By Shariq Marshall
After its season-opening win against UMBC last week, the men’s swimming and diving team ranked 20th in the nation among mid-major schools and 44th overall in NCAA Division I.
Sophomore Zach Molloy, who won four events in the opening meet against UMBC and broke three pool records, was named MAAC Swimmer of the Week.
Freshman diver Joseph Warker was honored as MAAC Diver of the Week. In his first collegiate meet, he won the one-meter dive (272.85) and he placed second in the three-meter dive (276.75).
Warker acknowledged that it was nice to receive the personal award, but he credited his team.
“It felt great to have my first meet go well,” Warker said. “And it was even better when I found out that I was Diver of the Week. The team has been working really hard since the season started, and it has paid off. The UMBC meet was definitely what we needed to jump-start our season and has made us work even harder for future meets.”
On Oct. 16, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams came out victorious in their first conference meet against Fairfield. The men’s team (2-0) won 180-110, and the women’s team (1-1) won 160-132.
For the Rider men, senior Wayco Bailey won the three-meter dive with a score of 296.85 and officially qualified for the A-Zone Diving Championships by winning the one-meter dive with a score of 318.37.
The relay team of Molloy, junior Ian Flynn, senior Adam Phillips and junior Matthan Martir won the 200 medley. Molloy also won the 100 back (52.13). Martir won the 50 free (21.30), and freshman Carter Paules won the 100 breast (58.01) as well as the 200 breast (2:09.64).
Also for the men, junior William Molloy won the 200 free (1:45.35) and the 100 free (47.20). Junior Sam Cramer won the 1,000 free (9:58.90) and freshman Lucas Musselman won the 200 back with a time of 1:55.09.
The women’s team, which lost its first meet to UMBC, pulled off the win against Fairfield.
Freshman Taylor Stalnaker won the 100 back (1:00.32) as well as the 200 back with a time of 2:11.92. Junior Ariana Palmer won the 50 free with a time of 25.33. Freshman Leeanna Cass won the 200 free (2:00.75) and the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.67. Senior Taylor Shelley won the 1,000 free with a time of 11:22.77.
Also for the women, freshman Olivia Cann won the one-meter dive, sophomore Tara Maniace won the 100 breast in 1:09.48 and the sophomore Julianna Runk won the 200 breast with a time of 2:33.97.
The men and women will compete against Lehigh at home on Oct. 24.