Rider Sends Eight to CSCAA Meet
Phillips Rider 100 Breast Record
ROCKWALL, Texas—The Rider University men’s swimming team wrapped up the 2013-14 season, March 23-25, by sending eight swimmers to the CSCAA Collegiate Classic Division I National Invitational.
In its first season, the three day meet was hosted by Grand Canyon University.
Rider freshman Sam Cramer (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) was third in the 1650 free (15:55.97), seventh in the 500 free (4:32.07) and 11th in the 200 free (1:41.33).
Sophomore Adam Phillips (Springville, Pa./Elk Lake) was sixth in the 100 breast with a Rider record time of 55.64 and ninth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:04.57 after recording a life-time best in the time trials of the 200 (2:03.90).
Junior Shane Tubb (Swedesboro/St. Augustine Prep) was fifth in the 200 fly (1:51.67) and 10th in the 100 fly (50.13).
Freshman Ian Flynn (Dresher, Pa./Upper Dublin) was ninth in the 200 IM (1:53.11), 14th in the 100 fly (52.13) and 19th in the 100 free (47.29).
Swimming in his home state, freshman Michael Regan (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) was 11th in the 500 free (4:37.85) and 12th in the 200 free (1:41.70).
Freshman William Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS North) was 12th in the 500 free (4:38.84), 14th in the 200 free (1:42.17) and tied for 20th in the 100 free (48.16).
Freshman Matthan-Matthew Martir (Severn, Md./Old Mill) was 12th in the 100 fly (50.36), 13th in the 50 free (21.04) and 16th in the 100 free (46.56).
Also swimming in his home state and his final collegiate competition, senior Sean Newhouse (Katy, Texas/Morton Ranch) was 13th in the 200 free (1:41.97) 17th in the 100 free (46.90) and 17th in the 50 free (21.63).
The 400 medley relay of Martir, Phillips, Tubb and Flynn was fourth with a time of 3:23.33.
“With the exception of the emotion surrounding Newhouse's final career swim representing Rider, the swim of the meet definitely belonged to Phillips in the 100 breaststroke,” said head Coach Steve Fletcher, the 2014 MAAC Men’s Coach of the Year. “Adam set a new Rider record in the event to make it a pair of personal lifetime best performances for the weekend.”
In 2013-14, the Rider men won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship for the third season in a row with the Bronc women placing runner-up for the fifth season in a row.
“We made a decision to continue to rest this group after MAACs for an additional two weeks through ECACs, and the results there were great,” Fletcher added. “The consequence was that they felt the impact of an extended rest at this meet. Overall, it was impressive how they hung on and remained competitive. With only one senior in this group, the experience of managing the duration of the season and travel to an event like this will pay off for this young core of talent.”
The College Swimming Coaches' Association of America sponsors the CSCAA Collegiate Classic Division I National Invitational and the creation of a post-conference national invitational tournament was spearheaded by Steve Schaffer, Head Coach of Grand Canyon University.
“The CSCAA Collegiate Classic National Invitational will provide a post-conference meet to showcase Division I programs (or those in transition to DI) with swimmers who have Division I B cuts and are trying to move their swimmers/programs to the next level,” said Schaffer. “The CSCAA Collegiate Classic is analogous to the opportunities provided by the NIT Basketball Tournament, Track Regionals and non-BCS football bowl games providing a post-conference showcase for our athletes and teams who aspire to make it to the NCAA Championship. We are hopeful that the invite can provide a stepping stone to the next level. The event is intended to help in the developmental process for our athletes who are moving towards the NCAA Division I Championship, but haven’t quite made the leap."
“Our overriding program goal has always been to support the development of our swimmers to their ultimate potential,” Fletcher said. “The CSCAA Collegiate Classic is in its first year, and I think it will gain momentum and support from other collegiate programs. “There is a five to six week gap
between our conference championship NCAA qualifying opportunity and the NCAA Championship Meet. For us, because of the timing of the CSCAA meet being roughly the same weekend as the NCAA Championship, it will allow both coaches and athletes to create a plan to manage peak performance from the conference championships through the NCAA weekend. We are thinking that we'll be better prepared to manage our performance at NCAAs when we get there.”