MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONS

Broncs Sweep Hoyas

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: December 20, 2013
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Matthan-Matthew Martir
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College Swimming & Diving (updated)

Men: Rider University 151, Georgetown University 86

Women: Rider University 138, Georgetown University 105

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—The Rider men and women both defeated Georgetown Friday afternoon. “I was pleased with how the teams performed,” said Rider head coach Steve Fletcher. “They responded very well to the heavy training we’ve been doing.”

For the Rider men (4-3) freshman Matthan-Matthew Martir (Svern, Md./Old Mill) won the 50 free (21.41), the 100 free (47.57) and swam on the winning 400 free relay. “This is a tough pool to sprint in but he did a great job,” Fletcher said. “He’s getting better every meet.”

“I love swimming in this pool,” Martir said.  “I think it gives us an advantage because teams come in here and they aren’t used to it.”

For the Rider women (1-6) junior Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) won the 100 back (1:00.58), the 200 IM (2:13.30) and swam on the winning 200 medley relay (1:50.98). “Carlee led off the relay with a win and had two individual wins,” Fletcher said. “The 200 IM is not really her event but has become valuable in that event.”

“I just recently started doing the individual medley,” Oswald said.  “I’m mainly a freestyler and backstroker. The 100 back is still my favorite event.”

Also for the Rider men freshman Sam Cramer (Escondido, Calif./San Pasquale) won the 1,000 free (9:54.88) and the 500 free (4:49.14) and placed second in the 200 free (1:44.73). “Sam swam well,” Fletcher said.  “He swam smart.”

Freshman William Molloy (Toms River/Toms River North) won the 200 free (1:44.58), senior Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) won the 1 meter dive (316.80) and three meter dive (332.85) and freshman Daniel Andronov (Princeton)  won the 100 breast (59.98).

 

Sophomore Wayco Bailey (Casper, Wyo./Natrona County HS) was second in both the 3 meter dive (282.90) and 1 meter dive (292.05)

 

Swimming on the winning 400 free relay with Martir were Molloy, senior Sean Newhouse (Katy, Texas/Morton Ranch) and freshman Michael Regan (Flower Mound, Texas).

Also for the Rider women, freshman Heather Lonkert (Moon Twp, Pa./Moon Area) won both the 1 meter dive (286.05) and the 3 meter dive (294.22). Lonkert has already earned MAAC Diver of the Week twice and has already qualified for the NCAA Zones.

Senior Melanie Leonhard (Piscataway) won the 1,000 free (10:38.92), junior Gess Charniga (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) won the 50 free (24.83) and sophomore Taylor Shelley (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy) won the 100 breast (1:09.52).

Swimming on the winning 200 medley relay with Oswald were Shelley, freshman Ariana Palmer (Burlington/Burlington Township) and freshman Jacquelynn Parker (Hillsborough).

Swimming on the winning 400 free relay for Rider were Charniga, freshman Courtney Reed (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty), sophomore Kaitlyn O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) and Parker.

The Rider men are now 7-1 all-time against Georgetown with the Bronc women now 3-4 all-time against the Hoyas.

Rider will train in Florida over the winter break before returning to the Coppola Pool January 18 to host MAAC rival Saint Peter’s. “Saint Peter’s has gotten a lot better,” Fletcher said. “It’s a conference meet that we enjoy.”

“We’re excited about going to Florida,” Oswald said. “We’ll train hard down there. I can’t remember the last time I swam in an outdoor pool.”

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