College Swimming & Diving
Men: Rider University 170, Lehigh University 126
Women: Lehigh University 193, Rider University 103
Hiller - Coppola Pool Three-Meter Diving Record
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed against Lehigh on Saturday afternoon at Coppola Pool with the Bronc men winning and the Lehigh women victorious.
“The men’s team responded well,” said head coach Steve Fletcher. “We’ve had three meets to open the season over the span of 14 days and we raced pretty well. It is a young team and they are swimming with a lot of pride on both sides, the men and the women.”
This was the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Rider men have defeated the Mountain Hawks.
“Lehigh is well coached and they have great athletes,” Fletcher said. “Especially on the men’s side, the meets tend to go either way. We are certainly happy with how we performed today.”
For the Bronc men, senior diver Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) won both the one-meter dive (328.35) and three-meter dive (355.05), breaking the three-meter Coppola Pool record (348.08), set by Brendan Cavallaro in 2010. Hiller also reached the NCAA Zone Diving qualification mark for the third year in a row.
“I dove a lot better today than I have been to start the season,” Hiller said. “I was consistent today and that’s the key to putting points on the board.”
“Trevor is a quiet guy but this year he has spoken up a little more and has assumed more of a leadership role,” Fletcher said. “He has great things to say and really understands how our team works. Athletically, we expected him to qualify for zones because he is that talented. It is great that he accomplished that mark, this early in the season. He is just a gifted athlete.”
Freshman Sam Cramer (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) won the 200 free (1:43.86), the 500 free (4:47.35), and the 1000 free (9:45.38). This is the second meet in a row that Cramer has won three individual events.
“It was a big team effort,” Cramer said. “On paper, Lehigh is probably supposed to beat us and everyone pulled together for a big win. The senior leadership on the team has been great.”
“Sam is racing well,” Fletcher said. “He is improving each week. When you look at his results, you are excited for the future. He is extremely talented but is a team player. To sacrifice and swim the 1000 free and 200 free back to back is very stressful. And to swim that well is extremely difficult. He does that for the team and has the right attitude.”
“The incoming freshmen are doing awesome,” Hiller added. “They are racing well and putting good times up.”
For the Rider women, freshman Kelly Toner (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) won the three-meter dive (253.95) and was runner-up on the one-meter (263.40) and freshman Heather Lonkert (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) was the winner on the one-meter dive (289.42) and second on the three-meter (247.72). Lonkert's one-meter dive score is an NCAA Zone qualifier.
“This is a tough season on the women’s side,” Fletcher said. “We have a small squad but they are all committed to having the right result at the end of the year. It is what we do every day that matters and I’m proud the way the team handles themselves in the pool and in the gym as well. Whether we are in the pool, at practice or any type of training, the women are focused and attentive and they want to be performing at their best by the end of the year.”
Lonkert won both boards against Seton Hall last week and was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Female Diver of the Week for the second time this season.
Also for the Rider men, sophomore Jeffrey Prichard (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) won the 100 back (54.23) and 200 back (1:58.34) and freshman Matthan-Matthew Martir (Severn, Md./Old Mill) won the 100 free (47.45) and the 100 fly (51.54). Sophomore Adam Phillips (Springville, Pa./Elk Lake) won the 100 breast (1:00.86) and sophomore Evan Paules (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) won the 200 breast (2:13.00).
Also for the Rider women, junior Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) was second in the 100 back (1:01.99) and 200 back (2:14.35), junior Gess Charniga (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) was second in the 100 breast (1:09.37), freshman Jacquelynn Parker (Hillsborough) was second in the 50 free (24.72) and junior Heather Good (Hillsborough) was runner-up in the 200 breast (2:30.55).
Lehigh and Rider last met during the 2011-12 season when the Mountain Hawks won both the men’s and woman’s dual meet. The meet scheduled for last season was cancelled due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Lehigh visited Coppola Pool in 2010 when the Rider women won the dual 154-139.
Rider travels to Philadelphia on November 9 to face La Salle University and the University of Delaware in a tri-meet, beginning at 10:00 a.m.