POUGHKEEPSIE, New York, October 20. THE Fordham swimming & diving team opened its 2011-12 season on Thursday night up in Poughkeepsie, New York, taking on the Marist Red Foxes at the McCann Natatorium. By the end of the night, the Fordham women brought home a 144-99 win, while the men's team was just edged out by Marist, 125-112.
The Rams began the night in style posting wins in both the women's and men's 400 medley relay event. Brienne Ryan, Courtney Collyer, Kelly Bunster, and Alana Biagioli opened the meet with a win on the women's side in 3:54.48, while the men's team of Thomas Yi, Ben Dwyer, Shintaro Noguchi, and Devon Morris won in a time of 3:30.07.
Fordham also swept the 200 and 100 freestyle events against the Red Foxes. Ryan won both women's events in 1:54.98 (200) and 52.91 (100), while Noguchi took the 200 freestyle in 1:43.65 with Morris capturing the 100 freestyle in 47.02 seconds. Morris also won the 50 freestyle in 21.61 seconds.
The Rams posted seven other event wins, led by Collyer and Elizabeth Dorger. Collyer won both the women's 200 individual medley (2:08.50) and the 200 butterfly (2:05.65), while Dorger swept the diving events with scores of 252.97 (1M) and 234.97 (3M).
Two freshmen also won events on Thursday, as Spencer Chappell won the women's 200 backstroke in 2:07.87, while Zach Jacobsen won the men's 500 freestyle in 4:52.47.
The Rams' final event win came in the men's 400 freestyle relay, as Noguchi, Nicolas Belfanti, Michael Grimmett-Norris and Patrick Militti, took home gold in 3:13.16.
The Fordham swimming & diving team will next be in action on Saturday, October 22nd, when the Rams compete at the UConn Invitational in Storrs, Connecticut, beginning at noon.
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