By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern
Day two prelims of the Metropolitan Conference Championships were swam this morning. The men’s and women’s 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back were swam.
LIU Post had the fastest time of the morning in the 200 medley relay going a 1:44.47 and their team of Seren Jones (26.30), Caitlin Johnstone (29.72), Joyce Kwok (24.64) and Laura Benfeldt (23.81). Ramapo College of NJ came second (1:49.13) with the team of Danielle Bach (27.56), Brenda Arthur (30.50), Meghan Trewhella (27.20) and Maggie Herbert (23.87). Rowan touched third (1:50.44) with Polina Dineva (28.33), Olivia Wojowicz (31.15), Gabby Gilgor (26.90) and Miranda Coughlan (24.06).
In the 400 IM, Karis Fuller of LIU Post had the fastest time of the morning with a 4:30.73. Bridgeport’s Claudia Esteban took second (4:39.39) and William Paterson’s Vera Blazevska finished third with a 4:42.14.
Kwok of LIU Post went a 54.29 for the top seed tonight in the women’s 100 butterfly. Bridgeport’s Yekaterina Gakhokidze came in second with a 56.25 and with a 57.92 Laura Bendfeldt of LIU Post touched third this morning.
Bridgeport had the top two fastest times of the morning in the women’s 200 free. Nina Stega touched first with a 1:53.08 and her teammate Alja Tavcar came in second this morning with a 1:53.81. LIU Post’s Meghan Brazier finished third with a 1:54.88.
Johnstone of LIU Post went a 1:04.85 for the fastest time of the morning in the 100 breast. Mt. Saint Mary’s Marissa Catania took second with a 1:06.69 and William Patterson’s Blazevska came in third (1:07.19).
In the 100 back, LIU Post’s Jones finished first with a 55.43 this morning. Gakhokidze of Bridgeport was right behind with a 55.53 and US Merchant Marine Academy’s Tyler Wickesberg came in third with a 57.74.
Rowan came in first this morning in the men’s 200 medley relay in a 1:33.37 with the team of Joe Furze (24.54), Tyler Coe (25.41), Eric Feuerstein (22.77) and Anthony Czar (20.65). The College of New Jersey came in second (1:34.79) with their team of Adam Coppola (23.89), Chris O’Sullivan (26.39), Andrew Coe (23.41) and Anthony Gurrieri (21.10). Ramapo came in third (1:35.44) with Jose Alferez (24.88), Rj Carillo (26.24), Evan Grazino (22.37) and Matt Stenger (21.95).
In the men’s 400 IM Rowan’s Connor Buck came in with the fastest time of the morning with a 4:07.87. On his toes was Southern Connecticut’s Louis Geist with a 4:07.99 and The College of NJ’s Samuel Maquet touched third (4:08.75).
Nick Marks of Rowan went a 49.15 for the number one seed in tonight’s 100 fly finals. Bridgeport’s Didac Matsuyama went a 49.52 for the second fastest time of the morning and his teammate Brian Kelly came in third (49.83).
The College of New Jersey had the top three fastest times in the men’s 100 breast this morning. Jason Ivins went a 1:40.29 for the top seed, Scott Vitabile came in with a 1:40.60 for second and Ryan Gajdzisz touched third (1:40.95).
Bridgeport’s Brian Kelly came in with a 49.61 in the 100 back for the fastest time of the morning. Southern Connecticut’s Raymond Cswerko went a 50.39 for the second spot seed and Will Du Plessis, also from Bridgeport came in at a 50.63.
The men’s and women’s 1000 free and 800 free relay will be swam as finals only events.