By Delaney Lanker, Swimming World College Intern
The Metropolitan Swim Conference Championships will begin at Rutgers University this Friday February 19th and conclude Sunday February 21st. This is one of the largest conferences and has D1, D2 and D3 teams participating. Last year the men’s College of New Jersey team won Championship title and Long island University-Post won the meet for the women.
While LIU Post has been the reigning champion the past couple of seasons, The University of Bridgeport looks to be some touch competition for the women’ only team. In the 200 free relay, Bridgeport is seeded with a 1:33.58 which is ahead of the METS’s record (1:33.69) held by LIU Post who is entered in a close second (1:33.83).
In the women’s 50 free, current METS record holder, Tatiana Shepel from Bridgeport, is seeded first with a 23.35. She will be looking to best her record of 23.04 and defend her first place spot this weekend.
Katie Crochet and Southern Connecticut are back from NE-10s and competing in the METS Championships as well. Crochet is seeded first in the women’s 200 freestyle with a 1:51.19. She is also seeded second in the 50 free, only only one hundredth of a second behind Shepel.
In the 200 butterfly LIU Post’s Joyce Kwok is entered first with a 2:00.43. She is currently has the METS record in the event with a 1:58.91. Joyce also is seeded with the fastest times in the 200 IM (2:04.72) and 100 butterfly (53.2).
In both the 200 and 400 IM, Southern Connecticut’s Raymond Cswerko, is entered with a the fastest time, with a 1:48.14 in the 200 and a 3:58.01 in the 400. He is the current METS recorder holder in both events with a 1:46.95 in the 200 and a 3:51.83.
Southern Connecticut’s Louis Geist is seeded first in both the men’s 500 (4:35.56) and 1650 (16:05.10) freestyle. In the 50 and 100 freestyle events it will be a toss up between Southern Connecticut’s Brendan Murphy and Rowan’s Jesse Novak. The two are tied with a 45.16, in the 100 freestyle. Murphy (20.07) is entered first, only a half a second ahead of Novak (20.57) who is second in the 50.
The University of Bridgeport is seeded first in most of the relays but with Southern Connecticut and the College of New Jersey close behind them it will be a race to the finish.