Men’s swimming outpaces Fordham, falls to Boston College

Men’s swimming split its tri-meet against Div. I foes last Saturday, falling 193-107 to Boston College and earning a narrow 153-143 victory over Fordham. The men also dominated Union 227-73 in their season opener on Nov. 19.

Stuart Horgan ’12 placed seventh in the 200 fly, finishing the event in 1:59.91 as the men earned a split in last Saturday’s tri-meet.
Stuart Horgan ’12 placed seventh in the 200 fly, finishing the event in 1:59.91 as the men earned a split in last Saturday’s tri-meet. Photo by Iva Nikolau.

“It was great that we were able to beat a Div. I team,” co-captain Ryan Marrano ’12 said. “The times that we had [last] weekend make the rest of the season look promising.”

Tom Vieth ’13 and Paul Dyrkacz ’13 both had a great showing for the Ephs last weekend, picking up two event wins each. Vieth was a huge asset for Williams, winning the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:23.25 and the 500 freestyle in 4:43.72. Dyrkacz took home victories in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:07.51 and the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.68. Dyrkacz also scored points for the Ephs with his third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

In the three-meter diving event, Rohan Bhatt ’15, Alex Long ’12 and Morgan Stevens ’15 took home first, second and third, respectively. In the one meter, Bhatt claimed second, Long snared third and Stevens finished fourth.

“The divers again proved to be a key point where we really dominated Fordham,” Head Coach Steve Kuster said.

Rookie Christian Gronbeck ’15 took second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 1000 freestyle. John Armstrong ’13 also excelled in these events, taking fourth in the 500 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. In the 100 backstroke, Phil Treesh ’13 took third place with a time of 53.79, while DJ Taylor ’13 finished in fourth at 54.57. Taylor pulled through to win fourth in the 200 backstroke, completing the race in 1:57.54. Fordham‘s Thomas Yi dominated both the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke, winning the latter in 1:53.90 by almost three seconds.

“I really liked the way the men’s team competed,” Kuster said. “Getting a win over Fordham is big and keeping it pretty close with Boston College is more than we had been able to do in the past couple of meets.”

The meet on Nov. 19 posed less of a challenge for the men, as they crushed Union by over 150 points. Dyrkacz took home four victories, winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:06.81 and the 200 freestyle in 1:44.20. The Eph was also a member of two victorious relay teams, leading the Ephs to first in the 400 medley and the 200 freestyle.

In the 200 freestyle and backstroke, Dyrkacz was followed by teammates Chris Weihs ’15 and co-captain Greg McElroy ’12 in second and third, respectively. McElroy finished first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.43, narrowly beating Timothy Lattimer ’15 who came in second with a time of 1:01.48.

In the 200 fly, Stuart Horgan ’12 brought home second in a time of 54.39, and Marrano finished third in 54.74.

Vieth took home two first-place finishes, topping the 500 freestyle in 4:45.97 and the 50 freestyle in 21.97. Williams swept the 50 freestyle, as Will Brown ’15 took second and Alexander Nanda ’15 took third.

The men collected a number of first-place finishes. Armstrong won the 1000 freestyle in 9:55.56, while rookie Thad Ricotta ’15 picked up his first collegiate win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 4:52.72. Treesh won both the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle, and Taylor took the top spot in the 200 backstroke.

The men will host Conn. College on Saturday. “We certainly still have some issues to address,” Kuster said. “We will need to keep developing in all areas, but in particular sprint freestyle is an area of focus. It’s early in the season though, and so far I like what I have seen from the men.”