Swimming & Diving Teams Open Season With Road Meets at Connecticut College, Tufts

Morgan Burke was a part of three event victories on Sunday.
Morgan Burke was a part of three event victories on Sunday.

The Panther swimming and diving teams opened up their respective 2016-17 seasons by hosting a meet at Tufts and Connecticut College. On Saturday against the Camels, the women fell by a 173-121 tally, while the men were defeated, 191-97. Against the Jumbos on Sunday, the Middlebury women lost to the Jumbos by a narrow 156-144 count, while the men lost 185-110.

Rookie Celia Ripple (Wauwatosa, Wis.) led the women with a pair of individual victories. She took home the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.96. Later in the meet, Ripple won the 200 individual medley in 2:16.13, just ahead of runner-up and sophomore teammate Grace Stimson (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 2:16.43. Another individual win in the pool came from rookie Frances VanderMeer (Elmira, N.Y.) with a winning time of 1:00.50 during the 100 butterfly.

On the diving board, the Panthers earned a pair of victories. Rookie Kacey Hertan (Westport, Conn.) recorded a win during the 1-meter event with 228.37 points, while junior Elissa DeNunzio (Darien, Conn.) claimed the 3-meter title (209.17).

For the men, senior Michael McGean (Lincoln, Mass.) recorded two victories in the longest freestyle events. He stopped the clock with a winning time of 4:45.65 in the 500 free, while leading the field to the wall in the 1,000 free with a mark of 9:49.99.

Rookie Mike Chirico (Dover, Mass.) claimed the 1-meter diving event with 262.65 points, while sophomore Will Greene (Bar Harbor, Maine) racked up 274.50 points en route to the 3-meter event crown.

In Sunday’s meet with Tufts, the women’s 400 medley relay team of senior Claire Treesh (Darien, Conn.), Ripple, VanderMeer and senior Morgan Burke (Summit, N.J.) were victorious with a time of 4:02.25.

A trio of Panthers tallied two individual wins apiece. VanderMeer won both the 50 back (28.71) and 50 fly (27.12), while Ripple stopped the clock first in the 50 breaststroke (30.78) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.58). Burke stopped the clock first in the 100 free (55.39) and the 200 free (2:00.23), while senior Caitlin Carroll (Scotch Plains, N.J.) swam to a victory in the 1,000 free (11:16.40).

On the diving boards, DeNunzio claimed the 1-meter title with 236.47 points.

The women’s meet came down to the final event of the afternoon. With the Jumbos clinging to a 145-140 lead in the team scores going into the 400-free relay, the Tufts quartet won the event for 11 team points with a time of 3:40.81. That time narrowly edged the Middlebury team consisting of VanderMeer, junior Stephanie Andrews (Pittsford, N.Y.), rookie Olivia Mitchell (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.) and Burke, who touched the wall in 3:43.04.

For the men, McGean recorded two victories in the longest freestyle events. He stopped the clock with a winning time by more than 10 seconds of 4:50.25 in the 500 free, while leading the field to the wall in the 1,000 free with a mark of 9:56.50, winning the event by 26 seconds.

Rookie Charles Quinn (Sherborn, Mass.) recorded the other individual event victory for the Panther men, claiming the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:02.55.

In the final event of the meet, the Panther quartet of sophomore Brendan Leech (Pittsburgh, Pa.), McGean, sophomore Jack Dowling (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Connor McCormick (Dover, Mass.) touched the wall six seconds ahead of the runner-up team with a time of 3:19.28. 

Greene racked up 255.07 points en route to the 3-meter diving crown.

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