at Princeton's 'Big Al' - Day One
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Release:  12/06/2013

Sam Cramer 3rd in the 500 free
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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College Swimming and Diving
at Princeton’s Big Al Invitational
Men 5th / Women 6th - Day One

PRINCETON—The Rider University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are competing at the Big Al Open hosted by Princeton University, December 6-8.

The three day meet is taking place at the DeNunzio pool.

After day one, the Rider men are in fifth place and the Bronc women are sixth.

For the Rider men on Friday, freshman Sam Cramer (Escondido, Calif./San Pasquale) finished third in the finals of the 500 free (4:29.82) after placing second in the preliminaries (4:30.37), senior diver Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) was third in the one-meter dive (301.45) and freshman William Molloy (Toms River/Toms River North) was 13th in the 500 free with a time of (4:35.20) after a 10th place showing in the preliminaries (4:34.81).

“The 500 freestyle was a pretty great race across the board,” head coach Steve Fletcher said, “We had quite a few lifetime bests in that race, and Sam (Cramer) made it to the top eight final so he represented us well. He dropped four seconds today and fell just short of the Rider record.”

For the Bronc women, senior Melanie Leonhard (Piscataway) finished 14th in the finals of the 500 free (5:01.95) after posting a time of 5:01.22 in the preliminaries for a 15th place finish Friday afternoon.

Also for the Rider men, freshman Matthan-Matthew Martir (Svern, Md./Old Mill) placed 18th in the 50 free finals (21.16) after also finishing 18th in the preliminaries (21.33), freshman Zachary Mabin (Hamilton/Steinert) was 18th in the finals of the 500 free (4:35.79) after finishing 19th in the preliminaries (4:39.09) and sophomore Jeffrey Prichard (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) placed was 22nd in the finals of the 50 free (21.61) after a 21st finish in the preliminaries (21.43) Friday afternoon.

Also for the Bronc women, freshmen Jacquelynn Parker (Hillsborough) placed 20th in the 50 free finals (24.25) after also finishing 20th in the preliminaries (24.14) and junior Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) was 24th in the 500 free finals (5:13.17) after placing 23rd in the preliminaries (5:04.61).

The women’s 200 free relay of Parker, freshman Ariana Palmer (Burlington/Burlington Twp.), freshman Courtney Reed (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) and junior Gess Charniga (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) was eighth with a time of 1:37.19.

The men’s 400 medley relay of Prichard, sophomore Adam Phillips (Springville, Pa./Elk Lake), junior Shane Tubb (Swedesboro/St. Augustine Prep) and Martir was ninth with a time of 3:25.81.

The women’s 400 medley relay of Oswald, sophomore Taylor Shelley (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy), sophomore Kaitlyn O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) and Parker was 10th with a time of 3:57.57.

“The 200 free and 400 medley relay are races we do not usually swim during the season so our performance today will likely be our seed times in the conference championships,” Fletcher added.

On the women’s side, Rider is swimming against Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, Villanova and the host Tigers and on the men’s side, Rider is competing against Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Villanova and Princeton.

Rider last swam the Big Al Open during the 2011-12 season with the men placing fourth and the women sixth.  Both teams placed fifth in the meet in 2010-11.

Competition continues through Sunday.

“We’re happy with the way we’re performing and are looking forward to Saturday,” Fletcher said.


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