Women's Swimming & Diving

Swimming & Diving Teams Sweep First Home Meet of 2020

Frances Vandermeer won two individual and two relay events.
Frances Vandermeer won two individual and two relay events.

The Middlebury swimming and diving teams swept their first home meet of the new year on Saturday. The men topped Clarkson 213-75 and Union 238-36, while the women downed Clarkson 253-45 and Union 237-63. The Panthers are idle until Saturday, January 25th when they head to Hamilton for a tri-meet with Williams.

Frances VanderMeer picked up two individual victories and was on two winning relays teams. She won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.64, while touching the wall in a winning time of 58.54 in the 100-yard butterfly. In the 200-yard medley relay, VanderMeer was joined by Julianna Haensly, Haley Hutchinson and Erin Kelly as the quartet took the top-spot with a time of 1:50.87. In the 200-yard freestyle relay (VanderMeer, Kelly, Maddie McKean and Lily Siemasko) the Panthers posted a winning time of 1:41.68.

In addition to her relay victory, Hutchinson earned two individual first-place finishes. She posted a winning time of 2:26.8 in the 200-yard breaststroke and won the 200-yard IM, touching the wall in 2:12.27. Katie Cantrell also won a pair of individual events, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle with times of 2:00.17 and 5:23.25, respectively. Other event victors were Julianna Haensly in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.26), Courtney Gantt in the 100-yard freestyle (55.58) and Lucy Townend in the 200-yard backstroke (2:13.68).

On the men's side, Corey Jalbert picked up a pair of individual victories and was on two winning relay teams. He won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.97, while he touched the wall in 48.27 in the 100-yard freestyle to earn the top-spot. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Jalbert, Isaac Esposito, Will Pannos and Jake Gaughan posted a winning time of 1:27.68. Aska Matsuda won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:16.63, and edged his opponent by just under two seconds to pick up the victor in the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.19).

The 200-yard medley relay comprised of Ben Merz, Bryan Chang, Pannos and Gaughan won the event with a time of 1:37.23, just one second ahead of Middlebuy's B squad. Other individual first-place finishes came from Merz in the 100-yard backstroke (54.75), Chang in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.58), Zack Einhorn in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.19).  Also earning top-honors was Sam Pelletier in the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.43), Kim Cody in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.76) and Pannos in the 100-yard butterfly (53.39).