Panther Swimming & Diving Hosts Annual Middlebury Invitational

Megan Griffin was a part of two event victories, including a win in the 100 fly.
Megan Griffin was a part of two event victories, including a win in the 100 fly.

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, Springfield, Tufts and the University of Vermont took part in the meet along with the Panthers.

During the women’s competition, the Panthers picked up wins during four relay events. The 200 free team of junior Morgan Burke (Summit, N.J.), sophomore Isabel Wyer (Deephaven, Minn.), senior Megan Griffin (Sudbury, Mass.) and sophomore Stephanie Andrews (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished with a time of 1:37.42. The 200 medley quartet of senior Caroline Kelly (Haddon Heights, N.J.), rookie Liza MacCowatt (New Vernon, N.J.), Griffin and sophomore Kelly Delane (Rye, N.Y.) touched the wall first in 1:49.95.

In the 400 medley relay, the team of junior Claire Treesh (Darien, Conn.), MacCowatt, sophomore Margaret Pollack (Baltimore, Md.) and rookie Grace Stimson (Cincinnati, Ohio) won with a time of 4:03.50, while the 800 free comprised of Burke, Wyer, junior Caitlin Carroll (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and senior Madeline Pierce (Weston, Mass.) were victorious by more than three seconds in 7:49.97.

Individually, Griffin and Wyer posted a pair of top-two finishes. Griffin won the 100 fly (58.00) and was second in the 50 free (24.52), while Wyer was victorious during the 200 back (2:04.88) and runner-up in the 200 individual medley (2:09.05).

Also tallying a victory for the Panther women was sophomore Audrey Bangs (Westfield, N.J.) in the 200 fly with a mark of 2:11.64, one spot ahead of rookie teammate Katie Aman (Hanover, N.H.) in 2:13.48. Rookie Alaina Pribis (Concord, N.H.) swam to a second-place effort in the 500 free (5:14.84).

On the men’s side, the 400 medley quartet of junior Justin Cho (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), sophomore Stefan Pla (New Canaan, Conn.), rookie Jack Dowling (Cincinnati, Ohio) and senior Stephan Koenigsberger (New York, N.Y.) raced to a win with a time of 3:35.08. The 200 free relay team of seniors Bryan Cheuk (Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong) and Paul Lagasse (Hopkinton, Mass.) along with sophomore Jack McLaughlin (Fort Atkinson, Wis.) and rookie Brendan Leech (Pittsburgh, Pa.) touched the wall second in 1:26.07, as did the 800 free team of junior Eric Stanton (Kinnelon, N.J.), Dowling, junior Andrew Grant (Marshfield, Mass.) and Leech with a time of 7:11.57.

Individually, Dowling won the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.47, while Grant led the field to the wall in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.33. Additional top-three efforts came from sophomore Connor McCormick (Dover, Mass.) in the 1,000 free (2nd, 9:48.55), sophomore Chris Mombello (Westport, Conn.) in the 200 individual medley (3rd, 1:59.91) and 100 breaststroke (3rd, 1:01.78) and Koenigsberger in the 200 free (3rd, 1:46.17).

Third-place relay performances came from the 200 medley team of junior Noel Antonisse (Silver Spring, Md.), senior Nathaniel Smith (Needham, Mass.), sophomore Alex Smith (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and Koenigsberger in 1:38.57, while the 400 free relay of Lagasse, Grant, rookie Charlie Nuss (Wayland, Mass.) and McLaughlin finished in 3:16.15.

On the diving board, rookie Will Greene (Bar Harbor, Maine) was second in the 3-meter event (439.35) and third in the 1-meter (408.35).

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