Rider Men, Lehigh Women Split Saturday Dual

Lehigh at Rider

  • Oct. 19, 2019
  • Lawrenceville, N.J.
  • Men: Rider 180-118
  • Women: Lehigh 187-106
  • Results

Courtesy: Rider Athletics

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Rider University men’s swimming and diving team defeated visiting Lehigh, 180-118, in a dual meet on Satuday afternoon at the newly renovated Coppola Pool at the Canastra Health & Sports Center.

The Broncs (1-1) picked up their first dual-meet victory of the season.

Rider had a big day in the pool as the team racked up victories in 12 different events, including both the 1M and 3M diving.

Senior Justin Carey (Landenberg, PA/Avon Grove) had a big day in the pool for the Broncs, winning four events. Carey came in first-place in the 100 free (45.72), 100 fly (49.33) and the 100 back (51.00).

Carey was also part of the 200 medley relay quarter that won alongside Andrew Iannacone (Yardley, PA/Holy Ghost Prep), Daniel Bonge (Allentown, PA/Salisbury High School) and Matt Lequang (Plainsboro, NJ/Notre Dame). Leading off the race, Carey set a new pool record in the 50 back.

Lequang also won the 200 free with a time of 1:41.86, while Iannacone finished in first-place in the 100 breast at 58.96.

Freshman Lucas Racevicius (Watertown, CT/Holy Cross High School) continued the strong start to his collegiate career, winning two events. Racevicius came in first in both the 200 back (1:50.11) and the 200 IM (1:54.36).

The other two swimmers to win on Saturday for Rider were Joe Gewartowski (Fort Washington, PA/Upper Dublin) and David Cooper (Spring, TX/Klein Oak). Gewartowski touched first in the 50 free at 21.07 and Cooper came in first-place in 200 breast (2:10.66).

Junior Dillon Walles (The Woodlands, TX/The Woodlands High School) was dominant on the boards once again for Rider, winning both the 1M (303.74) and 3M (328.28) for the third meet in a row. Walles also qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships on Saturday as well.

NOTES
– The meet was the first-ever inside the newly renovated Coppola Pool.
Cole May finished second in both the 100 fly (52.25) and the 200 fly (1:56.86).
Patrik Rollefson was second in both the 1M (246.52) and the 3M (271.95).
– Matt Lequang added a second-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:43.30.
– David Cooper also came in second in the 100 breast thanks to touching at 59.28.
David Rucci was second in the 200 IM (1:57.11), in the 200 back (1:53.16) and the 100 back (51.90).
Kyle Iorizzo finished second in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:51.06.

The Rider University women’s swimming and diving team fell to visiting Lehigh, 187-106, in a dual meet on Saturday afternoon at the newly renovated Coppola Pool at the Canastra Health & Sports Center.

The Broncs (0-2) suffered their second dual-meet loss of the season.

On the day, Rider won six individual events.

Sophomore Kayla May (Columbia, MD/Oakland Mills) had a big day in the pool for the hosts, winning three events. May finished first overall in the 200 free with a time of 1:54.47. She also touched first in the 200 back (2:06.23) and the 100 back (58.36).

Sophomore Kylie McMahon (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary’s) won a pair of events for the Broncs on Saturday. McMahon came in first in both the 200 fly (2:08.11) and the 200 IM (2:11.47).

Senior Olivia Iswalt (Reading, PA/Berks Catholic) was the other Rider swimmer to win, thanks to her first-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 24.63.

NOTES
– The meet was the first-ever inside the newly renovated Coppola Pool.
– Senior Meg Tomayko finished second in both the 1M (269.78) and the 3M (258.52). Tomayko also qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.
– Meagan Fornero was third in both the 1M (214.58) and the 3M (212.40).
– Kylie McMahon also added a second-place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 57.92.
Maire Wilson finished third in both the 1,000 free (11:15.84) and the 100 breast (1:10.91).

UP NEXT
Rider returns to action in two weeks as Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Marist comes to campus for a dual meet on November 2.

Courtesy: Lehigh Athletics

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Lehigh women’s swimming and diving team continued its hot start on Saturday. 18 hours after defeating West Chester and Bloomsburg the Mountain Hawks swam right past Rider, 187-106. With the win, Lehigh is now 4-0.

“I’m so glad the women pull out the win today,” said head coach Rob Herb. “This was a tough weekend, but tough weekends make tough athletes. The women worked hard and it’s nice to see positive results.”

From top to bottom, Lehigh showed why they are to be taken serious in the Patriot League. Throughout the day, a plethora of swimmers shined bright for Lehigh. Hannah Lord won her first collegiate race in the 1000 free with a time of 10:58.91. Danielle Prekop also won her first collegiate race in the 500 free with a time of 5:16.09.

In the 100 breast, Sam Gallego (1:10.00) raced past her opponents and won easily, while Liz Olszewski topped the 200 breast with a time of 2:28.26.

Freshman Sarah Hardy continued her dominance in the butterfly. In the 100 fly, Hardy won another race with a time of 57.28. In the 100 free, Ann Foley showed power and won with a time of 51.76.

The relay teams of Lehigh were once again dominant in the water on Saturday. Both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams picked up wins on the day. In the 200, Anna Thomas, Anna Francisco, Payton Miles and Olivia Giampietro won with a time of 1:47.68, while in the 400, Foley, Giampietro, Miles and Evie Gieseman recorded a time of 1:47.68.

In diving, Megan Fennell took first in the 1 and 3-meter dives. In the 1-meter dive, Fennell notched a score of 270.53, while scoring a 267.98 in the 3-meter dive.

Also adding solid contributions throughout the day were Sophia Poeta in the 100 back. Poeta was second with a time of 28.95. Tori Connolly finished second in the 500 free with a time of 5:21.34, followed with a second-place finish from Nicole Shek in the 200 IM at 2:13.35.

Up next, the Mountain Hawks will host Loyola Maryland next Saturday inside Jacobs Pool. The scheduled start time is 1:00 p.m.

The Rider Broncos topped the Lehigh men’s swimming and diving team on Saturday, 180-118. With the loss, the Mountain Hawks now have a 3-1 mark.

“I’m disappointed for the men,” stated head coach Rob Herb. “They put forth such a strong effort, but they just couldn’t come up with the touches today.”

The 400 freestyle relay team was fantastic for Lehigh on Saturday. The team of Walker Wilson, Caleb Eberly, Greg Giannella and Glenn Lasco compiled a fast time of 3:07.52.

The senior Wilson also won an individual event as well. In the 500 free, Wilson won with a time of 4:37.20.

Picking up his first collegiate win, freshman Andrew Sukach was the fastest in the 200 butterfly. Sukach recorded a time of 1:53.95, while Collin Hanlon won the 1000 free with a tme of 9:49.29.

The sophomore Lasco also picked up two close second-place finishes. In the 50 free, Lasco had a time of 21.35, followed by a time of 46.48 in the 100 free. In the 200 free, the captain Wilson finished second with a time of 1:42.11.

In diving, Addison Cochran placed third in the 3-meter dive with a score of 255.00. In the 1-meter dive, Tyler Keller finished third with a score of 209.32.

“We had a really tough weekend,” claimed Herb. “To have a workout Friday morning, then race at West Chester in a tri-meet, and then race a tough Rider team 18 hours later, it was a grueling weekend.”

Up next, the Mountain Hawks will take time to refresh their bodies and prepare for Loyola Maryland next Saturday inside Jacobs Pool.

“We are very excited to get rest and to take on Loyola in front of our great fans,” concluded Herb.

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