Fordham Swimming And Diving Teams Split Dual Meet With Marist

BRONX – The Fordham swimming and diving teams earned a split with Marist College in the teams’ first dual meet of the season on Thursday night. The Fordham women won 145-93, and the Marist men came out on top 126-111.

Fordham Press Release

The Fordham swimming & diving team began its busy opening weekend of 2014-15 season by hosting Marist College at the Col. Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center on Thursday night.

The Rams earned a split in their first meet, as the women defeated the Red Foxes, 145-93, while the Fordham men were edged out by a 126-111 score.

The Fordham women won all 11 swimming events, led by sophomore Megan Polaha and junior Shannon Lulley with two individual wins each. Polaha won the 200 individual medley (2:08.06) and 200 butterfly (2:02.76), while Lulley captured the 50 (24.14) and 100 (53.52) freestyle events.

Both Polaha and Lulley were also a part of a relay win as well. Polaha joined Morgan Fairclough, Victoria McGovern, and Chandler Lulley to take the 400 medley relay in 3:52.11, while S. Lulley was a part of the 400 freestyle relay win with Erin McBride, Megan Zarriello, and Kalena Laurent (3:36.46).

Besides the relay wins, Zarriello (1000 free – 10:26.48), Laurent (200 free – 1:54.92), McBride (500 free – 5:07.99), and McGovern (200 breast – 2:25.09) each had an individual win as well. Spencer Chappell had the remaining first place finish, taking home the 200 backstroke in 2:06.93.

The men’s competition could have swung either way, as Fordham won six events, while taking second in four others by margins of .40, .09, .18, and . 52 seconds.

Junior Steve Sholdra was the top performer for the Rams, winning three individual events. He opened the meet by winning the 1000 freestyle in 9:36.07, followed by wins in the 200 butterfly (1:50.81) and the 500 freestyle (4:39.09).

Freshman Liam Semple also had a solid debut for the Maroon & White, as he won the 100 (48.17) and 200 (1:43.93) freestyle events.

Fordham’s final event win came in the 400 freestyle relay, as Zachary Miklos, Thomas Shetler, Kurtis Rossie, and J.T. Klimko posted the top time of 3:12.68.

The near-misses for the Rams came in the 400 medley relay, 50 freestyle, 200 backstroke, and 200 breaststroke events. The 400 medley relay team of Klimko, Chris Viera, Thomas Gillespie, and Patrick Militti placed second in 3:31.72, just 0.40 seconds behind Marist, while Joe Mercurio was touched out by .09 seconds in the 50 freestyle (22.03). Klimko posted a time of 1:54.08 in the 200 backstroke (.18 seconds behind first place) with Zachary Jacobsen finishing .52 seconds behind in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.98.

There won’t be much rest for the Rams, as they are right back in action on Friday, October 24th, as the team travels to Fairfield for a 5:00 PM meet.

Marist Men’s Press Release

The Marist men’s swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 126-111 non-conference victory over Fordham on Oct. 23. It was the Red Foxes’ first win at Fordham since 2006.

Marist’s first-place 400-yard medley relay team swam to the fastest dual meet time in program history, clocking in at 3:31.32. The all-senior team consisted of Dylan Cummings (Midland Park, N.J.), Nick Vandermolen (Brielle, N.J.), Jason Ruddy (Lake Katrine, N.Y.) and John Spitzer (Fairport, N.Y.).

Marist had a diver qualify for the NCAA Championships, as junior Josh Dodway (Niskayuna, N.Y.) racked up 304.65 points in the 1-meter dive. Dodway also scored the most points in the 3-meter dive with a score of 291.08.

Cummings registered a pair of individual victories. He finished the 200-yard individual medley in a first-place time of 1:57.43 and won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:53.90. Spitzer won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.94 seconds and placed second at 100 yards (48.25 seconds).

Freshman Sam Presgraves (Leesburg, Va.) picked up his first collegiate victory with a first place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.46).

The Red Foxes have a pair of home Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference meets coming up on the schedule, as they will face Fairfield at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 and battle against Rider at 6 p.m. Nov. 15.

Marist Women’s Press Release

The Marist women’s swimming and diving team suffered a 145-93 loss against Fordham in its first non-conference dual meet of the season Oct. 23 to even its record at 1-1.

Senior Kimberly Tobias (San Jose, Calif.) earned an NCAA qualifying score of 281.70 points in the 3-meter dive. She finished with the most points in the 1-meter event at 250.95 points, which was just slightly ahead of junior Renata Diotalevi’s (Madison, Conn.) score of 246.30.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Georgia Goldman (Douglaston, N.Y.), freshman Deirdre Connor (Nesconset, N.Y.), sophomore Colleen Lampe (East Setauket, N.Y.) and junior captain Bethany Powhida (Delmar, N.Y.) grabbed first place after completing the event in 3:46.01.

Sophomore Isabella Morreale (Short Hills, N.J.) won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.63, while Powhida placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.29).

Marist will return to McCann Natatorium for a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference meets. The Red Foxes will face Fairfield at 1 p.m. before taking on Rider at 6 p.m. Nov. 15.

Results: Marist vs. Fordham

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Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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