Mount St. Mary’s Down Team Records In Sweep of VMI

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October 24th, 2021 College, News

Mount St. Mary’s vs VMI

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
  • Emmitsburg, Md.
  • Results

Courtesy: Mount Athletics

EMMITSBURG, Md. (October 23, 2021) – The strong start to the 2021-22 season for Mount St. Mary’s swimming & diving carried over to the team’s home contest. Several team records toppled as the Mount took the dual meet with VMI – the women winning 204-91 and the men winning 184-114.

Out of the 32 events contested on Saturday, the Mountaineers finished first in 24 of them. Five events saw Mount swimmers in the top three positions.

Competing in their meter length pool, 11 team records were shattered during the meet. Kira BuchlerJason FitchPeter JonesNicholas Santorelli and Aidan Grady broke two records each. Buchler won the 100 meter (1:04.69) and 200 meter (2:21.88) backstrokes, as did Fitch with times of 58.94 in the 100 and 2:14.44 in the 200. Jones earned his mark in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events, while Santorelli secured his times in the 400 and 800 freestyles. Grady once again dominated the breaststroke, anchoring a 1:03.12 in the 100 meter and 2:21.23 for the 200 meter.

Relays also favored the home team, as the Mount captured all four races. The men’s 200 meter medley quartet of Jonathan Mata, Grady, Thomas deXavier and Jones set a new team record, racing the event in 1:46.04. Combined with a second-place time of 1:47.80, the event set the tone and garnered the momentum to help the Mountaineers take the meet.

Four times either tied or broke records for the ARCC Swimming Pool, including both of Grady’s breaststroke marks.

For the Mount women, they continued their dominance over the Keydets, earning a 17th win against no defeats. Saturday’s win also marked the second-ever against VMI for the men, and their first victory as a unit since beating Howard in November 2018.

Both teams now standing at 1-0, Mount St. Mary’s looks ahead to a pair of dual meets in New York next weekend. The Mountaineers face St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday and Wagner on Saturday.

Courtesy: VMI Athletics

EMMITSBURG, Md. – The VMI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2021-22 seasons Saturday at Mount St. Mary’s University (Md.), falling 184-114 on the men’s side and 204-91 in women’s competition.

Each team recorded several top performances. Sophomore Anne Bowles paced the women’s team with victories in the 100-meter (1:18.58) and 200-meter breaststroke (2:54.14). London Yerasimides won one 1 meter diving competition with a score of 167.70 and was second in the other 1 meter with a total of 166.45. Freshman Rachel Greathouse won the 200 free in 2:13.03 in her first collegiate meet and was second in both the 200 fly (2:33.07) and 400 free (4:37.02). Ruki Sarkari took second in the 100 back in 1:12.17, Kate Taylor was third in the 50 free (29.76) as was Sarah Liebenow in the 800 free (10:30.27).

Jillian Maher was fourth in both the 100 free and 100 fly and Carter Wasser was fourth in the 220 back. The 200 medley relay team of Sarkari, Bowles, Maher and Greathouse was second in 2:09.17 while Isabella DeCosta, Taylor, Liebenow and Wasser took third in the 400 free relay in 4:29.10.

Junior Bridger Thurston had first-place performances in both men’s 1 meter (224.65 and 220.25) diving competitions. Connor Doyle won the 200 free in 2:01.32 and was second in the 200 back in 2:16.01. Freshman Ethan Griffith finished in 2:15.67 to win the 200 fly and fellow freshman Sam Chopper was second in the 400 (4:24.93) and 800 free (9:08.29).

Ryan Cooper took second in the 200 IM in 2:16.16 and Jack Sheehan was second in 54.31 in the 100 free. Chino Vera had two third-place finishes; in the 100 back (1:00.80) and 50 free (24.84). Tyler Blackwell was third in the 100 fly in 100:84 and joined with Vera, Chase Lane and Dalton Cosner to finish the 200 medley relay in 1:48.64 for third place. Doyle, Cosner, Sheehan and Vera were second in the 400 free relay in 3:38.08.

The Keydets host Howard University Saturday, November 6 at 1 p.m. in Clark King Pool.

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