Men’s Swimming Move to 3-0, Women Lose to New Paltz

Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

The men’s and women’s swim teams traveled to SUNY New Paltz, with the hope of extending each of their undefeated records. While the men’s team indeed came out of their meet with their third consecutive victory, the women’s team floundered – thereby continuing to remain winless against the Hawks, a team which they have never beaten in the program’s history.

The men won their meet 152.5-109.5, while the lady Roadrunners were defeated by a score of 150-107.

The men’s squad is now 3-0, and senior Charlie May expected nothing less:

“3-0 is definitely where we were hoping to start the season and I am glad that it worked out the way we planned,” he said. 

May placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.16, and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, losing each race by only 0.55 and 0.94 seconds, respectively.

May was also a part of the 200-yard medley relay that finished in third place at 1:32.80, along with Drew Ramos, Evan Graziano and Peter Kellner.

“My main focus for the season is doing my part as one of the leaders and helping this program achieve things it never has before. That is always the goal year in and year out,” said May. “Of course, I have some personal goals in the back of my mind, but it’s best to stay focused on helping the team accomplish the things I know it can.”

The men had four 1-2 finishes and one 1-2-3 finish.

Aspen-Jade Tucker (1:50.11) and Peter Kellner (1:53.79) earned the top two spots in the 200-yard freestyle.

Jose Alferez and Matt Stenger came in first and second in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing the race in 55.71 and 58.51, respectively.

Jesse Smith won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.28, while Gene Pozniakov came in second at 57.71.

Smith also took home the 200-yard instant medley at 2:05.61, while Alferez’s 2:06.34 was good for second place.

The 1-2-3 came in the 200-yard butterfly, with Smith (2:03.27), Daniel Drzodewicz (2:11.55) and Kyle Jackson (2:14.67) earning the top three spots.

“Getting the top spots in a race is always key and certainly helps lifts us to a victory,” said May. “I also believe it’s good for team morale, knowing that we can go out there and take any event is a good feeling.”

As for the women’s team, Maggie Herbert took home the 50-yard freestyle at 25.03 as well as the 100-yard freestyle in 55.06.

Brenda Athur came out victorious in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing the race at 1:01.15.

The bright spot for the lady Roadrunners were two 1-2-3 finishes late in the meet. One of them was the 200-yard instant medley, where Arthur (2:20.37), Samantha Chan 2:28.33) and Emily Hegarty (2:38.91) taking home the top three spots.

The other sweep was the 200-yard freestyle relay: the top spot was taken by Meghan Trewhella, Caitlyn Bach, Maria Luisi and Sarah Stacey. The group won the race at 1:44.83.

Both teams will go up against powerhouse TCNJ on Saturday.

“TCNJ is always a big meet,” said May. “They have an outstanding program that we certainly hope to be able to match up with one day, and I truly believe we are headed in that direction.”