La Salle Men Top Fordham; Ram Women Defeat Spiders, Explorers

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January 20th, 2020 College

La Salle vs Fordham vs Richmond (W)

  • January 18, 2020
  • Bronx, New York
  • Results

Courtesy: La Salle Athletics

BRONX – La Salle men’s swimming & diving picked up its second consecutive win of 2020, defeating the Fordham Rams in dominant fashion, 217-71. The Explorers won every single event except the 50 Free, and in the majority of those wins they took first and second place


  • Of the 14 swimming events, 10 were won with La Salle going 1-2. Fordham men’s diving did not compete.
  • The Blue & Gold tallied 11 individual victories with four Explorers notching multi-win afternoons: junior Daniel Johnson (2), sophomore Zachary Wolbert (3), freshmen Cole Dyson (2) and Trenton Burr (2).
  • Wolbert controlled his three swims, claiming the 100 Fly in 50.48 (over a second faster than the next swimmer), the 200 Fly in 1:51.38 (over three seconds faster than the next swimmer) and the 200 IM in 1:52.73 (almost four seconds faster than the next swimmer). Additionally, Wolbert helped power the 200 Medley Relay team to first.
  • It was a solid day for Johnson in the freestyle. The Annapolis native took both the 100 meter and 200 meter, timing 46.64 in the former and 1:41.96 in the latter. He was also part of the winning 400 Free Relay team.
  • Fast start for the freshmen: Dyson and Burr continued their impressive Spring semester on Saturday. Dyson emerged victorious in the 500 Free (4:41.79) and 1000 Free (9:38.94), while Burr outpaced the field in the 100 Back (51.72) and 200 Back (1:52.46). Dyson additionally helped the 400 Free Relay team to triumph.
  • The two other first-place finishers for La Salle were seniors Christoff Ras and Marcus Forsgren. Ras’ winning time came in the 200 Breast, clocking in at 2:05.36. He also finished second in the 100 Breast and 200 IM. Forsgren pipped his classmate to the 100 Breast victory with a time of 57.98 and also had runner-up results in the 50 Free and 100 Free. He additionally was part of the winning 200 Medley Relay side.


  • The Explorers have one more meet on the road at Loyola (Md.) this Monday before returning home for Senior Day vs. Seton Hall on January 25th.

BRONX – Women’s swimming & diving dropped contests to Fordham and Richmond on Saturday afternoon, bringing its record to 1-2 in the new year and 3-5 overall. Sophomores Sara Rizzetto and Anne Moser led the way for the Explorers with a win each.


  • Rizzetto picked up her top time in the 200 Free, clocking at 1:53.74. The Kriftel, Germany native also finished third in the 200 Back and 200 IM.
  • Moser defeated the competition in the 1000 Free with a time of 10:29.98, nearly two seconds faster than anyone else.
  • Freshman watch: Toni Rafferty placed second in the 50 Free and third in the 100 Free, while Lauren Fenn touched second in the 100 Back.
  • Other notable finishes include senior Emily Wolbert’s second-place finish in the 200 Fly. Sophomore Phoebe Shaya took second in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter.


  • La Salle will look to bounce back at Loyola (Md.) on Monday, followed by a Senior Day matchup vs. Seton Hall on January 25th.

Courtesy: Fordham Athletics

Bronx, N.Y. – (January 18, 2020) – The Fordham swimming & diving team had their Senior Day meet on Saturday afternoon at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center, hosting the La Salle Explorers and the Richmond Spiders.

Fordham began the day honoring 14 student-athletes that competed in their final home conference meet.  The Rams would follow by posting women’s wins over both Richmond (181.5-117.5) and La Salle (206-92).  The Fordham men were a bit shorthanded due to illness in their meet with La Salle, falling by a 217-71 score.

Senior diver Molly Dunn led the women, as she won both diving events with NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.  She won the one-meter dive with a score of 276.85, while setting a personal-best with a winning score of 284.75 on the three-meter board.

Junior Hannah McGee also had an impressive meet, taking first in the 100 butterfly in 56.85 seconds and in the 200 butterfly in 2:06.49.  She was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay with Michelle MartinAmelia Bullock, and Theresa Mullen, as they posted a time of 1:46.12.

Martin, Bullock, and Mullen each had an individual win as well, starting with Bullock in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.34.  Martin then took first in the 50 freestyle in 24.23 seconds, with Mullen grabbing the top time in the 100 freestyle in 52.97 seconds.

Fordham’s final two event wins came in the 500 freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay.  Clare Culver finished first in the 500 freestyle in 5:04.98, while Martin, Paulina Watson, Bullock, and Mullen were first in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:30.32.

