College Swimming and Diving
Men: Rider University 178 Marist College 123
Women: Marist College 177 Rider University 122
Poughkeepsie, NY.--The Rider University men's swimming and diving team defeated Marist 178-123 Saturday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference meet. The Rider women were defeated by the Red Foxes 177-122.
"Swimming against Marist is always an important meet for us," said head coach Steve Fletcher. "Not only is it a meet that the team gets up for, the alumni pay close attention to how we do against them. Marist is professionally coached and they have an outstanding staff and team and are a good measure of where we need to be at the end of the year. How we do in this meet resonates throughout the program."
For the Rider men, sophomore Brett Pedersen (Sewell/St. Augustine Prep) swam for first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.98) and 100-yard freestyle (47.44). Senior Brian Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS East) won the 1000-yard freestyle (9:57.98) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:41.58) events. Senior Julien Hensen (Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine) added two individual victories winning both the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.88 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:15.23. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Molloy, freshman Adam Phillips (Springville, Pa./Elk Lake), freshman Jeffrey Prichard (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) and Pederson wrapped up the meet finishing first in 3:12.27.
"Brian Molloy was outstanding," Fletcher said. "He swam great today, especially in his 500 free race. He is on track for a tremendous season and today's performance and his effort in the Delaware tri-meet are two examples of that. He is a serious trainer and is showing great potential."
For the Rider women, sophomore Morgan Kandrac (Hamilton/Notre Dame) picked up two first place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.79) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:30.42). Senior Kelly O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:09.79. The 400-yard freestyle team of sophomore Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley), senior Addie Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley), senior Carly Misiewicz (Vineland/Sacred Heart), junior Danielle Warwick (Catonsville Md./Mount de Sales) ended the meet with a first place time of 3:39.70.
"Morgan has been a great addition to the team," said Fletcher. "She is an intelligent student, great athlete and has a positive attitude. She is a smart racer and someone you can rely on. Our whole breaststroke crew of Morgan, Gess (Charniga) and Heather (Good) did very well today. And Carlee (Oswald) with her relay swim and individual efforts also deserves praise."
The men's 200-yard medley relay team of Hensen, senior Johnny Funk (Las Vegas, Nev./Southeast Career & Tech Academy), sophomore Zach DeLillo (Reading, Pa./Wilson) and Molloy opened the meet finishing first in 1:35.85. Funk swam for first place in the 100-yard backstroke clocking 52.43 and freshman Shane Tubb (Swedesboro/St. Augustine Prep) won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:58.86. On the 1-meter diving board, junior Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) took first scoring 328.57.
Also for the Rider men, Funk swam for second in both the 200-yard backstroke (1:54.52) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.32). Freshman Evan Paules (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) earned a second place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke behind Hensen, with a time of 2:15.71 and sophomore Kevin McManus (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.87).
Also for the Rider women, sophomore Gess Charniga (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) placed second in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.13) and the 50-yard freestyle (25.34). C. Oswald finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (55.07) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.58). A. Oswald was runner up in the 200-yard backstroke swimming a 2:11.59 and O'Connor placed second in both the 100-yard butterfly (59.41) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.00).
"The women were excited about the meet," Fletcher added. "Marist is clearly the team to beat on the women's side and we hung with them for the most part, while missing some swimmers due to illness and injury. If a few things fall into place, our women will be a force to be reckoned with at MAACs."
Both the Rider men and women will compete in the Brown Invite November 30 thru December 2 in Providence, Rhode Island.
"We have a lot of fun with the open meets," Fletcher said. "There is outstanding competition but without pressure of a conference meet. The meet simulates the schedule of the conference championships and it is important to get those experiences but in a more relaxed atmosphere. We have pride in how we will do, going against some of the mid-major schools in the Northeast. It is a great opportunity for the program and for our swimmers and divers to show what they can do on a larger stage."