College Swimming and Diving
Men: Rider University 194, Marist College 106
Women: Marist College 159, Rider University 142
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Meet
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference dual meet against Marist College on Saturday at Coppola Pool with the Bronc men winning and the Red Fox women pulling out a close victory.
For the Rider men, freshman Sam Cramer (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) won the 200 free (1:44.23), 500 free (4:42.64) and the 1000 free (9:45.12) with senior Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) winning both the one-meter (319.35) and three-meter (304.42) diving events.
“The entire men’s team responded well,” said head coach Steve Fletcher. “Sam is racing well on a consistent basis and his training has improved as he has made technical adjustments. It is a hard thing for any athlete coming from high school to college to take a step back when you’ve been successful. He has done that and because of that, he is still tapping his potential.”
“Trevor did an amazing job,” said diving coach Eric Blevins. “This should set him up well (as well as Wayco Baily) for the conference meet in February.”
For the Bronc women, junior Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) won the 100 back (59.47) and the 200 IM (2:13.16), sophomore Kaitlyn O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) won both the 100 fly (1:00.04) and 200 fly (2:10.06) and freshman Heather Lonkert (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) won both the one-meter (266.75) and three-meter (252.37) diving events.
“The highlight of the day was really our women’s team performance,” said Fletcher. “This is really the first time (due to illness and injury) that we’ve had the entire team in the pool and they showed what they could do. They all competed well and were representative of what the team is capable of. They gained confidence today and showed their true potential.”
“Heather swept both boards against a very talented Marist squad,” Blevins said. “Her board work is coming along nicely and she is also working on some new dives as well.”
Also for the Bronc men, sophomore Adam Phillips (Springville, Pa./Elk Lake) won the 100 breast (58.31), sophomore Jeffrey Prichard (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) won the 200 fly (1:54.56), junior Shane Tubb (Swedesboro/St. Augustine Prep) was a winner in the 100 fly (52.18) and freshman Zach Mabin (Hamilton/Steinert) placed first in the 200 breast (2:10.63).
Also for the Rider women, sophomore Taylor Shelley (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy) won the 100 breast (1:08.29).
The men’s 400 free relay of Prichard, Phillips, Crammer and freshman Matthan-Matthew Martir (Severn, Md./Old Mill) won with a time of 3:11.14.
Rider and Marist last met in Poughkeepsie, New York on November 17, 2012 when the Rider men won (178-123) and the Red Fox women won (177-122).
The Rider men have defeated Marist in seven straight dual meets. Marist has now won four duals in a row over the Bronc women after Rider won three straight over the Red Foxes from 2007-08 through 2009-10.
The Rider men have won 11 of 23 duals over Marist and the Bronc women have won nine of 23 over the Red Foxes.
Rider travels to Princeton to compete in the Big Al Open December 6-8.
“The upperclassmen on the team have been to the Big Al before and can tell the freshmen what it is all about,” Fletcher said. “It is a three-day event so it simulates the mental and physical challenges of the conference meet and the event also features some of the toughest competition in the region. The meet will be a great challenge and learning experience for the entire team. We are all excited.”