By Maria Eldridge
The swim and dive team went to Marist last Saturday with both the men and women looking for their first win of the season. One team got what it wanted while the other was left disappointed.
In the first conference meet of the year, only the men were victorious over Marist, winning 151-149. The women’s 128-168 loss has done little damage to the team’s overall attitude for the upcoming season.
“The next few meets are going to be tough,” said senior Ryan Nelthropp. “We always try to face good competition that will prepare us for our MAAC Championships in February.”
Women’s event winners included senior diver Aisley Carter, who won the three-meter dive (216.75) and the one-meter dive (202.42), as well as senior Briana Burns, who won the 100 free (53.49) and the 200 free (1:54.96). Despite the women’s tough defeat, the men were able to snag a close two-point win.
“Helping the team win was huge because Marist has been our rival for a long time,” said Nelthropp, who contributed two wins in the 200 fly (1:59.28) and the 200 IM (1:58.95).
For the men, sophomore Johnny Funk claimed three event wins, including the 100 free (48.36), the 100 back (52.25) and the 100 fly (51.95), while sophomore Brian Molloy won the 500 free (4:51.10). Senior Arthur Arciszewski won the 1,000 free (10:01.86), sophomore Jeremy Chaudet won the 100 breast (101.08) and sophomore Julien Hensen won the 200 breast (2:14.07).
“Any contribution is always a positive, especially when the meet is that close,” Funk said. “It definitely feels good to clinch a win no matter where we are in the season.”
Three meets in, the men’s overall record is 1-2; the women are 0-3. Though every competition is important, the main focus is training and adjusting to improve in time for the MAAC Championships, according to Funk.
“Throughout our season so far, the men’s team has done a pretty good job at staying committed to training and making the right decisions, but we can improve,” said Funk.
The meet against Marist was one of challenging match-ups Rider will see this month. The Broncs will compete against Lehigh (M: 4-0/ W: 2-1), La Salle and Delaware (M: 2-0/ W: 3-0) in the coming weeks.
“We are going to have to race well and motivate each other to step up to the challenge,” said Nelthropp. “In order to keep winning meets everyone on the team needs to be mentally strong and continue to train harder and smarter.”
Head coach Steve Fletcher and the Broncs will host Lehigh on Saturday at 1 p.m.