MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONS

Rider Men Sink Pirates

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Release: October 18, 2012
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College Swimming & Diving

Men: Rider University 172, Seton Hall University 125

Women: Seton Hall University 169, Rider University 129

LAWRENCEVILLE-Seniors Johnny Funk and Brian Molloy defeated the Pirates like a couple of swashbucklers. Funk and Molloy cut through the Coppola Pool water with the precision of  fine swordsmen, helping Rider defeat the Pirates of Seton Hall Thursday.

The Broncs split the dual meet with Seton Hall, with the Rider men winning and the Rider women losing.

"We were happy with the team's performance tonight," said Rider head coach Steve Fletcher

For the Rider men (1-1) Funk (Las Vegas, Nev./Southeast Academy), won the 100 back (51.44), the 200 back (1:56.58) and the 200 IM (1:56.04) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay (1:32.60). "Obviously we felt pretty good in the water today," said Funk, a two-time MAAC Champion and record holder in the 200 IM who is also the MAAC Champion in the 200 back.  "Getting the victory at home is always nice."

Molloy (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) won the 50 free (21.51), 200 free (1:43.13) and the 500 free (4:47.55) and swam the first leg of the 400 free relay in 46.58, tying the oldest pool record (1987) on the board. "We're pretty excited about the record," Molloy said.

"Johnny is super-competitive and loves to race," Fletcher said.  "Brian had several great swims tonight. This is his year."

Junior Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp., NJ/Absegami) won both the 3-meter dive (320.77() and the one-meter dive (315.60).  Hiller won the 1-meter dive at the ECAC Championships last year, advancing to the NCAA Zone Championships.

For the Rider women (0-2) senior Addie Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) won the 100 free (54.49) and the 200 free (1:56.64). Senior Kelly O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) won the 200 back (2:07.08) and the 100 butterfly (59.04) and sophomore Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) won the 100 back (1:00.13).

Also for the Rider men sophomore Brett Pedersen (Sewell, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) won the 100 free (47.90), senior Julien Hensen (Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine) won the 100 breast (59.23) and sophomore Zach DeLillo (Reading, PA/Wilson) won the 100 butterfly (52.71).  Hensen was the ECAC Champion in the 100 breast last year

Swimming on the pool-record setting 400 free along with Molloy was Pederson, Hensen and freshman Jeffrey Prichard (Yorktown, VA/Tabb). "This pool is difficult to sprint in and that was the oldest record on the board," Fletcher said, 'so that was a really impressive accomplishment."

The Seton Hall men and women won the last two meets with Rider. The Broncs won both the men's and women's meets during the 2009-10 season. "It's a great rivalry," Fletcher said.  "Our teams are similar and competitive."

"We haven't beaten them since our freshman year," Funk said, "so it's nice to end our careers with a win over them."

"We're not always the best dual meet team but we seem to get it done in the championships," Molloy added.

The Rider men are picked to finish first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season and the Rider women are picked to finish second, exactly where Rider finished last year. "The team feels good about where we were picked," Fletcher said, "but we don't pay too much attention to it. We're too focused on what we do every day."

"I think it's good that we're picked first," Molloy said. "Now we have to live up to it at the end of the year."

Rider takes to the Coppola Pool again November 3, hosting Lehigh. 'Lehigh is extremely competitive," Fletcher said, "so we always have our hands full with them."

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