Iona Men, Holy Cross Women Split Saturday Dual

Iona vs. Holy Cross

  • Oct. 12, 2019
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Men: Iona def. Holy Cross 166-88
  • Women: Holy Cross def. Iona 165-129
  • Results

Courtesy: Holy Cross Athletics

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross swimming and diving team competed against Iona in dual meet action Saturday afternoon. The women came away with a 165-129 win, while the men lost, 166-88.


  • Kayleigh Hoagland won the 200 free (1:56.56) and the 100 free (53.89).
  • Brianna Larnard was also victorious twice, winning the 200 fly (2:13.35) and the 100 fly (1:00.07).
  • Jordyn Vandergrift finished first in both diving events with a 238.04 in the one meter and a 168.60 in the three meter.
  • Fiona Walsh took first place in the 1000 free with a 11:05.42.
  • Katy Saladin did the same in the 100 back with a time of 1:00.45.
  • Emily Sullivan claimed first in the 200 IM with a 2:13.21.
  • On the men’s side, John Nascimben took second in the 100 breast with a 1:01.31.
  • Michael Brennan came in second in the 200 fly (2:00.58).
  • Ben Fox finished second in the 50 free with a 22.84.
  • Nathan Kramer also took second in the 100 fly (54.68).
  • A team of Christian Realbuto, Matthew Shea, Christopher Cerulli, and Fox finished the 400 free relay with a time of 3:21.80.


The Crusaders take on Bucknell next Friday, Oct. 18, at home at 4 p.m.

Courtesy: Iona Athletics

WORCESTER, MA – The Iona College men’s and women’s swimming and diving team kicked off their 2019-20 campaign on the road with a win and loss at the College of Holy Cross Hart Center Pool in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Iona men trounced the Crusaders 166-88, placing first in each of the 14 events they raced in. The Iona women, despite winning nine of the 14 swimming events, fell by a score of 165-129.

The opening 200-yard medley relays put Iona ahead, as the quartet of freshmen Grace Curry and Julia Moser provided an early lead for senior Aly Chain and junior Kate Flynn to finish the relay at 1:51.60, a seventh of a second ahead of the Crusaders. The men’s team of junior Spencer Moran, sophomore Jackson Madonia, senior James Whaley and sophomore Daniel Hadary ended up nearly 3 seconds ahead of Holy Cross at 1:37.93.

The 1000-freestyle saw a tight race between Holy Cross’ Fiona Walsh and Iona junior Isabelle Pabon; Walsh edged Pabon by one second at 11:05.42. Sophomore Isabel Minnis and senior Anna Desiderio placed fourth and sixth, respectively.

The men’s 1000-freestyle saw senior co-captain Matthew Anderson lead a 1-2-3 Iona effort with a time of 9:57.32, along with Robert Wisniewski and Trevor Foti taking second and third, respectively.

The Women’s 200-freestyle saw freshman Isabella Nicholson and junior Willow Lopez-Silvers go 1:57.14 and 1:59.63 for second and third, respectively. The men’s race saw Hadary and Aidan Holbrook go 1:46.46 and 1:48.48, respectively, for a first and second place effort.
The 100-backstroke had Curry take third at 1:01.05 with Moran and Gabriel Finch going taking gold and silver at 53.66 and 55.52.

Moser picked up her first career win, taking the 100-breaststroke at 1:10.04, with Kate DiRaimo and Ashley Cave placing fourth and fifth behind her. The men’s edition saw sophomore Jackson Madonia win at 1:00.53, with rookie Emil Bajramovic come in third.

Despite a fast closing lap, sophomore Sydney Ruschmeier came up .12 seconds short of Holy Cross’ Brianna Larnard at 2:13.47. James Whaley and Brian Connors took first and third respectively at 1:57.98 and 2:01.84.

The sprint group saw Flynn touch at 24.69 for the win, with senior Simone Sturrup third at 25.22. The men’s race saw Holbrook touch first at 22.62 with senior Alexander Cheruk third at 23.03.

The 100-freestyle saw Flynn and Holy Cross’ Kayleigh Hoagland tie for first in at 53.89. The men’s race saw Hadary finish at 48.90.

Iona freshman Meghan Pattison took her first career race in the women’s 200-backstroke, finishing in 2:08.43. The men’s 200-backstroke saw Moran and Finch take the one and two spots at 1:56.86 and 2:01.21.

The 200-breaststroke saw Moser lead a sweep for the Gaels, taking the top spot at 2:32.30, with Amanda Agostino and Kendall Paolicelli second and third.

The Men’s 200-breaststroke saw Madonia win at 2:14.49 with senior Shane Syron second at 2:19.50.

The 500-freestyle saw another freshman from the Iona women’s side, Nicholson, win at 5:18.49. Anderson, Wisniewski and Foti going placed one, two and three, with Anderson cruising to a 10 second win at 4:49.91 in the same race.

The women’s 100-butterfly had Chain and Sturrup grab second and fourth at 1:00.31 and 1:01.35, respectively. Whaley took the men’s race at 53.97.

The 200-individual medley on the women’s side had Paolicelli and Pabon take third and fourth at 2:18.04 and 2:18.35, respectively. The trio of Madonia, Anderson and Finch placed 1-2-3 with Madonia winning at 1:59.36.

The 400-freestyle relay quartet of Nicholson, Lee, Lopez-Silvers and Flynn touched a half second ahead of the Crusaders for the win at 3:39.43. The men’s team of Moran, Whaley, Hadary and Holbrook combined for a 6-second win at 3:15.38.

Next up for the Maroon & Gold is a home, quad-meet against Saint Francis Brooklyn, Sacred Heart and Wagner. The meet will be on Saturday, October 19 of Iona College’s homecoming weekend, with diving beginning at 9 AM and swimming starting at 11:30 AM.

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