College Swimming and Diving
Rider Hosts Georgetown on Friday
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to Coppola Pool on Friday when the Broncs host Georgetown University in a non-conference meet, beginning at 3 p.m.
Swimming at Princeton’s ‘Big Al’ Open, one of the top competitions in the region December 6-8, Cramer was third in the 500 free (4:29.82), third in the 200 free (1:40.05) after moving up from seventh in the preliminaries and fourth in the 1650 free finishing in a Rider record time of 15:42.87.
Cramer, from Escondido, California (San Pasqual High School) led off the 800 free relay that swam 6:52.56 (with his time 1:41.58 for the first 200 leg) and he swam the second leg of the 400 free relay (3:05.98), swimming 46.45 during his portion of the race.
Diving against a field of NCAA participants, Hiller, a three-time NCAA Zone qualifier from Galloway Township (Absegami High School), more than held his own at Princeton’s ‘Big Al’, finishing third in the finals of the one-meter competition (301.45) and eighth in the finals of the three-meter (255.30).
Both Cramer and Hiller were recognized with Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors on December 11, the third conference honor this season for Hiller and second for Cramer.
The women’s team is led by senior Melanie Leonhard (Piscataway).
At Princeton’s ‘Big Al’ Open, Leonhard was 14th in the 500 free (5:01.95), 16th in the 1650 free (17:15.40) and 28th in the 200 free (1:55.18).
Leonhard currently holds the top conference times in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free events.
Freshman diver Heather Lonkert (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area HS) has also been making waves for the women’s team, having earned MAAC Diver of the Week honors two times as she has already qualified for the NCAA Zone meet.
In her collegiate debut, Lonkert won the three-meter dive (237.97) and also won the one-meter event with a score of 255.82 as Rider opened the 2013-14 season against Maryland Baltimore County on October 12.
Rider and Georgetown last met on November 18, 2000 in Washington, D.C., with the Bronc men winning 136-107 and the Hoya women scoring a 141-102 victory.
The Rider men are 6-1 all-time against Georgetown with the Bronc women 2-4 all-time against the Hoyas.