In the men’s competition, Fordham’s Bryce Bollesen was the lone event winner for the shorthanded Rams, grabbing the top spot in the 50 freestyle in 21.65 seconds.  He was also a part of the 400 freestyle relay with Nicholas ChaoKevin Berry, and Patrick Wilson, that took second in 3:13.61, as well as third in the 200 medley relay with Scott Stern, Berry, and Wilson (1:35.87).
Aside from the relays, Wilson was also second in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.40) and third in the 100 breaststroke (58.51), while Chao was third in the 100 freestyle in 48.57 seconds.

Other top performers were Ethan Murray, who was second in the 500 freestyle (4:43.20) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:43.50), while Connor Wright was third in both the 100 (54.06) and 200 (1:55.49) backstroke events.  Nathaniel Guenther also had a pair of third place finishes in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.76) and the 200 IM (1:58.64).

The Fordham swimming & diving team will next be in action on Wednesday, January 22nd, as the Rams host their final home meet of the season against the Iona Gaels, beginning at 5:00 PM.

Courtesy: Richmond Athletics

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Richmond swimming and diving was back in the pool Saturday afternoon in New York City. The Spiders took on a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference teams at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center at Fordham University in the Bronx. The Spiders fell to the host Rams by a 181.5-117.5 score and defeated the La Salle Explorers 187-112.

The meet began with the 200-medley relay. The Spider quartet of Hannah Gouger (Cockeysville, Md.), Maggie Purcell (Southampton, N.Y.), Claire O’Shaughnessy (Laurel, Md.) and Eliza Manning (Frederick County, Md.) earned a second-place finish with a time of 1:47.12. The 400-freestyle relay closed the meet. The Spiders’ top team finished second as Kristine Mihm (Wexford, Pa.), Manning, Ellie Ronan (Marblehead, Mass.) and Lauren Medlin (Cary, N.C.) finished at 3:34.94.

In individual events, Grace Palfreyman (Bridgewater, N.J.) was the first point scorer, finishing the 1000-freestyle in fourth place with the team’s season-best time of 10:53.21. The 200-freestyle saw Manning and Medlin finish in fourth and fifth, with times of 1:55.47 and 1:56.30, respectively.

Gouger added Richmond’s first first-place finish of the afternoon, taking the 100-backstroke with a time of 56.95. Jordan Kohut (Raleigh, N.C.) and Mattie Williams (Lake George, N.Y.) finished in third and fifth at 58.54 and 59.29, respectively. Kohut set a season-best time in the event. Gouger added another first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at 2:03.44.

The 100-breaststroke saw freshman Sarah Greene (Tega Cay, S.C.) take second place at 1:07.33 and senior Lexie Gilbert (Annapolis, Md.) added a third-place finish at 1:07.47 as it was the first time she’s raced in the 100 breaststroke this season.

O’Shaughnessy continued her stellar rookie season with a third-place finish in the 200-butterfly, finishing at 2:08.99. Rachel Pak (Fairfax, Va.) added a fifth-place time of 2:17.49. In the 100-butterfly, O’Shaughnessy added a third-place finish at 57.65, just 0.31 off her season-best time set at the Richmond Duals.

Gouger added another third-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 24.74. The 100-freestyle saw Medlin and Ronan earn second and fourth-place finishes, respectively. Medlin recorded a time of 53.08, and Ronan was 53.81.

Purcell had a pair of first-place finishes during the day. She took first in the 200-breaststroke with a time of 2:18.99, her second-best time of the season. Gilbert finished the same event in fourth place at 2:26.77. Purcell continued her dominance of the 200 IM race, taking first with a 2:06.36 time. Williams added more points in the 200 IM event, taking fifth with a time of 2:11.78. In the 200 freestyle, Purcell came in second at a season-best time of 5:05.58 with Manning earning a fifth-place finish at 5:14.94.

In the diving competitions, Richmond earned a fourth and fifth-place finish in the 3-meter event. Freshman Ava Tuggle (Archdale, N.C.) earned fourth place with a score of 237.95, setting a new season high. Alex Beran (Basking Ridge, N.Y.) earned the fifth-place finish with a 227.05 score. Sydney Weiskopf (Clifton Park, N.Y.) added a third-place finish in the 1-meter event, scoring a 233.65.

Richmond is back in action next Friday at the Robins Center Natatoruim as the Spiders will host the Villanova Wildcats at 3 p.m. on Senior Day. The senior class of Maddy Chao (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Gilbert, Gouger, Manning and Weiskopf will be honored before the start of the meet.

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