On Saturday afternoon, Ramapo’s swim team looked to improve to 3-1, and they did just that. The men’s swim team downed Division I opponent New Jersey Institute of Technology 145-117 in a non-conference meet.
Junior Phil Sokoloff, freshman RJ Carillo, junior Anthony Cusmano, and freshman Phillip Mathys started off the day with a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.84.
“It was a great meet and a huge win,” sophomore Pete Kellner said. “We are swimming tired and sore, they came in here rested, and I think it says a lot that we were able to swim the way we did today.”
The Roadrunners took second place in the race as well, as junior Jimmy Campbell, senior Frank Patierno, freshman Evan Graziano and freshman Kevin Fries finished at 2:15.98.
Sokoloff and freshman Anthony Stanton finished first and second respectively in the 100 backstroke with times of 54.32 and 55.55. Sokoloff also won the 200-yard backstroke for the Roadrunners with a time of 2:00.77.
In the 200-yard individual medley, freshman Kevin Guo and Fries finished first and second neck-and-neck, posting times of 2:07.29 and 2:07.46.
The big win improves the men’s swim team to 3-1.
The women’s swim team also came away with a big win of their own on Saturday against the College of New Rochelle.
The lady Roadrunners improved to 2-2 with a 140-87 win. Ramapo took first and second place in the 200-yard medley as freshmen Cara Housel and Allie Van Glahn, junior Jamie Ann Stein and senior Kari Lefebvre finished with a time of 1:35.84. Sophomore Brianne Bishop, senior Jill Tracey, sophomore Tori Barnes and junior Kylie Suydam finished at 2:15.98.
Sophomore Ana Nunez earned a first place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle 12:08.00. The Roadrunners also took the 200-yard freestyle with a first place finish from Lefebvre at 2:05.48 and a second place finish from Suydam at 2:12.71.
The Roadrunners won the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke as Housel finished the 100-yard backstroke at 1:08.43 and junior Maggie Nagle finished the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:14.19.
Both teams will face the University of Scranton this Saturday at home in another non-conference meet. If the men’s team wins again, they make a good case to be ranked top 25 by d3swimming.com; it would be the first time in Ramapo history.
The Roadrunners have had one in-conference meet so far but will not have another until Jan. 25 when the men’s and women’s teams will host Montclair.
Both Roadrunners lost in their only New Jersey Athletic Conference meet so far against The College of New Jersey on Oct. 26. The men’s team lost 156-95, and the women’s team fell 164.5-92.5.
The Roadrunners will be tested by a non-conference opponent once again when they host Scranton on Saturday. The Scranton women’s team is 5-1 overall so far and is coming off a huge 180-72 win over Goucher College.
The Scranton men’s team has a 4-1 overall record and is also coming off a win against Goucher, a 153-104 victory on Nov. 9.