Swimming and diving speeds past Hoyas in season opener
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:10
The University of Delaware men’s and women’s swimming and diving team started off their 2013-14 season on a positive note as both squads defeated Georgetown Sunday.
Sophomores Alyssa Sanders, Morgan Whyte and Kristina Congdon each took first in their respective events as they helped the Lady Hens to a 160-70 victory. Sanders’ time of 58.99 in the 100 backstroke earned her the top spot, while Whyte took the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.00 seconds. Meanwhile, Congdon qualified for the NCAA Zones Diving Championships after winning both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter dive events.
Congdon said she was thrilled about qualifying, seeing it as a chance to grow as an athlete.
“Well, the Zone Diving Championship is kind of like the meet before the whole big NCAA meet and you have to qualify for it, so I’m very excited,” Congdon said. “It’s an honor just being able to qualify for the meet, and I probably won’t qualify for the big NCAA meet, but it’s just a really good learning experience for me and I’m really honored.”
Delaware sophomore Dominique Montoya claimed the 200 freestyle while juniors Brittany Lazear and Laura Askin finished second and third to sweep the event. Lazear also took the top spot in the 500 free.
Junior Hailey Farrell and junior Maggie Tracey both turned in outstanding first place performances in the 1000 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, respectively, while senior Shea Solt won the 400 Individual Medley.
In addition to the strong individual performances, the women’s 200 medley relay team, consisting of Sanders, Whyte, freshman Annie Nunes and senior Tori Gillespie, held off a strong Georgetown team to earn first in the event.
On the men’s side, several standout performances led Delaware to a 146-93 victory over the Hoyas. Freshman Cory Camp placed first in both the 1000 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Freshman Everett Albert added two individual victories of his own in the 200 free and the 100 free while taking first as part of the 400 freestyle relay alongside sophomore Sihan Liu, freshman Tomás Elder and senior captain Matthew Marquez.
Senior captain Cole Clark said he was proud of the team’s effort.
“I thought we had a really good performance for our first meet of the season,” Clark said. “There’s room for improvement, but I think our freshmen class really stepped up and our upperclassmen did a really good job of carrying over the momentum from last season.”
Sophomore Alex Tooley claimed the 400 IM, while junior Tim Ware won the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.25 seconds. On the diving side, sophomore Luke Winkler placed first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 298.87.