The Eastern College Athletic Conference is a bit unique in that it holds an early-season version of its conference championship, the Winter Warm-up Championships. The Warm-up Championships is a 4-session, timed finals meet that takes place in December, almost three months before the full, prelims-finals conference championships.
At the 2013 Winter Championships, the Stevens Institute of Technology took home its fourth straight championship on the men’s side. The ducks also came in with the defending champion women’s team, but fell to a rising New York University program.
The meet kicked off with a short session Friday night, then had two separate timed sessions on Saturday before concluding on Sunday morning.
Stevens charged to a 70-point victory over the 4-session, 3-day meet, led by Ravi Sun‘s 3 individual wins. Sun took the 200 back (1:50.93) to open Saturday and won the 100 back (51.08) and 400 IM (4:04.88) in the same session Saturday night. He was rewarded for his efforts with the Swimmer of the Meet Award on Sunday.
Stevens also took 4 relay titles, breaking meet records in 3 of them. The 200 free relay of Shawn Hanak, Joshua Lefeber, Tomasz Wolinski and Tyler Hessler broke a meet record in 1:22.97 to win. Wolinski, Hanak and Lefeber joined with Nick Noga to win the 400 free relay in a meet record 3:04.07 and Sun, Lefeber, Jack Rees and Hanak went 3:23.55 in the 400 medley relay for another meet record. The 800 free relay of Alex Zu, Lefeber, Wolinski and Noga were also meet champions with a time of 6:50.03.
Wolinski won the open 200 free for Stevens in 1:41.08, just ahead of Noga in a 1-2 sweep. Noga returned the favor in the 500 free, claiming the Winter Championship title in 4:40.67 just over Wolinski.
New York University took second for the men, pushing Stevens over the 4 sessions thanks to Jeremiah Crowley’s three wins and two meet records. He took the 50 free and 100 free in meet record times of 20.87 and 45.20, respectively, and also won the 100 fly in 49.46.
NYU got another meet record from Matt Kendall, who went 57.73 in the 100 breast, and also won the 200 breast in 2:04.15. Two more NYU swimmers picked up titles, Jason Bo in the 200 fly and Ethan Louie in the 1650, and NYU’s team of Charles Wu, Kendall, Daniel Tay and Crowley took the 200 medley relay to open the meet Friday night.
College of Staten Island’s Danila Novikov went 1:50.99 to break the meet record in the 200 IM. In addition, SUNY Oneonta got a win in the 1-meter diving event when Jermaine Miller scored 277.10 to best all competitors.
Final Team Scores
1 Stevens Institute of Technology 1,741
2 New York University 1,672.50
3 Suny Oneonta 777
4. Manhattan College Jaspers 691.50
5 St. Francis College 585
6 Fairfield University 570.50
7 American University Swimming 393
8 Suny New Paltz 358.50
9 Adelphi University 271
10 Lehman College Lightning 247
11 Baruch College 223
12 Suny College at Old Westbury 178
13 College of Staten Island 125
14 New Jersey Institute of Tech 70
New York University bulled past defending champions Stevens for the women’s team title, winning 7 individual races and 3 relays. Emily Doerner was particularly dangerous on the day, winning three titles and contributing to all three winning relays. Doerner swept the backstrokes, going 57.05 in the 100 and 2:06.79 in the 200 before adding a 100 fly championship (56.83) Saturday night.
The 200 medley relay team of Doerner, Katie Webber, Krista Traub and Sela Wang went 1:46.39 to shatter a meet record on the first event of the meet, a sign of things to come for NYU. Wang, Elise Gibbs, Akemi Aiello and Doerner won the 200 free relay in 1:36.71 and Wang, Aiello, Webber and Doerner combined in the 400 free relay to go 3:34.05 to take the title.
NYU also got individual wins from Wang (50 free, 24.32), Joanna Kostin (1650 free, 17:06.51) and Ashlie Pankonin (1-meter diving, 244.35).
Stevens wasn’t able to defend its title, but it wasn’t for lack of effort from Brittany Geyer. The junior won four events, broke three meet records and was named Swimmer of the Meet for the Ducks. Geyer went 2:17.47 in the 200 breast Saturday morning for her first meet record. She followed that up with a double on Saturday night, pairing a 1:05.42 100-breaststroke win with a 4:27.76 meet record in the 400 IM. Finally on Sunday, Geyer went 2:08.71 to set one more meet record in the 200 IM.
The Stevens Ducks also got individual wins from April Lawson in the 100 free and Danielle Caruso in the 200 free. The 400 medley relay team of Sharon Rooker, Geyer, Maria McClure and Lawson also took a win, going 3:54.39.
SUNY New Paltz won two events, with Chelsea Allocco going 5:00.76 to break a meet record in the 500 free and the 800 free relay team winning in 7:45.20.
Siena College also took a race, with Amanda York winning the 200 fly on Saturday morning.
Final Team Scores
1 New York University 1,650.50
2 Stevens Institute of Technology 1,297.50
3 Siena College 949
4 Suny New Paltz 765
5 Fairfield University 754.50
6 St. Francis College 489.50
7 American University Swimming 487
8 Suny Oneonta 309
9 Columbia Women’s Swimming 302
10 Baruch College 293
11 Manhattan College Jaspers 274
13 College of Mount Saint Vincent 120
14 St Joseph College Long Island 114
15 Suny College at Old Westbury 102
16 Lehman College Lightning 69
17 Hunter College 52