Men's Swimming & Diving

Middlebury Ends Opening Weekend With Meet Against Tufts

Brendan Leech won the 100 back during Sunday's home meet.
Brendan Leech won the 100 back during Sunday's home meet.

The Middlebury swimming and diving teams ended their respective opening weekends with a home dual meet Sunday against Tufts. The women fell to the Jumbos by a narrow 155-134 count, while the men were defeated 175-100. The Panthers return to the pool on Saturday, December 2 when they take to the road for the first time this season in a dual meet at Amherst.

During women's action in the day's opening relay, the 200-yard medley relay consisting of Frances VanderMeer, Maya Gomez, Kelly Delane and Stephanie Andrews were victorious with a time of 1:50.04.

The Panther women earned three individual event victories, led by two from VanderMeer. She led the field to the wall in both the 50 backstroke (27.60) and the 100 freestyle (53.79). Andrews was the third Panther to win an event with a time of 25.36 in the 50 freestyle.

In the final swimming event of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay VanderMeer, Gomez, Erin Kelly and Andrews won with a time of 3:40.69.

On the diving boards, Elissa DeNunzio claimed the 1-meter title with 234.00 points and the 3-meter crown with 233.48 points.

For the men, Brendan Leech and Charles Quinn both earned individual event crowns. Leech stopped the clock first in the 100 back (55.05), while Quinn touched the wall first in the 200 individual medley (2:01.69).

In the final event of the meet, the 400-yard free Panther quartet of Connor McCormick, Cory Jalbert, Christian Chiang and Leech touched the wall more than six seconds ahead of the runner-up team with a time of 3:18.74. 

Mike Chirico racked up 292.58 points to win 1-meter diving crown, followed by 252.68 points en route to the 3-meter title.