MAC Qualifying Times Abound As Messiah Wins Big Over FDU
Messiah swept the Devils of FDU-Florham on Saturday with ten swimmers earning personal best times.
Madison, NJ – The Messiah men’s and women’s swim teams traveled to Fairleigh Dickinson University at Florham Saturday to do battle with yet another MAC opponent. The Falcons showed no signs of their month-long winter hiatus winning all but two events en route to sweeping the Devils to the tune of 157-41 on the women’s side and 133-50 for the men.
“We swam solidly today,” head coach Nancy Luley said. “We added a few more MAC-cuts to the list, which is always nice. Several swimmers competed in events they’re not used to, so there was no pressure, and we made great times.”
One, if not the most impressive, of those great swims came from freshman Lauren Clune. Her event-winning time of 5:01.36 in the 400-yard individual medley was more than 20 seconds faster than the previous school record held by freshman Marissa Jones (5:22.23).
Clune also took home the top prize in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of :58.80. Freshmen Hannah Teklits and Alexis Alexander finished in second (1:01.68) and third (1:02.68), respectively.
Freshman Laura Penwell was another multi-event winner on the day, dominating her competition in the 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly, and 500-yard freestyle.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Penwell (:26.59) led the pack with Teklits finishing in second (:27.63) and senior Ashley Bell (:28.35) coming in third.
Penwell was more than 15 seconds faster than her closest competition in the 200-yard butterfly, winning the event with a time of 2:25.76, while freshman Carolyn Lewis’s third place finish (2:47.82) qualified her for her first MAC championship.
In the 500-yard freestyle, freshman Nicole Barberides came in third (6:13.02) behind Penwell’s winning time of 5:59.95.
Barberides took home the top prize in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:11.82. Freshmen Katie Reiter (2:13.51) and Alexander (2:16.07) finished second and third, respectively.
Freshman Abbie Stonelake (12:25.23) and sophomore Julie Price (12:42.93) went one-two in the 1000-yard freestyle, while Reiter (2:26.99) and senior Ashley Bell (2:32.69) duplicated their result in the 200-yard backstroke.
Like Lewis, sophomore Amanda White earned her first MAC qualifying time of the season (2:52.44) in the 200-yard breaststroke with Jones and Price finishing in second and third, respectively.
On the men’s side, Messiah saw strong performances and multi-event wins from junior Tim Alarcon and freshman Sam Kidd.
Alarcon mastered both the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly, while Kidd dominated the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events.
Sophomore Zach Krueger’s time of :25.53 earned third place behind Alarcon’s :23.98 in the 50-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard butterfly, Alarcon won the event at 2:20.47, while Krueger warded off the Devils to finish second at 2:28.38.
Behind Kidd, the Falcons went one-two-three in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. In the 200, freshman Nate Brown (2:12.81) and sophomore Matt Barker (2:20.48) joined Kidd (2:04.97) on the podium, while sophomore Mark Wagner (:56.63) and senior Brad Culwell (:57.94) duplicated their result with Kidd leading the way in the 100 at :55.80.
In the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke, Messiah finished one-two.
Freshman Michael Lacson took the top prize in the 400-yard individual medley (4:54.57) with junior Malcolm McDermond close behind at 4:59.58.
In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Nathan Good’s time of 2:25.64 was good for first place while Lacson finished second at 2:27.00.
McDermond rounded out the individual wins with a solid swim in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.38).
Messiah dominated the relays, also, sweeping all four events.
In the 200-yard medley relay, Reiter, Jones, Barberides, and Bell combined for the win at 2:07.76. On the men’s side, Good, sophomore Zach Schutte, freshman David Whiting, and Barker were the victors with a time of 1:55.40.
Clune, Alexander, Stonelake, and Teklits dominated the 400-yard freestyle relay at 4:11.59, while Culwell, Lacson, Whiting, and Alarcon’s time of 3:44.93 was superior for the men.
On the day, the Falcons saw one school record fall, two new members were added to the women’s MAC championship roster, five swimmers added another event to their current list of MAC championship qualifying events, and 10 swims of the day were personal best times.
Not a bad day at the pool.
Messiah will now set their sights on their upcoming opponents.
“We’ll need to put together our strongest line-up for Susquehanna,” Luley said. “They are a good team and we will have to swim well to beat them then turn around to face King’s and Arcadia on Saturday.”
The Falcons will travel to Susquehanna University on Friday and are scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, Messiah will host both King’s College and Arcadia University at 1:00 p.m.