BOCA RATON, FLA. - The men’s and women’s swim teams had a successful training trip to Florida, and picked up a couple of dual-meet wins,as the men beat Florida Atlantic, 155-136, and the women beat Nebraska (143-119) and Illinois State (193-107),and lostto Florida Atlantic (177-116).
For the men, the 200-yard medley relay squad of Larkin MacDonald, Alex Silvester, Brian Gartner and John Gillette took second place, with a time of 1:37.51. Chris Weitekamp, Ricky Walters, Ben Gan and Kyle Loughran took third, with a time of 1:39.44.
In the 1000 yard free, freshman James Fee took a solid first place, with a time of 9:50.11. Freshman Ryan Dierberg came in second, with a time of 9:53.07. Fee also placed first in the 500-yard freestyle, with a time of 4:44.44.
Junior Patrick Gallagher took a close first in the 200-yard free, as he finished less than a second ahead of the next swimmer. His final time was 1:44.84. Gallagher also took first in the 100-yard free, with a time of 47.22.
The men swept two events; in the 200-yard butterfly, junior Alex Keeney took first in 1:57.52, freshman Jack Wiese placed second in 1:58.32 and junior Devon Carr took third at 1:58.49. In the 100-yard butterfly, Gan took first (52.12), while Gartner took second (53.08), and Carr took third (53.77).
And in the final event of the day, the men took first in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as Gillette, Carr, Gallagher and Loughran finished in 1:26.69.
For the women, freshman Sara Coenen took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.01. Freshman Lauren Brandes took first in the 50 free by five-hundredths of a second, with a final time of 24.77, while freshman Stephanie Nerby had another close win, as she took first in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.59, just two-tenths of a second ahead of the second-place swimmer.
Freshman Ainsley Cookingham enjoyed a more dominant win, as she had a four-second lead over the nearest swimmers, placing first in the 200-yard backstroke, with a time of 2:04.75.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Andrea Balint, Stephanie Colson, Brandes and Coenen took first, with a time of 1:38.43, while the 200-yard Medley relay team of Coenen, Balint, Brandes and Megan Carlin placed second, with a time of 1:49.93.
Up next, the men’s and women’s team will host Brown in Sheerr Pool on Saturday, Jan. 13 at noon.