Men and women finish fifth at ‘Big Al’ Open

By Josh Veltrie

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both finished fifth in the Princeton Big Al Open this past weekend.

The Broncs stayed consistent throughout the three-day event, finishing fifth out of eight teams after each day.

For the women on the third and final day, sophomore Addie Oswald finished fifth in the 200 back (2:03.80), freshman Melanie Leonhard finished sixth in the 1,650 free (17:14.27) and senior Brianna Burns placed seventh in the 100 free (51.88).

Some other swimmers who did well for the women are sophomore Kelly O’Connor, who finished 12th in the 200 back (2:04.75), and freshman Danielle Warwick, who competed in the 200 back and finished 14th (2:07.29).

Princeton won the event for the women easily with 1,190 points. Florida, which finished second, finished with 880. Washington State and Brown finished third and fourth, respectively, while Rutgers, Drexel and Columbia trailed Rider in the eight team field.

“This was a great meet for everyone on both the men’s and women’s sides,” said senior Aisley Carter. “We had a lot of our swimmers have their personal best times.”

For the Rider men on the third day, seniors Arthur Arciszewski and Ryan Nelthropp led the Broncs as they both finished sixth in the 1,650 free (16:06.43) and 200 fly (1:53.43), respectively. Sophomore Johnny Funk also had a strong outing as he finished seventh in the 200 back (1:53.61). Sophomore Jeremy Chaudet also had a top 10 as he placed 10th in the 200 breast (2:09.44).

Princeton also won the event on the men’s side by a landslide, finishing with 1,256 points while second place Florida had 883.5. Columbia and Brown finished just ahead of Rider with third and fourth place finishes, respectively.

The top finisher for the women over the first two days of the event was Burns, who grabbed sixth and eighth place in the 200 free (1:51.38) and 50 free (24.12), respectively. Senior Alicia Fimple also finished sixth in the 400 IM (4:32.85), while Carter finished ninth in the three-meter dive (226.15).

“We saw some of the top-notch teams on the diving side, which was a new and great experience for us,” Carter said.

For the men in the first two days, sophomore Brian Molloy finished sixth in the 500 free (4:36.17) and junior Brendan Cavallaro placed ninth in the one-meter dive (246.55). Funk and Chaudet were sixth (4:06.56) and ninth (58.84), respectively, with Funk competing in the 400 IM and Chaudet in the 100 breast.

The swimming and diving team has a long layoff now. Rider’s next meet isn’t until Jan. 15 in Baltimore, Md., against Loyola (MD) and Boston College.

“We’re really excited for our annual Florida training trip and, until then, we’re getting ready for Loyola (MD) in January,” Carter said.

Senior Arthur Arciszewski led the men’s swimmers finishing sixth in the 1,650 yard freestyle at the Big Al Open last weekend.
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