By Kristie Kahl
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams set two Rider records this past weekend while the men came in sixth of seven teams and the women took eighth of eleven at the “Big Al” Invitational.
Junior Priscilla Modrov set Rider records in the 100 and 200 fly as sophomore Kellyanne Tomasule set a record in the 100 back.
Modrov was sixth in the 200 fly with a record breaking time of 2:03.20, less than one second away from the NCAA consideration cut time. Her other record was set with a time of 56.58 for the 100 fly.
Tomasula broke the 100 back record with a time of 56.89.
Also for the women’s team, sophomore Lovette Leonhard placed 21st in the 1650 free.
In the women’s 400 free relay of Modrov, senior Stephanie Cosentino, freshman Alicia Fimple and sophomore Kellyanne Tomasula placed 13th with a time of 3:34.84.
“I was very pleased with everyone’s performance this weekend,” said Head Coach Steve Fletcher to Rider Sports Information. “We had improved performances from every athlete on the team and we stood together as a team in a tough environment.”
As for the men, freshman Drew Modrov placed 11th in the 100 free, and freshman Ryan Nelthropp was 14th in the 200 fly, with freshman Dave Farfan following close behind in 15th place.
Freshman Mike Tubb claimed 15th in the 200 breast to close out the rookies’ achievements for the weekend.
“The freshmen are developing at a fast pace,” Fletcher said to Rider Sports Information. “It looks like they are on track for a very successful second semester.”
Also for the men, senior Peter Starr was 18th in the 200 back with senior Matt Bauer placing 20th in the 200 breast.
Adding to the men’s tally, the men’s 400 free relay of sophomore Scott Player, Modrov, Starr and Nelthropp placed ninth with a time of 3:11.09.
The top performance belonged to junior diver Amanda Burke, who took first place in the one-meter dive.
“Amanda defeated a diver that went to NCAA’s last year,” Fletcher said to Rider Sports Information. “Her performance will give her a lot of confidence going into the dual meets in January and for the rest of the season.”
The invitational included Rider, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Washington State and the host, Princeton.
“We swim in this type of meet, this type of environment to develop faster athletes,” Fletcher said to Rider Sports Information. “You have to balance the mental aspect of maybe getting beat by some stronger swimmers and by doing that, you develop a mental toughness to see what you have to do to swim faster and close that gap and we did that this weekend.”
After a trip to Florida for winter break, the Broncs will host MAAC rival Loyola on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.