Swimming Sweeps Baruch
NEW YORK, N.Y. – In their first road meet of the season, both the Manhattan men’s and women’s swim teams picked up victories against Baruch. The men, now 2-1, earned a 103-78 win while the women got their first victory of the season, 103-91.
The men started off impressively, winning the first three events, beginning with the 200 medley relay. Lance Neuendorf, Mike Mackay, PJ Sweeney and Ryan Klages combined to finish in 1:41.79 seconds. The team of Scott Isaacs, Nick Delpino, Mike DiMaria and Peter Hubbell finished second in the event with a time of 1:46.29 seconds. RJ Meany then began the individual events with a victory in the 800 freestyle with Rich Llewellyn and Chris Fusco finishing second and third respectively. Sweeney picked up a win in the 200 free followed by Marcus Gilliland and Christopher Reyes to sweep the top three positions once again.
Baruch finally got their first event win when James Chang narrowly beat out Klages in the 50 free. However, the Jaspers would go 1-2-3 in the very next event as Neuendorf, Mackay and Delpino dominated the 200 Individual Medley. That trend continued in the 100 butterfly thanks to Llewellyn, Sweeney and DiMaria. Manhattan would wrap up the meet in the next event as Klages and Dallan Treanor finished first and second in the 100 freestyle. The Jaspers would swim exhibition events in the final four events, but still recorded top times in each.
As for the women (1-2), their meet started off with a second place finish in the 200 Medley Relay with the team of Kerry Schuermann, Vanessa L'Heureux, Paige Raccioppi and Patricia Colton. However, Manhattan would win the next three events, beginning with Molly Russell’s victory in the 800 freestyle. She was followed by teammates Kiersten Buelow and Kim Geissler in the event before Whitney Perez and Sara Buckley went 1-2 in the 200 free.
Raccioppi earned a first place finish in the 100 butterfly as Melanie Tam took third. Colton would then go on to pick up an individual win of her own in the 50 free. She also won the 100 freestyle, finishing just ahead of Baruch’s Daniela Marquez. MaryLynn McMahon also earned a victory for the Jaspers, taking first in the 400 free with Buelow finishing second. That would officially give Manhattan the win as they swam exhibition for three of the final four events.
In the victories, the Manhattan coaching staff named Raccioppi and Meany as the swimmers of the meet for their respective squads. Along with her split in the 200 Medley Relay, Raccioppi also had a strong performance in the 100 IM and her victory in the 100 fly. Meany posted top times in his two individual events, the 800 and the 400 freestyle, while also delivering an impressive split in the 200 freestyle relay.
Manhattan is back in the pool on Sunday as they visit St. Francis Brooklyn.