Record Incineration in Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, RI - On Day Two of the Bruno Invitational hosted by Brown University, two Broncs already off to solid starts on the season added their names to the Rider record books. Freshman Justin Carey (Landenberg, PA/Avon Grove) won the preliminary 100 back with a time of 48.86, beating a record that had stood for eight years by Josh Rosenbluth. Carey later shattered his own, albeit brief, record in the final for the event with a winning time of 48.67, almost a second sooner than the second-place finisher. "Justin's performances so ar are not only impressive because he's swimming at his career best midseason, but also because he's been competing this weekend through illness," added head coach Steve Fletcher.
Junior Zack Molloy (Toms River, NJ/Toms River HS North) won the prelim for the 200 free with a time of 1:38.24 and then proceeded to shave more than two seconds off of that time to win the final with a Rider record 1:36.07, breaking his own that had stood since last season. "Zack has been training for that swim since last spring after the MAAC Championships. He was in complete control from the first 50 and he finished at his lifetime best. He's still not fully rested, but this swim along with his first semester dual meet swims prove that he's on track for another great year."
The men's team is currently in fourth place, trailing host Brown University, Princeton University, and Columbia University of the Ivy League while leading Dartmouth College. Carey continued his strong day with a third place finish in the 100 butterfly (48.78), sophomore Lucas Musselman (Timonium, MD/Loyola Blakefield) took fourth in the 400 individual medley (3:59.32) after a third place preliminary result and 11th in the 100 back (50.80), senior William Molloy (Toms River, NJ/Toms River HS North) took seventh in the 200 free finals (1:41.14), and senior Matthan-Matthew Martir (Severn, MD/Old Mill) claimed eighth in the 100 butterfly (49.79).
The women's side is currently in fifth place out of sixth teams after two days, leading Columbia University and trailing Brown, Princeton, Rutgers, and Dartmouth. Junior Hannah Bayer (Forest Hill, MD/Bel Air) staked a 10th place finish in the prelim and final (4:38.99) for the 400 IM while freshman Casey Wrabley (Forest, VA/Jefferson Forest) took 11th in the final (4:40.05). Sophomore Taylor Stalnaker (Monroe, NY/Monroe-Woodbury) claimed 11th in the 100 back finals (57.63) while junior Julianna Runk (Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall) took 12th in the finals of the 100 breaststroke after an 11th place prelim result (1:05.75). "The whole team is really responding to the level of competition at the meet," added Fletcher.
The relay teams had another strong day as the men's 200 medley team of Carey, Zack Molloy, Martir, and senior Zach Mabin (Hamilton, NJ/Steinert) finished fourth (1:31.29) and the women's group of Stalnaker, Runk, senior Ariana Palmer (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Township), and senior Jacquelynn Parker (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) closed with a seventh place result. In the 800 free relay, the men's side of the Molloy brothers, senior Sam Cramer (Escondido, CA/San Pasqual), and sophomore Vincent Gibbons (North Brunswick, NJ/North Brunswick) claimed fifth (6:48.50) while the women's combination of Bayer, Parker, Stalnaker, and Wrabley staked a ninth place result.
The Rider University swimming & diving teams conclude the weekend with Day 3 of the Bruno Invitational tomorrow morning at 10:00 with the prelims for the women's 200 backstroke. "We've performed better with each session. We should have a great close to the meet tomorrow."
Women's Team Scores After Day 2:
1. Brown University 769.5
2. Princeton University 605.5
3. Rutgers University 557.5
4. Dartmouth College 310.5
5. Rider University 123
6. Columbia University 13
Men's Team Scores After Day 2:
1. Brown 772.5
2. Princeton 617
3. Columbia 495
4. Rider 353
5. Dartmouth 335.5