Mount Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving took on St. Francis Brooklyn for their senior day meet on Jan. 14. The women continued their undefeated record, winning 113-107 against the Terriers to improve to 6-0. The men also had a victorious meet, posting top swims in nine of 12 events to win 140.5-71.5, and move to 3-4 on the season.
As their last home meet, the Mountaineers honored their eight seniors: Eiann Bulatao, Roland Edge, Alex Kelly, Juliette Lacoste, Aidan McCormick, Hunter Montevideo, Bridget Vaughan and JeMoon Won. The team is grateful both for their contributions to the program and the Mount over the past four years.
Junior Maddie McGraw posted a record-breaking finish in the 100 backstroke, claiming first in the event with a time of 1:06.75. This beat her own record set in 2015 (1:06.77). McGraw also posted a first-place finish in the 50 free (28.60).
Sophomore Maggie deTar also brought in two first-place finishes for the Mountaineers. She posted a time of 1:02.06 in the 100 free and 2:14.01 in the 200 free.
The divers helped contribute the points needed to edge out the Terriers for the win. Sophomore Peyton Fuller placed first with a score of 189.80 in the 1-meter dive, followed by Junior Laci Vickery in second (158.06).
The relay squad composed of Lacoste, junior Mary Lombardi, first-year Valeria Villagran and Vaughan finished the evening with a first place victory in the 200 freestyle relay (1:56.69).
The men took gold in both relays for the evening. First-year John Mata, sophomore Will Twizell, first-year Ryan Carroll and first-year John Wilson were victorious in the 200 medley relay (1:49.05). Later on, Mata, first-year Thomas de Xavier, Twizell and sophomore Brock Cudahy posted the top finish in the 200 free relay (1:40.60).
McCormick and Cudahy brought a total of four first-place finishes. McCormick took first in the 200 IM (2:14.98) and the 100 breast (1:07.46), while Cudahy won the 100 free (53.88) and 200 free (2:00.11).
These victories were joined by Carroll, who took first in the 100 fly (59.94), and Twizell, who won the 100 back with a time of 59.08. Bulatao brought a first-place finish in the 1-meter diving with a score of 141.00.
Prior to this meet, the Mountaineers spent a week in Orlando, Fla. for their training trip. The team trained at the National Training Center in Clermont alongside other collegiate programs such as University of South Carolina and Illinois College.
Two weeks later, the team took on La Salle University on Jan. 27 in Philadelphia. Both teams fell to the Explorers, women scoring 80-106 and men 69-100. With La Salle handing the women their first loss of the season, the women are now 6-1, while the men are 3-5.
The women brought home two first-place finishes. Vaughan took first in the 500 free, clocking in at 5:32.29. The relay squad of McGraw, Lombardi, sophomore Colette Robinson and deTar brought a win in the 200 free relay with a time 1:44.04.
The Mountaineers went and took second and third place in four other events. Juniors Cassie Mann and Ashley Kegley took second and third in the 100 free, finishing with times of 59.64 and 1:10.30 respectively. Lombardi took second in the 1000 free (10:58.64), followed by sophomore Victoria Aung in third (12:43.00). McGraw and first year Gabrielle Benedictis placed second and third in the 200 back at 2:10.29 and 2:24.04 respectively, while Alyssa Felos and Lauren Gullickson also brought second and third place finishes in the 200 breast with times of 2:29.18 and 2:33.99.
Robinson also brought a second place finish in the 50 free (26.40). deTar placed third in the 400 IM (4:50.73), and first year Juliet Whitman closed out the Mount’s top finishes with third in the 200 fly (2:19.50).
The men brought back top-three finishes in two events. Senior Roland Edge took first in the 100 free (55.57), followed by sophomore Matt Wehmeyer in second (56.42) and first year Jason Dyson in third (59.75). In the 200 breast, Wilson also took home a first-place finish (2:15.09), McCormick took second (2:17.06) and first year Ian Schirra took third (2:20.73).
The Mount also had two races with swimmers finishing in second and third. In the 200 fly, sophomore Matt Hart placed second with a time of 2:10.22, followed by de Xavier in third with a time of 2:14.45. Carroll and Mata took second and third in the 200 back with times of 2:02.83 and 2:06.86 respectively.
At the end of the evening, the relay squad of Mata, Carroll, de Xavier and first year Max Blake brought a first-place finish in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:30.75.
The Mountaineers will return to the water at Loyola on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. for their final meet of the regular season.