Following a victory over local rival St. Francis Brooklyn, the LIU Brooklyn women’s swimming team is getting ready for the second half of the season.
In their last dual meet, the Blackbirds (1-2) defeated the Terriers, 91-89. The Blackbirds won eight of the meet’s 10 events. The team was led by the trio of sophomores Briana Vega, Nathalie Meyers, and Danielle Jefferies. Vega was a double-winner in the 50 and 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 24.27 and 54.66 in the two events. Meyers placed first in the 200 IM (2:14.00) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.43), while Jefferies finished first in the 100 butterfly (57.56) and the 500 freestyle (5:18:11). The three, along with sophomore Oleksandra Kashyrina, also won the 200-yard medley relay, with a time of 1:50.58. Sophomore Mads Carrigan (2:02.08) added a victory in the 200 freestyle.
LIU’s young roster, consisting of three freshmen and eight sophomores, has also had success in bigger meets. At the Rutgers Invitational, Jefferies finished tied for sixth with 92 total points, and Kashyrina finished tied for 16th with 64 points.
As the season continues, the Blackbirds will look to continue to improve their times as they get ready for the Northeast Conference Championship, February 15-18 in Boston, Massachusetts. The journey to the championship meet includes two home meets, Friday, January 27 against Wagner and Northeastern and Friday, February 3 against Saint Peter’s.
LIU Brooklyn returns to the pool Monday, January 16 when it heads to the Bronx to compete against Baruch and Manhattan College. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
News courtesy of LIU Brooklyn Athletics.