In the 200 freestyle, Subjeck finished second, gathering 17 points with a time of 2:00.84, and Hoefer came in fifth with a time of 2:01.83. Fischer finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:13.09. Senior Denise Moseman finished 10th with a time of 1:14.12 and junior Jill Endres got some valuable points by finishing 14th with a time of 1:17.27.
In the 100 backstroke, freshman Cailee Caldwell came in sixth with a time of 1:03.51. Hoefer came in 10th with a time of 1:04.57.
Perhaps the best event for the UR women was the long distance event of the 1,650-yard freestyle. Lukens finished first with a time of 18:14.23. Scherry came in second with a time of 18:17.33, while Subjeck came in fourth with a time of 18:53.17.
Junior Megan Miller came in ninth with a time of 19:35.85, while sophomore Lilly Wynn finished 13th with a time of 19:56.11 and sophomore Libby Cavagnaro finished off the scoring for the ‘Jackets by finishing 14th with a time of 19:57.90.
Lukens was the first to finish the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:16.30, while Caldwell finished in 2:17.70. In the 100 freestyle, Hoefer came in sixth with a time of 56.59, Jacob followed her in ninth place with a time of 56.78 and Subjeck finished off the scoring for the Yellowjackets with a time of 56.90.
Fischer swam well in the 200 breaststroke, coming in fourth with a splendid time of 2:39.19, gaining 15 points for the team. Mosesman came in seventh with a time of 2:39.07 and gathered 12 points. Scherry was the best finisher for the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:23.67. The 400 freestyle relay team came in third with a time of 3:43.85.
Maystrovsky is a member of the class of 2009.