Men's Swimming & Diving

Panther Swimming & Diving Hosts Annual Middlebury Invitational

Brendan Leech swam a leg on the victorious 200 free relay.
Brendan Leech swam a leg on the victorious 200 free relay.

The Middlebury swimming and diving teams hosted the two-day Middlebury Invitational on Friday and Saturday inside the natatorium. The event featured no team scores as Williams, the University of Vermont and the Panthers took part in the meet. Middlebury will have a couple weeks off from competition before hitting the pool for the NESCAC Championships. The women's meet will take place February 15-17 at Wesleyan, while the men's championship will be hosted by the Panthers from February 22-24.

On the men's side, the opening event featuring the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Corey Jalbert, Brendan Leech, Bryan Chang and Will Pannos won with a time of 1:26.35.

Individually, Max Sassi claimed two event titles for the Panthers. He won the 50 free with a time of 22.18, while touching the wall first in 100 free (49.21). Other wins came from Pannos in the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.10), Morgan Matsuda during the 100 breaststroke (59.95), and Kevin Santoro in the 100 backstroke (53.31).

The 400-yard medley relay quartet of Santoro, Cody Kim, Jack Dowling and Jake Gaughan was victorious with a time of 3:34.51.

In the diving events, Mike Chirico claimed wins on both boards, taking the 1-meter title with 481.73 points, while earning the 3-meter win with 482.18 points.

During the women's competition, the Panthers captured six event titles, as Erin Kelly was a part of four of them. As an individual, she won both the 50 freestyle (24.83) and the 100 breaststroke (1:07.89).

She swam the second leg of the victorious 200 medley relay, consisting of Frances VanderMeer, Maddie McKean and Audrey Hsi in 1:48.16. A few events later, the 400 free relay quartet of McKean, Erin Kelly, Audrey Kelly and VanderMeer won by .05 seconds with a time of 3:37.07.

Other individual wins came VanderMeer in the 100 backstroke (59.88), while Kristin Karpowicz claimed the 400 individual medley (4:38.89).

On the diving boards, Olivia Rieur finished second in the 1-meter (381.00 points) and 3-meter (396.23 points) events, respectively.