The men’s and women’s swimming teams went on a road trip over the weekend to St. Lawrence College and Union College. Though they fell short on Saturday against Union – 98-143 for the men and 99-144 for the women – both teams came out on top against St. Lawrence on Sunday.
The men’s swimming team won two events, one relay and one individual, in its loss at Union. Freshman Bobby McCue was the individual winner, placing first in the 200-yard breaststroke, turning in a time of 2:17:51. He also took third in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:49.90. Senior Jonathan Dennison was the runner up in the free with a time of 2:22.09. The team also took home seven runner-up finishes and four third-place finishes in individual events.
The Yellowjackets started the meet with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay, which they won with a time of 3:43.05. Freshman Kevin Balch, McCue, freshman Kevin Howard and junior Ryan White were the four participants in the relay. The 400-yard free relay of sophomore Timothy Anderson, sophomore Joseph Kaule, Dennison and White took second place with a time of 3:25.28.
Balch also had two second-place finishes – he was second in the 50 free with a time of 22.95 seconds and second in the 100 free, finishing in 50.36.
Howard placed second in the 200 individual medley and was also the runner up in the 200-yard backstroke with times of 2:04.16 and 1:58.07, respectively.
Other members had notable times as well. Kaule was third in the 100 free, with a time of 10:28.48. Junior diver David Mitsche placed second on the one-meter board, scoring 222.09.
The women’s swimming and diving team also lost to Union on Saturday, but claimed three individual event titles and one relay title. Sophomore Nora Hoefer won the 200 free with a time of 2:00.83. Hoefer also took third in the 100 free, finishing in 56.51, and was part of the winning 400 free relay, along with freshmen Elizabeth Subjeck, Kathryn Lukens and Dayna Jacob. Their winning time was 3:45.84.
Senior Danielle Scherry captured first place in the 100 free, finishing in 10:53.06. She was also third in the 200-yard butterfly, with a time of 2:20.59.
Senior Denise Moseman was the other individual winner, clocking in at 2:34.67 to take first place in the 200 breast. Senior Kelly Fischer finished second in this event, with a time of 2:34.9.
Freshman Cailee Caldwell also scored in three events. She was the leadoff leg in the 400 medley relay, which finished in a time of 4:27.63. She was runner up in the 200 IM with a time of 2:19.52 and took third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:16.69.
Other notable times included Jacob’s 26.27 to take third in the 50 free and Subjeck’s 5:26.55 to finish second in the 500 free.
Of the divers, freshman Jaime Sorenson was third on the one meter, scoring 175.35, and third on the three meter, scoring 175.05.
On Sunday, both teams fared better. The men defeated St. Lawrence 176-55, building off of 11 first-place finishes.
Freshman Cole Brown took first in the 1000 free, touching the wall at 10:32.02. Backing him up in the event was sophomore Pat Messmer, who took second with a time of 10:41.98.
UR also took first in the 500 and 200 free events. Balch placed first in the 500, and Anderson took second, with times of 5:02.08 and 5:11.33, respectively. In the 200 free, McCue placed first at 1:50.39. In addition to his first-place finish in the 200 free, McCue took second in the 100 free with a time of 50.05. Balch added to his win with a second-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 22.97.
The Yellowjackets took first in two relay events. The 200 free relay team of Dennison, White, Balch and McCue came home with a victory, finishing in 1:32.93. The 200 medley relay team of Howard, sophomore Chris Jensen, White and Kaule also took first with a time of 1:43.73.
UR continued to rack in first-place finishes in additional individual events. Junior Bruce Maki took the win in the 400 IM with a time of 4:24.66 and Howard placed second, finishing in 4:27.64. Howard earned a victory of his own in the 100 back with a time of 56.29 and Kaule took second with a time of 59.50. Jensen took his win in the 100 back with a time of 1:04.63. In the 100 fly, junior Eric Fischer placed first with a time of 58.29. Just behind him was sophomore Danny Friel, who finished second with a time of 58.35.
The divers took the points across the board. Mitsche placed first in both the one-meter and three-meter boards with scores of 173.33 and 198.23, respectively. Freshman Kyle Cron took second in both events, with a 115.35 in the one-meter and 103.05 in the three-meter.
The women also had success on Saturday, beating St. Lawrence 133-101. Scherry placed first in the 1000 free with a time of 11:17.98 and sophomore Libby Cavagnaro finished second with a time of 11:50.83. In the 200 free, Hoefer placed first at 2:01.40 and Subjeck took second with a time of 2:02.98. Hoefer and Subjeck also placed one-two in the 100 back with times of 1:04.48 and 1:05.75, respectively.
Jacob had second-place finishes in two free events. She placed second in the 50 free with a time of 26.27 and second in the 100 free with a time of 57.74. In the 400 IM, Lukens placed first with a time of 5:00.88 and Moseman placed second in 5:06.64. Lukens also earned a second-place finish in the 500 free, touching the wall in 5:30.29. Caldwell took first in the event with a time of 5:24.29. Kelly Fischer came in second in the 100 back with a time of 1:12.23.
The Yellowjackets took all the diving points again in the women’s match up.
Sorenson placed first in both the one-meter and three-meter boards with scores of 204.53 and 194.85, respectively. Junior Cheryl Blechman took second in both events with a score of 178.20 on the one-meter board and 130.55 on the three-meter.
This weekend both teams travel to Carnegie Mellon University to face off against Carnegie Mellon, Franklin & Marshall College and Washington & Lee University for a two-day event.
Letson is a member of the class of 2009.