Falcons Earn Best Times, But Fall To Dickinson College
The Falcons earned best times in several events against neighboring Dickinson College Tuesday evening, but couldn't overcome the Red Devils.
Grantham, PA – The Messiah men’s and women’s swim teams turned in solid performances Tuesday night against visiting Dickinson College, but couldn’t overcome the Red Devils in the end. Despite winning all but four events, the women were edged 110-95 and the men saw several best times, yet were beaten 123-74.
Coming off of a taxing weekend at the Swarthmore Invitational, where the school record books were rewritten in several events, the Falcons struggled to outdo Dickinson (7-3).
“This was a tough one for us,” head coach Nancy Luley said. “We only had one day between Swarthmore and Dickinson so we weren’t as well-rested as we needed to be. A lot of good things happened, though, and that makes me very excited for January.”
Sophomore Hanna Schaffer and junior Katelynn Sagaser led the way for the Falcons (2-3, 2-1) with two individual wins on the day.
Schaffer captured the 50-yard freestyle (:25.72) and 100-yard freestyle (:56.31).
Sagaser won the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.37) and 100-yard backstroke (1.02.13) where freshman Katie Reiter finished third at 1:07.69.
Freshman Lauren Clune also performed well capturing the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.54) and finished second in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:25.84. Clune was joined by freshman Hannah Teklits, Sagaser, and Schaffer to take the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:43.87, narrowly missing the pool record of 1:43.57.
In the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Laura Penwell set a new school record (1:01.95), which she previously set on November 19th at Albright College (1:02.22). Penwell also finished third in the 50-yard freestyle (:26.77) and joined Reiter, junior Molly Handley, Penwell, and Teklits for second in the 200-yard medley relay (2:01.59).
“The women’s team looked really strong,” Luley said. “Hanna Schaffer and Kate (Sagaser) keep leading the way and swimmers like Penwell follow. I’m thrilled with their performance today.”
On the men’s side (1-4, 1-2), Messiah battled the Red Devils throughout, challenging the record books in both individual events and relays.
Sophomore Nate Brown was the lone event winner for the Falcons capturing the 100-yard freestyle (:51.01) and finished third in the 50-yard freestyle (:22.75).
Sophomore Zach Krueger swam a career best in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of :58.95.
Another impressive performance came from sophomore Taylor Shields as he broke :24 in the 50-yard freestyle for a season best :23.87.
Freshman Luke Sagaser, sophomores Daniel Wingert, Krueger, and Shields combined for second place in the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.30), while junior Tim Alarcon also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle.
In the final event of the evening, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Brown, freshman Adam Vogel, junior Tim Alarcon, and senior Zachary McArdle won the event with a time of 1:31.19, just missing the pool record of 1:30.32.
"We are definitely ahead of where we were last year at this time," Luley said. "We have 18 men and 18 women qualified for the MAC championship meet, which is the maximum number of scoring swimmers allowed. I am very pleased with the season so far. Things look bright for the future of Messiah College swimming."
The Falcons will look to regroup over the upcoming winter break, which takes them into January before their next meet.
“Over break we will refocus,” senior Zachary McArdle said. “J-Term is always our hardest training time, so we need to rest and recover now so we can come back ready to train hard in January.”
Messiah returns to action on Saturday, January 7 as they travel to Madison, New Jersey to take on FDU-Florham. The conference dual is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.