By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern
The Metropolitan Conference Championships began this morning at Rutgers University. The prelims of the men’s and women’s 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 400 medley relay were swam.
To start the meet off LIU Post had the fastest time of the morning in the women’s 200 free relay in the time of 1:33.94 and the team of Laura Benfeldt (24.10), Seren Jones (23.44), Joyce Kwok (23.19) and Meghan Brazier (23.21). Ramapo College of NJ came in second with a 1:38.51 and the team of Meghan Trewhella (25.12), Brenda Arthur (24.81), Sarah Stacey (25.24) and Maggie Herbert (23.34). The College of New Jersey came in third (1:39.04) with Allison Huber (24.94), Lauren Rothstein (24.57), Emily Rothstein (24.77) and Brenna Strollo (24.76).
In the women’s 500 Bridgeport’s Annagrazia Botsanti touched the wall first this morning with a 5:03.45. LIU Post’s Eline Swensen came in second with a 5:06.82 and Southern Connecticut’s Sydney Fromkin touched third in a 5:09.70.
Kwok of LIU Post has the quickest 200 IM this morning with a 2:05.44. The College of New Jersey’s Brenna Strollo went a 2:09.40 to be seeded second going into tonight and Karis Fuller, also from LIU Post, finished third in a 2:09.61.
LIU Post’s Brazier finished first this morning in the women’s 50 free with a 23.42. Her teammate Bendfeldt touched second with a 23.42 and Bridgeport’s Nina Stegu went a 23.63 to be going into tonight seeded third.
Bridgeport’s team of Claudia Esteban (58.93), Barbra Martins (1:12.22), Clara Mico Gonzalez (58.70) and Nina Stegu had the fastest 400 medley relay this morning going a 4:01.06. Right behind them was LIU Post with a 4:01.09 and the team of Elin Kvarnemar (1:00.85), Caitlin Johnstone (1:07.19), Kwok (58.68) and Brazier (54:37). Rowan came in third (4:02.76) with Amanda Burke (1:01.34), Olivia Wojtowicz (1:08.30), Gabby Gligor (59.60) and Julie Sheehan 953,52).
The College of New Jersey started the meet off with a 1:23.58 for the fastest time of the morning in the men’s 200 free relay. Their team of Alexander Skoog (21.46), Jason Ivins (20.40), Scott Vitabile (20.96) and Ryan Gajdzisz (20.76) will be going into tonight seeded first. Rowan was right behind them going a 1:23.92 with the team of Eric Feuerstein (21.02), Adam Sicinski (21.22), Nick Marks (20.66) and Tyler Coe (20.91). Bridgeport came in third (1:26.15) with Juan Mafla (22.29), Brian Kelly (20.82), Diego Marques (21.95) and Ivan Capan (21.09).
Anthony Czar of Rowan touched first this morning in the men’s 500 free with a 4:35.79. The College of NJ’s Ryan Gajdzisz came in second with a 4:35.93 and two one hundredths behind was Bridgeport’s Klavio Meca with a 4:35.95.
In the 200 IM Capan of Bridgeport touched first with a 1:48.28. Rowan’s Mikey Simunek went a 1:53.39 for second this morning and PACE’s Nianzhonh Liu went a 1:54.71 for the third place spot.
Rowan’s Jesse Novak had the fastest men’s 50 free this morning going a 20.00. The College of NJ’s Joseph Dunn went a 20.65 to be seeded second going into finals and Marks from Rowan went a 20.80 for third this morning.
Going a 3:25.35 Rowan had the fastest 400 medley relay of the morning with the team of Joe Furze (51.63), Tyler Coe (56.02), John Shellem (51.38) and Novak (46.32). Adam Coppola (51.53), Chris O’Sullivan (57.70), Andrew Coe (51.28) and Anthony Gurrieri (46.30) from The College of NJ touched second with a 3:26.81. The US Merchant Marine Academy came in third (3:27.99) with Chris Kahl (51.72), Karl Sasse (57.13), William Kelsik (50.93) and Logan Propst (48.21).