Wheaton Lyons Swimming Sweeps Brandeis

Photo Courtesy: Hayley Good

WALTHAM, Massachusetts, October 19. The Wheaton Lyons swim team swept Brandeis University Saturday with wins in the men’s (151.5-136.5) and women’s (191-94) meets.

Wheaton Press Release

The Wheaton College men’s swimming and diving team opened up its 2014-15 season with a 151.5-136.5 victory over Brandeis University on Saturday afternoon on the road.

The Lyons fashioned nine first place finishes en route to its third-straight win to start the season against the Judges. Wheaton defeated Brandeis 183-75 during the 2013-14 season and 163-120 in the 2012-13 campaign.

Wheaton began the meet with a first place finish in the 200-medley relay as sophomores Frederick Garneau (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and Samuel Zarfos (Waterville, Maine/Waterville Senior) and first-years Jonathan Dunnett (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) and James Horne (Portsmouth, N.H./Berwick Academy) combined for a time of 1:41.81.

Garneau went on to claim first place finishes in the 100-back (56.50) and the 200-back (2:02.27), while Zarfos touched first in the 100-breast with a time of 1:04.06. Classmate Todd Lambert (Mansfield, Conn./E.O. Smith) was second in the event in 1:05.60.

Dunnett took top honors in the 200-IM with a time of 2:05.89, second place in the 100-fly (55.57) and third place in the 200-fly (2:07.01). Horne ranked second in the 50-free (22.69), third in the 100-free (51.30) and also helped the Lyons’ 400-free relay to a first place finish in 3:20.81 along with teammates Ross Johnston (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island), Nick Fredette (Stoneham, Mass./Stoneham) and Richard Jenkins (Bow, N.H./Bow).

Fredette produced a first place finish in the 200-breast (2:20.78), a runner-up showing in the 200-free with a time of 1:51.44 and a fourth place finish in the 50-free (23.95).

On the diving boards, senior Ben Oliveri (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) won the one-meter dive with a score of 164.85 points and the three-meter dive with a score of 269.35. Sophomore Richard Davies (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) finished second in both events with scores of 149.70 and 237.90, respectively.

Wheaton returns to action next Saturday at the Charlie Batterman Relays on the campus of MIT at noon.

The Wheaton College women’s swimming & diving team produced a 191-94 victory over Brandeis University on Saturday afternoon, on the road, to begin its 2014-15 campaign.

The Lyons opened up the dual meet by taking both first and second place in the 200-medley relay. Wheaton’s ‘A’ relay team consisting of Kelley Baylis (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), Courtney Leach (Gilford, N.H./Gilford), Aleza Epstein (Amherst, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and Charlotte Pitts (North Woodstock, N.H./Kimball Union Academy) combined for a first place time of 1:56.02, while the ‘B’ relay team of Skyler Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill), Caroline Magnavita (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), Cara Morris (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) and Kelsey Meyer (Malvern, Pa./Conestoga) came in second place with a time of 1:57.04.

Leach went on to win the 100-breast in 1:12.81 and also placed second in the 200-IM with a time of 2:22.64. Magnavita was second in the 100-breast (1:14.34) and first overall in the 200-breast (2:40.41). First-year Emily Reynolds (Oradell, N.J./River Dell) finished second in the 200-breast, while junior Merrill McCluskey (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) touched third in 2:47.87.

In the 200-back, Rebecca Idman (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) took first place in 2:19.55, Dean-Lee ranked second (2:21.65) and first-year Joanna Zak (Clifton, N.J./Montclair Kimberley Academy) placed third in 2:21.84.

Junior Ceara Bowman (Centerville, Mass./Portsmouth Abbey) touched first in the 1,000-free with a time of 11:47.96, while Pitts placed first in the 100-free (57.14) and second in the 200-fly (2:22.11).

Epstein registered a first place finish in the 50-free (26.06) just beating Meyer who came in at 26.09 and a second place finish in the 200-free with a time of 2:03.81.

First-year Jenna Hayden (South Berwick, Maine/Berwick Academy) ranked first overall in the 100-back with a time of 1:02.66, while Baylis was second in 1:03.19, and also notched a first place effort in the 100-fly in 1:01.58.

Classmate Lucy Frey (Andover, Mass./Phillips Andover) was second in the 500-free with a time of 5:47.10. Morris also placed third in the 100-free (58.99) and 100-fly (1:05.99).

On the diving boards, junior Sydney Gillis (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) ranked first in the one-meter event (167.70) and the three-meter event (236.55). First-year Tori Popstein (Port Jervis, N.Y./Minisink Valley) ranked second in each event with scores of 141.45 and 190.25, respectively.

Wheaton returns to action next Saturday at the Charlie Batterman Relays on the campus of MIT at noon.

Brandeis Press Release

The Brandeis University swimming and diving teams open the 2014-15 campaign today against the Wheaton College Lyons. The Judges had 10 individual race wins on the afternoon, but Wheaton captured both head-to-head dual meets. Brandeis lost 151.5 to 136.5 on the men’s side, while the women fell, 191-94.

The 15-point difference in the men’s meet came down to diving. With both Brandeis and Wheaton winning seven of the 14 swimming events, the Lyons outpointed the Judges 26-0 in the two diving events.

The Judges had three individuals combine for their seven wins. Six races were captured by Brandeis’s two co-captains.

Senior Max Fabian (Keene, N.H./Oak Meadow) had his usual outstanding performance in the distance freestyle events. In the 1,000, Fabian was a 27-second winner over rookie teammate Taku Harada (Henrico, Va. / Mills E. Godwin) with a time of 10:13.36. In his other two wins in the 500 free and the 200 butterfly, Fabian defeated another newcomer, Zach Diamond (Staten Island, N.Y. / Staten Island Academy). Fabian was three seconds faster in the 500 ( 4:58.93 to 5:01.15) and less than two seconds ahead in the fly (2:02.99 to 2:04.88).

Junior Brian Luk (Hong Kong / Northfield Mount Hermon) took the two freestyle sprints over Wheaton foes. He swam 22.42 seconds in the 50 for a 0.27-second win and 48.40 in the 100 to win by 2.66 seconds. Luk also won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.71 seconds, with a margin of victory of 0.86 seconds.

Brandeis’s final win came in the 200 freestyle, where rookie Cameron Braz (Monson, Mass./Monson) helped the Judges sweep the free events with a 0.30-second victory and time of 1:51.14. Braz was also second to Luk in the 100.

Brandeis returns to action next weekend for the University of Rochester Invitational.

Results: Wheaton vs. Brandeis