Rider’s Justin Carey Takes Over Record-Breaking at MAAC Day 3


After his record-setting day on Thursday, Rider senior Zack Molloy won again on Friday. This time, it was the 200 free, which he won in 1:35.33 – almost a 4 second margin-of-victory over the runner-up Miguel Madeira from Marist College (1:39.03).

While it was another win for Molloy, it wasn’t another record – his conference mark of 1:34.84 from last year still stands.

On Friday, instead, it was Molloy’s teammate Justin Carey who went after the record books – taking out not 1, but 2 MAAC marks in the same session. First he won the 100 fly in 47.45, which broke Matthan-Matthew Martir’s school and conference records of 48.50 from last season. On the double, the sophomore won the 100 back by almost 2 full seconds in 47.40, this time taking out his own MAAC Record of 48.70 by 1.3 seconds in the final. He missed the magic on his 3rd swim of the session, leading off the team’s 400 medley relay in 3:1662 to miss another individual record.

His Rider relay took 2nd in that event in 3:16.62, under thee old MAAC record, but rivals Bryant, featuring a veteran relay with 3 seniors, fought back to win and steal the standard in 3:16.25.

A MAAC Record was broken on the women’s side as well when Iona’s Aly Chain won the women’s 100 fly in 55.52, breaking Morgan Hansen’s record of 55.87 set Friday morning in prelims. Hansen, a part of the electric Fairfield freshman class, improved, but not by enough, in finals with a 55.65.

Chain has now won the 100 fly each of her 2 collegiate years – dropping 2.37 seconds from her winning 2017 time. In spite of two individual event wins by the Iona women (senior Elizabeth Kacsmarek also defended her title in the 400 IM in 4:31.58), the team battle continued to be one between Fairfield and Marist, who were only separated by 6 points at the end of 3 days of competition.

Other Friday, Day 3 Winners:

  • Rider’s Luke Musselman won the men’s 400 IM in 3:54.21, keeping his perfect MAAC streak of 3-straight titles alive. This time, he dropped 2.4 seconds from last year and hit an NCAA “B” standard, though the time won’t be enough to earn an invite.
  • Bryant senior Benjamin Schulte won the men’s 100 breatstroke in 53.89, leading a big-points 1-2 for the Bulldogs.
  • Fairfield junior Kelly Cordes won the women’s 200 free in 1:50.86, beating out a very competitive field that included last year’s winner (Rebecca Anthone) in 2nd in 1:51.12. The top 4 finishers in the race were all better than Anthone’s winning time from last season.
  • Fairfield sophomore Colleen Young won the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:04.66.
  • Rider junior Taylor Stalnaker won the women’s 100 backstroke in 57.07, using a big back-half to overtake, and then hold off, Marist senior Georgia Goldman (57.23).
  • Rider got another win in the women’s 3-meter, thanks to a mere 2.2-point edge from Breanne Hatter with a score of 266.25.
  • Led off by Cordes, already with a win on the day, and finished with Colleen YoungMorgan Hansen, and Sarah Herbold, Fairfield won the women’ss 400 medley relay by more than 4 seconds in 3:48.86. All 4 members of that relay are underclassmen.

Women’s Team Scores – After Day 3

  1. Fairfield – 469
  2. Marist – 463
  3. Canisius – 354
  4. Rider – 330
  5. Iona – 326
  6. Niagara – 214
  7. Siena – 138
  8. Monmouth – 134
  9. Manhattan – 132
  10. Saint Peter’s – 60

Men’s Team Scores – After Day 3

  1. Rider – 486
  2. Marist – 402
  3. Bryant – 343.5
  4. Canisius – 289.5
  5. Iona – 239
  6. Saint Peter’s – 190
  7. Monmouth – 125
  8. Fairfieldd – 124
  9. Niagara – 119
  10. Manhattan – 115

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