Wagner Goes 3-0 at Quad Invitational, Iona Men Top St. Francis Brooklyn

Quad Invitational

  • New Rochelle, N.Y.
  • Men: Iona def. St. Francis Brooklyn 165-58
  • Women: Iona def. Sacred Heart 166-71; Iona def. St. Francis Brooklyn 130-101; Wagner def. Iona 141-90; St. Francis Brooklyn def. Sacred Heart 127-116; Wagner def. Sacred Heart 164-79; Wagner def. St. Francis Brooklyn 154-87
  • Results

Courtesy: Iona Athletics

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – With the entire Iona Campus buzzing with homecoming events, the Iona College men’s and women’s swimming and diving team didn’t disappoint, grabbing three wins today the Hynes Athletics Center Pool.

The fifth annual Quad Invitational featured 11 new meet records as Iona squared off with St. Francis College, Sacred Heart University and Wagner in a unique 13-event, dual meet format.

The Iona men swamped the St. Francis men by a score of 165-58, setting eight meet records in the 13 events. The Iona women topped Sacred Heart, 166-71 and St. Francis 130-101; Wagner topped Iona 141-90.

Iona got out of the gate fast with a new meet mark in the 400-medley relay as Spencer Moran (52.27); Shane Syron (1:01.70); Jalen Ramjohn (50.57) and Conor Mullin (47.72) combined for a 3:32.26 clocking, which was .53 under the team’s record set in 2018.

Co-captain and senior Matthew Anderson lowered the 2015 mark of 9:58.28 held by Saint Francis’ Marcus Dasalvia with a 30-second victory over the field at 9:50.95. The 50-free saw Aidan Holbrook break his brother’s, Zack Holbrook, 2016-mark of 22.09, with a 21.97 clocking. The sophomore would later return to wipe out Christian Foti‘s 2015 mark of 48.21, with a 47.66 effort.

Senior co-captain James Whaley, the school record holder in the 200-butterfly, posted a strong, early-season time and meet record of 1:56.49. That mark was .2 under the 2018 mark of teammate Conor Mullin, who finished second in today’s race.

The 200-backstroke saw Moran go 1:54.38, nearly three seconds better than classmate Gabriel Finch‘s record of 1:57.07.

Sophomore Daniel Hadary and Anderson battled stroke-for-stroke over the last eight lengths of the 20-length 500-freestyle, with Hadary winning by 1.8 seconds at 4:45.97, which was 3 seconds under Christian Foti’s 2016 standard. The final men’s mark came in the 200-breaststroke with sophomore Jackson Madonia, lowering his own time from 2018 by two seconds to 2:11.00.

The women’s meet records came from the Terrier’s Mariajose Lopez (1000-freestyle at 10:30.50); Anna Montes Deco Zaoian (200-freestyle at 1:55.01 and 200-Butterfly at 2:08.85) and Wagner’s Ellie Eastwood (2:23.96).

Junior Kate Flynn was the Gaels only individual winner on the women’s side, taking the 50 and 100-Free with respective times of 24.76 and 52.94.

A unique multi-class quartet of Iona women took the day’s final event, the 400-Freestyle relay, with freshmen Isabella Nicholson (54.11), sophomore Katherine Lee (54.43), senior Simone Sturrup (55.49) and junior Willow Lopez-Silvers (54.27) anchoring the team to a 3:38.30 win, 1.5 seconds ahead of Wagner.

The Gaels travel to Bryant next Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. meet in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Courtesy: St. Francis Brooklyn Athletics

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The St. Francis College Brooklyn men’s & women’s swimming and diving team concluded the Iona Quad Invitational on Saturday. The men were edged in head-to-head action against Iona. The women fell to Iona and Wagner, but came away with a victory against conference foe, Sacred Heart, in New Rochelle.

The men’s swimming and diving team put up a fierce battle but fell to the Gaels by a final score of 165-58. The woman also gave it their all but were taken down by the Gaels by a score of 130-101. Wagner would top the Terriers in the ensuing event with a final score of 154-87. The Terriers earned their first victory of the afternoon against conference foe, Sacred Heart, with a score of 127-116.

Freshman diver Matthew Bernstein also took first place in both the one meter and three meter diving events for the first time in his career.

Junior Beatriz Gomez Angelo and senior Fanny Stromstedt took second place in the 500-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard breast-stroke, respectively.


