Mount Swimming & Diving finished the semester at the Loyola H2ounds Invitational, held Dec. 1-2 in the Mangione Family Aquatic Center. Competition included Loyola University Maryland, Iona College, St. Peter’s University and Marist College. The women’s team walked away with fourth place overall (479 points), while the men came away in fifth (380.5).
On Friday night, the Mount women posted three top-20 individual finishes. Junior Maddie McGraw took ninth in the 200 IM, clocking in at 2:13.78. In the 500 free, junior Mary Lombardi placed 13th (5:14.27). Sophomore Maggie deTar posted a 16th place finish in the 50 free with a time of 25.83.
The squad of McGraw, junior Alyssa Felos, first year Juliet Whitman and deTar brought a fifth place finish in the 400 medley relay, posting a time of 3:59.90. At the end of the evening, the senior trio of Juliette Lacoste, Bridget Vaughan and Jemoon Won, as well as Whitman, placed seventh in the 800 free relay (8:15.28).
The men also closed out Friday night with three top-20 individual races. Sophomore Will Twizell placed second in the 200 IM, clocking in at 1:52.89. First year Nick Starvaggi brought a 16th place finish in the 500 free (4:53.64), while first year John Mata placed 17th in the 50 free (22.45).
The relay squad of Mata, Twizell, first year Thomas deXavier and sophomore Brock Cudahy posted a sixth-place finish in the 400 medley relay, touching the wall at 3:29.47. First years Ethan Pham, Ryan Carroll and John Wilson, as well as Twizell, took eighth in the 800 free relay, finishing with a time of 7:19.08.
On Saturday, McGraw brought the Mount’s top finish, placing second in the 100 backstroke (58.37). Lombardi followed McGraw in ninth with a time of 1:01.33. McGraw and Lombardi went on to place fifth and eighth in the 200 backstroke respectively, clocking in at 2:09.00 and 2:10.29.
Felos brought a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.60) as well as the 200 (2:28.67). Junior Lauren Gullickson shared in the Mount’s breaststroke success, placing ninth in the 100 (1:09.68) and sixth in the 200 (2:31.40). Lacoste also posted an eighth place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:32.28.
Vaughan took 10th in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.78. Sophomore Peyton Fuller posted the Mount’s top 1-meter diving finish, placing eighth with a score of 163.05. Fuller was followed by junior Laci Vickery (149.10) and sophomore Laura Kingham (140.00).
The women brought home fifth-place finishes in two relays. McGraw, Gullickson, first year Valeria Villagran and deTar made up the 200 medley squad, clocking in at 1:52.27. In the 400 free relay, McGraw, Vaughan, deTar and Lombardi finished with a time of 3:42.74. McGraw, Villagran, Lombardi and deTar also posted a sixth-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:41.64).
The Mount men had a strong showing in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday. Twizell brought a third place finish (55.77), followed by senior Aidan McCormick in fifth (58.13), Wilson in eighth (59.15) and Cudahy in ninth (59.59).
Twizell also posted a fourth place finish in the 200 fly, clocking in at 1:53.70. Starvaggi took seventh in the mile (1650 free), finishing with a time of 16:57.69.
Wilson walked away with seventh in the 200 breast (2:09.17), followed by Cudahy in 12th (2:10.37) and McCormick in 14th (2:11.35). Junior Eiann Bulatao took sixth in the 1-meter diving competition, posting a final score of 142.65.
In the 200 medley relay, the squad of Mata, Twizell, deXavier and Cudahy brought back a fourth place finish, clocking in at 1:33.63.
The Mountaineers will head to Orlando in January for their annual training trip. The team will be back in the water for senior day at home on Jan. 14 against St. Francis Brooklyn.