KINGS POINT, New York, November 28. THE U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's swimming team opened their dual meet season with a 155-73 win over Skyline Conference foe, Maritime, Monday evening in O'Hara Pool. The Mariner men finished first in every event, sweeping the Maritime Privateers, who finished third overall at the Nov. 18 Skyline Conference Championships. The meet was held in conjunction with a Purchase College, Maritime and USMMA tri-meet on the women's side. In that meet, the Mariners defeated Purchase 78-33; and Maritime 94-13; while Purchase defeated Maritime 78-20.
For the men, USMMA had two double event winners as well as some cross over winners in the relay events.
"We moved a lot of people around into different events tonight," remarked Mariner head coach Sean Tedesco. "I was pleased with how well they swam."
Senior Will Ansell finished first in both the 100-yard breaststroke event and the 50-yard freestyle. His times were 1:05.36 and 22.35 respectively.
Ansell also competed as the second leg of the first place, 200-medley relay team; along with Jay Carpenter, Scott Pearson and Jesse Bowser. The Mariner squad finished with a time of 1:41.69.
Carpenter, the lead swimmer in the relay also swam as part of the 200-yard freestyle relay, who finished with a time of 1:30.83. Carpenter was accompanied again by Pearson, a sophomore, and freshmen Scott Heilman and Stephen Ingvolstad.
Individually, Carpenter also placed first in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:59.92.
In addition to helping win both relay events, Pearson also finished first individually in the 100-yard backstroke event with a time of 55.79.
Another double-event winner for the Mariner men was sophomore David Scarberry. Scarberry finished first in both the 1,000-yard freestyle event with a time of 10:47.88 and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.90.
"The women performed nicely tonight," remarked head coach Sean Tedesco. "It is always nice to start the season 2-0."
For the women, two swimmers and one diver were double event winners. Freshman Gina Gottschalk, the 2006-07 Skyline Rookie of the Year, finished first in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races, with times of 2:17.45 and 6:30.9 respectively.
Morgan Evans also finished first in two races. With a time of 2:26.15, Evans finished nine seconds ahead of Purchase College's Kimberly Garrett in the 200-yard IM. She also finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.83.
Evans also led the first place 200-yard Medley Relay team with a 32.11 split time. The squad of Evans, Cassandra Shadwick, Meaghan Foster and Danielle Vignocchi finished with a time of 2:11.46.
Skyline Diver of they Year, Sarah Christensen, also had a two-win performance for the outing. Christensen dominated the competition and finished first in both diving events with a score of 177.9 off the 1-meter board and 192.9 off the 3-meter board.