Starting Off Strong
College Swimming and Diving
Men: Rider University 212, Fairfield University 67
Women: Rider University 181, Fairfield University 118
FAIRFIELD, CT— The Rider University Swimming and Diving team passed their first conference test against Fairfield University in a big way, with both the men and women convincingly winning their dual meets against the Stags on Saturday afternoon.
Along with this being the 12th straight dual meet win for the men, they won 15 of the 16 events they participated in on the day, including seven members getting multiple first-place finishes. Freshman Justin Carey (Landenberg, PA/Avon Grove) continued his torrent start with wins in the 200 backstroke (2:14.35) and 800 free (8:39.10), freshman Rich Fortels (Monroe/Monroe Township) claimed the 100 backstroke (59.40) and 100 butterfly (58.41), senior Michael Regan (Flower Mound, TX/Flower Mound) prevailed in the 200 free (1:56.80) and 400 free (4:11.80), and sophomore Joseph Warker (Reading, PA/Wilson) made it two straight weeks of claiming both the 1m (267.90) and 3m dives (260.25).
For the women, seven contributed to multiple Rider wins, including sophomore diver Breanne Hatter (Lincroft/Middletown HS South) on the 1 meter dive (266.55) and 3 meter dive (225.98). Redshirt freshman Natalie Carter (Yucaipa, CA/Yucaipa) took the 100 backstroke (1:08.51), freshman Olivia Iswalt won the 100 free (1:01.95), junior Tara Maniace (Neptune/Neptune) conquered the 100 butterfly (1:08.58), senior Ariana Palmer (Burlington/Burlington Township) raced to a 28.02 in the 50 free, sophomore Taylor Stalnaker (Monroe, NY/Monroe-Woodbury) led in the 200 backstroke (2:28.70), and freshman Casey Wrabley (Forest, VA/Jefferson Forest) snatched the 800 free (9:56.11).
Also for the men, sophomore Griffin Hutton (Hamilton/Hamilton HS West) took the 200 butterfly (2:10.30), senior Zach Mabin (Hamilton/Steinert) was the victor in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.69), sophomore Lucas Musselman (Timonium, MD/Loyola Blakesfield) pulled off the win in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.91), junior Zack Molloy (Toms River/Toms Rivers HS North) claimed the 100 free (55.05), and junior Maciej Paz (Garfield/Paramus Catholic) raced to a 24.87 in the 50 free.
The team success continued with the men and women winning both relays on the day. For the women, Maniace, Palmer, senior Jacquelynn Parker (Hillsborough/Hillsborough), and Stalnaker sewed up the 200 medley relay (2:03.67) while Carter, Iswalt, Parker, and junior Baileigh Vanderhoof (Lords Valley, PA/Wallenpaupack Area) performed and got the win in the 400 free relay.
For the men, Carey, Mabin, senior Matthan-Matthew Martir (Severn, MD/Old Mill), and Zack Molloy produced 11 team points in their 200 medley relay win (1:46.29) while Carey, Zack Molloy, Paz, and junior Ben Smith (Forked River/Lacey Township) added 11 more in Rider’s domination of the 400 free relay.
Rider combined to win 25 of the 32 total events on the day while also placing in the top two for every event.
The men and women improved to 15-0 all-time against Fairfield University since their first meeting in 1992-93. The teams last faced off in Coppola Pool on October 16, 2015 with the Broncs taking the wins on both the men’s and women’s sides.
The Broncs continue their dual meet road trip of six with a trip to Bethlehem, PA to take on the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh University on Saturday, October 22 at 1pm. The men have won their past three meetings against Lehigh with their last loss coming on November 2011. The women are looking to avenge a tough loss to the Mountain Hawks and gain their first win against them in six years.