The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to Lancaster, Pa. on Nov. 22 to compete against Franklin and Marshall College, Washington and Lee University and Carnegie Mellon University. All teams were scored against each other as individual dual meets even though they all raced at the same time. The men defeated F’M but fell to the other schools. The women lost in head-to-head matches against all three opponents.

The UR men came out strong overall, tallying one individual win, one third-place finish and two fifth-place finishes. Both relay teams finished fourth. Sophomore Kevin Howard won the 100 backstroke in an impressive 53.79 seconds.

Freshman Vince Ness also contributed to the team, placing third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.98.

The men did not fare as well in their relay events. The 200 medley relay of Howard, junior Chris Jensen, freshman Colin Funai and freshman Wesley Hood placed fourth overall, touching in at 1:40.09. The 400 freestyle medley of freshman Casey Slone, junior Pat Messmer, Hood and Ness also placed fourth, touching in at 3:19.81.

The UR women had more individual placements, but that did not translate well in dual-meet competition. Freshman Emily Scott finished in second place in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in an impressive 25.58 seconds.

Freshman Jennifer Chung placed second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:31.72 and fourth in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:10.68. Freshman Olivia Ehmann came in third in the 100 freestyle with a time of 55.99 seconds.

The women’s relay teams had a better showing, with the 400 freestyle relay coming in first and the 200 medley relay coming in third.

The winning relay comprised of Ehmann, Atwood, sophomore Dayna Jacob and Scott. They touched in at 3:44.51. The 200 medley team was made up of Atwood, Chung, Scott and Ehmann. Their third-place finish was in a time of 1:54.65.

Overall, despite some great personal times, the strong competition proved to be too much for the ‘Jackets on the road. UR will travel to Troy, N.Y. to compete in the Liberty League Championships, which are hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, this weekend.

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