  • Freshman Benedek Lendvai took fourth-place in the 200-yard freestyle with a season best time of 1:47.46. Lendvai also competed in the 500-yard aforementioned event with a personal best time of 4:51.79.
  • Junior Ana Paula Montes De Oca earned a first-place finish in both events competed in. She finished her 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.01. De Oca would conclude her 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.85.
  • Freshman Matthew Bernstein posted a pair of first place victories. In the 3m, his final time was 179.40. For the one meter , he would finish with a time of 185.80.
  • Freshman Mariajose Lopez posted first place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle and 1000-yard freestyle. The former finish was 5:10.89, while the 1000-yard freestyle notched the Mexican native a 10:30.50 finish.
  • Dorde Spasic placed third in the 50-yard freestyle. He posted a time of 22.22. The sophomore Serbian also competed in the 100-yard freestyle and posted a time of 48.10, which landed him a spot in second place overall.
  • Sophomore diver Kayla McKenzie recorded a first place finish for the one-meter dive. The Saskatchewan native would post a final score of 198.15.

The Terriers are back in action on Saturday, November 2, as they host Mount St. Mary’s (MD) for a 1 p.m. opening dive from the college’s Aquatic Center.

Courtesy: Wagner Athletics

New Rochelle, NY – The Wagner College swimming and diving team swept its competition at the Iona Quad for the third straight season, earning victories over the Gaels, St. Francis Brooklyn, and Sacred Heart to move to 4-0 on the season.

The Seahawks swam past Iona 141.00 – 90.00, earned a 164.00 – 79.00 victory over the Pioneers, and a 154.00 – 87.00 win over the Terriers.

Reigning Northeast Conference (NEC) Rookie of the Year Ellie Eastwood shined on the afternoon, picking up three victories, while setting a new meet record in the 200 Breast (2:23.96).

The sophomore also earned a victory in the 200 IM in 2:11.74, while combining with juniors Hande Kivanc and Megan Chiu as well as graduate student Dorian McMenemy for a win in the 400 Medley Relay (3:58.29)

Kivanc earned a first-place finish in the 200 Back in 2:08.20, while McMenemy touched second in the 50 Free in 24.79.

Freshman Frederikke Mertins continued her strong start to the season with two second-place results, finishing just behind Eastwood in both the 200 IM (2:12.25) and 200 Breast (2:24.25) while also staying under the previous meet record in the event.

Fellow first year Seahawk Raquel Reyes finished second in the 1000 Free (10:42.85) and 200 Fly (2:10.47). The 400 Free Relay, consisting of sophomore Judith Desforges, freshman Hannah Muro, sophomore Mary Tsianaka, and McMenemy finished second in 3:39.52 to round out the afternoon.

Next up, the Seahawks will travel to Central Connecticut and compete in the CCSU Invite against the Blue Devils as well as Bryant on November 1-2.

Courtesy: Sacred Heart Athletics

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.- The Sacred Heart University Swimming and Diving team concluded its quad meet at Iona this afternoon. The Pioneers fell to Wagner 164-79, edged by Saint Francis (N.Y.) 127-116 and lost to Iona 166-71. SHU returns to action on Saturday Oct. 26 when SHU competes at Stony Brook as well as face LIU. The meet begins at 12:00 p.m.

Final Scores

Wagner 164 – SHU 79

SFC 127 – SHU 116

Iona 166 – SHU 71

Highlights of the Day

  • Sophomores Molly Martin and Meghan McLaughlin dominated the diving events this afternoon placing first and second in the 3 meter dive as Martin placed first with a score of 218.50 while McLaughlin placed second with a score 192.85.
  • Martin also placed second in the one meter dive with a score of 192.85.
  • In the swimming events, junior Fiona Maxwell and freshman Casey Barrett each took first and second in the 200 IM against Saint Francis (N.Y.)
  • The Pioneers also swept the Terriers in the 200 backstroke as sophomores Nicole Tingley, Taylor Eck, freshman Ashley Ayala, and freshman Julia Brzezinski each touched the wall ahead of Saint Francis (N.Y.).
  • In the 50 freestyle, senior Lauren Somers took fourth with a time of 24.95 and also placed second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.39.
  • In the strokes, Tingley placed fifth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:14.75.

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