Messiah vs. Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania, October 30. THE Gettysburg College swimming teams opened their 2010-11 seasons with a sweep of Messiah College in a non-conference meet Saturday afternoon at the Gettysburg College Bullets Pool.

The men's team earned a 145-99 decision while the women copped a 151-94 victory.

The Bullet women finished first in all 14 events, although the last four were exhibitioned. The men's squad won nine of 10 events before finishing first in each of the final four events that were exhibitioned.

Sophomore Caroline Coolidge (South Windsor, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford), sophomore Brooke Lacey (Darien, Conn./Darien), and freshman Ali Roth (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) all won multiple events for the women. Coolidge captured both the 200-free (2:01.24) and the 100-back (1:03.74) while placing first in the exhibitioned 200-IM (2:20.26). Lacey touched first in the 50-breast (33.46) and the 100-breast (1:12.10) while Roth grabbed wins in the 50-free (25.50) and the 100-free (56.36).

Other individual winners were freshman Logan Swisher (Baltimore, Md./Towson) in the 1,000-free (11:17.56), junior Kayte Demont (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) in the 50-back (29.89), and senior Johanna Persing (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) in the 100-fly (1:04.76). In other events that were exhibitioned, sophomore Cheryl Olechnowicz (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) finished first in the 500-free (5:34.11) as did senior Maggie Mulderrig (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) in the 50-fly (28.32).

In relay action, the 400-medley squad of sophomore Cassie Close (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), Lacey, Roth, and sophomore Deirdre Purdy (Bedford, N.Y./Fox Lane) won in 4:14.29 while the 200-free team of Mulderrig, Roth, senior Susannah Ferrer (Darien, Conn./Darien), and Purdy set a pool record of 1:43.14 in an event that was exhibitioned.

For the men's team, juniors Matt Libby (Freeport, Maine/Cheverus), Roger Nawrocki (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough Regional), and Tom Everett (Timonium, Md./McDonogh School) all finished first in more than one event. Libby won the 50-free in a pool record of 21.81 while touching first in the exhibitioned 500-free (4:59.80). Nawrocki and Everett gained wins in the 50-breast (28.50) and 100-fly (55.00), respectively, while taking first in the exhibitioned 50-fly (Everett, 24.68) and 200-IM (Nawrocki, 2:04.73).

Also winning individual events were junior Drew Close (Berwyn, Pa./Haverford School) in the 1,000-free (10:31.34), freshman Sean Staerk (Abington, Pa./Abington) in the 200-free (1:49.43), junior Cam Decker (New Preston, Conn./Shepaug Valley) in the 50-back (28.50), and freshman Matt Novak (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) in the 100-free (52.21).

The men's team won the 400 medley relay, with senior Adam Taft (Wilton, Conn./Wilton), senior Brian Kaehler (Manassas, Va./Brentsville), Everett, and Libby teaming up in 3:36.56, while Close, Everett, Staerk, and Libby touched first in the exhibitioned 200-free relay in 1:28.24.

Gettysburg picks up its schedule next Saturday, when they visit Washington College at 1 p.m. in their Centennial Conference opener.

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