2019 Patriot Invite
- November 22-24, 2019
- Fairfax, Virginia
Courtesy: Drexel Athletics
FAIRFAX, Va. – Behind 14 more top-10 results on Saturday the Drexel women’s swimming and diving team won the 2019 Patriot Invitational in a runaway. The Dragons completed the three-day event with 850 points – 77.5 more than second place and a whopping 220 more than third place.
The Dragons added six more medals on Saturday and hit two NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
Megan Sicinski hit her ‘B’ cut in a silver effort in the 200 breast. She touched the wall in 2:14.64, the second-fastest mark in program history. Gabrielle Rudy finished in a close third at 2:14.77, the third-fastest time in team record books.
Lera Nasedkina led three Dragons in the top eight of the 100 free. Nasedkina placed second at 50.58, the second-best time in team history. Ryann Styer and Diaz finished back-to-back in seventh and eighth, respectively.
The Dragons closed out the event with fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the 400 free relay.
Drexel competes at the U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta Dec. 4-7 to close out its 2019 slate.
1. Drexel – 850
2. Florida Atlantic – 772.5
3. UNCW – 630
4. George Mason – 467
5. Seton Hall – 375
6. Richmond – 372
7. American – 235.5
8. UMBC – 163
9. Shippensburg – 8
Courtesy: UNC-Wilmington Men
FAIRFAX, Va. – UNCW’s men’s team led wire-to-wire to win the Patriot Invitational on Saturday while the women’s program continued it record-setting ways at the McKay Natatorium.
The Seahawks cruised to the men’s meet title, posting a 50-point win over Florida Atlantic. On the women’s side, Drexel took first followed by FAU and the Seahawks in second and third, respectively.
UNCW’s men’s team held off a hard-charging FAU squad to claim the championship. The Seahawks’ best individual finish was Josh Rigsbee’s third-place finish in the 200 Breaststroke. In the final race of the meet, UNCW finished second.
For the women, a pair of meet records were set by the Seahawks as well as a program freshman mark.
Junior Evan Arsenault captured the 100 Freestyle with a time of 49.54 seconds after swimming an identical time in the preliminaries earlier in the day.
Freshman Mary Grace Copeland, meanwhile, finished fourth in the 200 Backstroke with a UNCW freshman record time of 2:00.08, besting the previous time of 2:00.57 set by Hannah Stephenson in 2012.
The Seahawks return to the pool next on January 11 when they host Davidson in the final home meet of the season.