Men's Swimming & Diving

Panthers Cruise Past Union in Home Meet

Morgan Matsuda claimed two individual titles during Saturday's home meet.
Morgan Matsuda claimed two individual titles during Saturday's home meet.

The Panther swimming and diving teams got back on the winning track with home dual meet wins Saturday afternoon over Union. The men eased past the visiting Dutchmen by a 198-75 score, while the women cruised over the Dutchwomen, 205-74. Middlebury returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Williams for a 1:00 p.m. dual meet with the Ephs.

As a team, the men won 12 of the 15 events during Saturday's meet. The hosts jumped out to an early lead as the 400-yard medley relay of Brendan Leech, Stefan Pla, Nick Handali and Keegan Pando were victorious by nearly seven seconds in 3:36.83.

Individually, Morgan Matsuda and Pla both tallied a pair of wins in the pool for the Panthers. Matsuda won the 200 freestyle (1:47.80) and the 400 individual medley (4:21.26), while Pla led the field to the wall in both the 100 breaststroke (1:00.55) and the 200 breaststroke (2:14.23).

Other event titles came from Leech during the 50 free (22.43), Cory Jalbert in the 100 free (49.61) and Kevin Santoro during the 200 backstroke (1:59.52). Andrew Buchser won the 500 free (4:58.78), while Handali swam to the win in the 100 butterfly (53.78).

The 200 free relay team of Jalbert, Leech, Pando and Connor McCormick capped off the meet with a winning time of 1:29.55.

On the diving boards, Mike Chirico claimed the 3-meter event title with 358.43 points.

During the women's competition, the Panthers were victorious in 12 of the 15 events contested. The 400 medley relay quartet of Sarah Bartholomae, Liza MacCowatt, Kelly Delane and Audrey Kelly won with a time of 4:11.75.

Sarah McEachern and Frances VanderMeer each picked up two event wins in the pool. McEachern touched the wall first in both the 100 backstroke (1:02.15) and 500 freestyle (5:19.89), while VanderMeer won the 50 freestyle (24.64) and the 100 butterfly (58.83).

Additional event wins were tallied by Kristin Karpowicz in the 200 free (1:59.93), Erin Kelly during the 100 breaststroke (1:10.16), Jessica Lipton in the 200 fly (2:16.11) and Stephanie Andrews during the 100 free (55.50).

The 200 free relay quartet of VanderMeer, Audrey Kelly, Erin Kelly and Andrews won by 7.48 seconds with a mark of 1:41.09.

In the diving events, Elissa DeNunzio won the 1-meter title with 263.93 points, while earning the 3-meter crown with 274.95 points.