Division III Recap Part Two: SUNY Geneseo Crushes Case Western in Postponed Dual Meet

The holiday weekend was a long one of racing in Division III, with a few big meets on Friday and action stretching the whole way into Monday aftternoon. A weekend snowstorm postponed a few meets, including one in upstate New York between two ranked teams: SUNY Geneseo and Case Western.

For the highlights of the front-half of the weekend in Division III, click here. To see what happened late Sunday and Monday, keep reading…

SUNY Geneseo Defends Home Turf Against Case Western

In their postponed senior meet, the SUNY Geneseo Blue Wave beat Case Western Reserve University on Monday afternoon. The #13 women were dominant against the #16 Case Western team, winning 174.5 to 120.5, including going exhibition at the end of the meet. The Blue Wave men won a much closer meet, 165 to 135.

Geneseo senior Nancy Nasky won the 1000 (10:45.84) and the 500 (5:12.35), leading a one-two finish in both. Her teammate Deidra Osula beat Case Western’s Suhan Mestha 24.19 to 24.74 in the 50 free. Mestha had the upper hand in the 100, winning that 54.27 to 55.33.

Matthew Mattera led a one-two finish in the 1000 in 9:55.20 for Geneseo. He was also 4:49.97 to win the 500. His teammate Kaz Sampson swam a 1:01.00 to win the 100 breaststroke.

In the 200 backstroke three men were under two minutes. Case Western’s Will McDonald held off Geneseo’s Mitchell Phelps‘ fast closing 50 to get the victory, 1:56.73 to 1:56.99. Phelps won the 100 fly in 52.46.

Full results here.

Other swims of note:

  • At the Seven Sisters Championships (a meet among five of the original Seven Sisters schools– Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Wellesley, Vassar) this weekend, Wellesley’s Danielle PetersonSunny Chiang, Jessie Feng, and Hannah May combined for a 7:55.90 in the 800 freestyle relay. May also swam a 1:55.81 200 freestyle, the 10th fastest in Division III this week, and just .05 faster than Vassar’s Jess Ecklund in 1:55.86. Vassar’s Brynn Lautenbacher (57.64) and Wellesley’s Jessica Wegner (57.97) had a close race in the 100 fly, both posting times in the top eight of the week.
  • In a Monday dual meet against Trinity College, Connecticut College’s Collin Merrill won the 200 fly (1:55.70), 500 free (4:54.03), and 200 IM (1:58.68).
  • Tufts University senior Kingsley Bowen swam a 51.38 100 backstroke in the Jumbos’ Senior Day dual meet loss to Boston College on Sunday. While well off his lifetime best, that’s within a second of his season best, swum at the MIT invite in December. Roger Gu snagged the Tufts pool record in the 100 free, racing to a 45.19, also less than a second off his season best.