Fordham Downs Manhattan in Season Opener

Manhattan at Fordham

  • Oct. 18, 2019
  • Bronx, N.Y.
  • Men: Fordham def. Manhattan 144-92; Women: Fordham def. Manhattan 173-63
  • Results

Courtesy: Fordham Athletics

Bronx, N.Y. – The Fordham swimming & diving team began its 2019-20 season on Friday night by sweeping a dual meet from Manhattan College at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center.  The Fordham women defeated the Jaspers, 173-63, while the men took home a 144-92 win.

The Rams ended up with four multi-event winners, three of which came in the men’s competition.  Newcomer Josh Stegen posted wins in the 100 (47.30) and 200 (1:42.54) freestyle events, while fellow newcomer Patrick Wilson took the top spot in the 50 freestyle (21.59) and the 100 breaststroke (58.12).  Diego Perez was the final multi-event winner for the men, winning both diving events with scores of 221.25 (1M) and 209.40 (3M).

Other men’s winners included Spencer Clarke in the 200 IM (1:56.28), Casey Sawyer in the 100 butterfly (51.81), and Ethan Murray in the 500 freestyle in 4:48.69.

In men’s relay action, the 400 medley team of Clarke, Wilson, Christopher Sleutjes, and Stegen, won in a time of 3:30.53, while the 400 freestyle squad of A.J. Frakes, Sean Finlay, Sleutjes, and Murray finished first in 3:16.80.

On the women’s side, Amelia Bullock was the lone multi-event winner, as the Rams won all 13 events on the evening.  Bullock placed first in the 100 butterfly (55.46) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.55).

Aside from Bullock, other event winners were Chloe Mitchell in the 1000 freestyle (10:41.40), Clare Culver in the 200 freestyle (1:53.38), Michelle Martin in the 50 freestyle (24.49), Vaula Vekkeli in the 200 IM (2:08.01), Molly Dunn in the one-meter dive (257.48), Theresa Mullen in the 100 freestyle (53.31), Alison Lin in the 100 backstroke (58.64), Caitlin McNary in the 500 freestyle (5:04.66), and Natalie Ortof in the three-meter dive (227.48).

In the relays, Martin, Bullock, Hannah McGee, and Mullen were first in the 400 medley in 3:51.81, with the team of Samantha McDonald, Catherine Alabanza, Mitchell, and Kiara Norris taking first in the 400 freestyle in 3:39.49.

The Fordham swimming & diving team will next be in action on Thursday, October 24th, when the Rams travel to Marist for a 6:00 PM meet.

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics

Bronx, NY – Fordham defeated Manhattan 144-92 on the men’s side and 173-62 on the women’s side in the annual ‘Battle of the Bronx.’

Sophomore Branden Deiss (Benoni, South Africa / Crawford College Lonehill) finished in first place in 1,000-yard freestyle, with a time of 9:50.19, an improvement of over two seconds from his last meet at the NJIT, and second in the 500-yard freestyle, just three-tenths off of first place.

Junior Artur Polyak (Haifa, Israel / Pittsburgh) earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a winning time of 52.59, while also taking third in the 200-yard Individual Medley (2:01.64).

Senior Timothy Valentine (Massapequa, NY / Chaminade) rounded out the individual winners for the men the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.65.

Manhattan captured a win in the 400-yard freestyle, as the team of Polyak, Deiss, sophomore Michael Popescu (Matthews, NC / Marvin Ridge) and junior Charles Ledda (New Fairfield, CT / New Fairfield) recorded a time of 3:22.48.

On the women’s side, freshman Ciara Dalton (Pleasantville, NY / Byram Hills) earned her first collegiate win in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.17 to go along with a third-place finish in the 200 yard Individual Medley (2:14.38) .

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the quartet of freshman Mackenzie Tuttle (Highland Mills, NY / Monroe-Woodbury), sophomore Sarah Hamilton (Northland, NZ / St. Cuthbert’s College), classmate Katelyn Hall (Nanuet, NY / Albertus Magnus) and senior Kali Nembach (Lynbrook, NY / Lynbrook) notched the winning time of 3:52.06.

Manhattan returns to action with a tri-meet in Jersey City against Kean and Saint Peter’s on Saturday, November 9.

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