Men's Swimming & Diving

Panther Swimming & Diving Sweeps Springfield

Brendan Leech was a part of two event victories on Saturday.
Brendan Leech was a part of two event victories on Saturday.

The Panther swimming and diving teams concluded the first semester by hosting a dual meet on Saturday with Springfield. The men cruised by a 178-116 score for their first win of the season, while the women edged the Pride, 153-146. The Panthers take a break for the holidays before returning to action on Saturday, January 13, when they travel to Colby for a dual meet starting at 1:00 p.m.

On the men's side, the team tallied eight wins in the day's 14 swimming events. Eight different Panthers posted individual event triumphs in the pool. Connor McCormick claimed both the 200-yard freestyle (1:46.77) and the 500 free (4:58.57), Morgan Matsuda touched the wall first in the 1,000 free (10:34.64), while Jack Dowling led the field during the 100-yard butterfly (53.38). Other wins came from Cory Jalbert in the 100 free (49.58), Brendan Leech during the 100-yard backstroke (54.97) and Stefan Pla in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.29).

Teammates Alex Smith and Nick Handali tied for the individual title in the 50 fly with a time of 24.52.

In the final event of the day, the quartet of Keegan Pando, Jalbert, Will Pannos and Leech posted a winning time of 1:29.56 in the 200-free relay.

In the women's competition, the Panthers recorded seven event victories in the pool. The 200-yard medley relay team of Sarah Bartholomae, Maya Gomez, Frances VanderMeer and Stephanie Andrews started the meet with a time mark of 1:50.64. In the day's last event, the 200-free relay team of VanderMeer, Erin Kelly, Audrey Kelly and Andrews stopped the clock in 1:39.76.

Gomez picked up a pair of individual wins for the Panthers. She outswam the field in both the 50 breaststroke (31.08) and the 100-yard individual medley (1:02.32). VanderMeer also earned two wins during the 50 free (24.44) and the 50 fly (26.29), while Bartholomae won the 50 back (29.46).

On the diving boards, Elissa DeNunzio claimed the 1-meter competition title with 239.40 points.