LAWRENCEVILLE, New Jersey, October 22. THE Rider University men's and women's swimming and diving teams were swept by Seton Hall in Fall 2010 home opener at Coppola Pool in the Maurer Center.
"I was pleased with the energy that our team displayed today," said head coach Steve Fletcher. "Home meets at Rider are long so you have to have a certain amount of fortitude to get through it and this team has a lot of enthusiasm. I am appreciative for the foundation they are laying for the future success of this program."
For the Rider men, junior diver Brendan Cavallaro (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro) won the three-meter (348.08) and the one-meter (304.43) qualifying for The NCAA Zone A Diving Championships for the second time.
"Brendan also broke the pool record held by Paul Apostolakis (who graduated as the MAAC Diver of the Year last year), three-meter six dives championship format," said Fletcher. "He broke that record and qualified for NCAA Zone A Diving Championships which is the pre qualifier meet for the NCAA's. He qualified on both one-meter and three-meter. He is doing very well."
"The meet was one of my best of my career," said Cavallaro, "I have never dove as well as I did today. Three-meter, I was feeling good. I hit my first dive and the nerves kind of went away. The team as a whole did excellent. We went one, two, three, and four on both boards so we couldn't have asked for anything better."
Cavallaro was very pleased with qualifying for NCAA Zones earlier in the year this year.
"I only qualified for Zones on three-meter last year at MAACs, our championship meet," said Cavallaro, "I am very excited that I qualified this early on in the season and I can just improve from here."
For the Rider women, senior Brianna Burns (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) won the 50 free (24.69), the 100 free (53.10), and the 200 free (1:54.69).
"Brianna swam exceptionally well today," said Fletcher. "This was her first meet back and she won three events today. In terms of her speed she is on track to have lifetime bests this year and I was really proud about her performance."
Also for the Rider men, sophomore Brian Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS East) won the 100 free (48.27) and the 200 free (1:45.91) and sophomore Johnny Funk (Las Vegas, Nev./Southeast Career & Tech. Acad.) won the 100 fly (51.42).
Also for the Rider women, sophomore Addie Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) won the 100 back (1:00.01) and the 200 back (2:07.49) and freshman Melanie Leonhard (Piscataway) won the 1000 free.
"There were a lot of improved performances from last week," said Fletcher. "There was a lot of improvement in time from our last meet and we are getting better week to week. They are getting more comfortable with racing and I expect that to continue."
The Broncs defeated the Pirates in South Orange last year.
Rider travels to Pughkeepsie, N.Y. on Saturday, October 30 to take on Marist.
"We are just taking it one meet at a time," said Fletcher. "We have to sit and take a look at the results relative to where we are in training and make some intelligent decisions about workouts. Right now it is about training and preparing for February and our conference championships."
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