Red Devil Women Claim Key Events to Top Garnet
(Swarthmore, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's swim team capitalized on its strengths to slip past host Swarthmore, 104-101, on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devil men came up short against the Garnet, falling, 111-94.
The Red Devil women dominated the distance events, capturing the top three spots in the 500 and 1000 yard freestyle events. Sophomore Caroline Brennan (Madison, N.J./Madison) led the way in both races, touching the wall in 5:20.16 to capture the 500, and in 10:57.70 to claim the 1000. She added a second place finish in the 200 butterfly as well, clocking a time of 2:16.94.
Sophomores Carla Vazquez-Ramos (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) and Nora Snee (Fall Church, Va./JEB Stuart) finished second and third in the 1000 with times of 11:12.79 and 11:16.88, respectively. Snee also placed third in the 500 (5:34.90), finishing just behind Brennan and junior Carson Gannon (Morristown, N.J./Morristown Beard), who clocked a time of 5:22.80.
Caitlin Klockner (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough Regional) posted a pair of second place finishes in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle with times of 54.63 and 1:59.01, respectively. Gannon came in at 2:00.14 seconds to claim third in the 200. Klockner and Gannon swam the first two legs of the 400 free relay, leading the Devils to a key scoring second place finish. Dickinson captured second and third, in both the 400 medley and 400 free relays.
The Red Devils swept the 200 backstroke with a one-two-three showing as well. Junior Natalie LeBlanc (Westport, Conn./Staples) led the way with a time of 2:18.64, followed by Maky Sullivan (South Hadley, Mass./Holyoke Catholic) (2:23.56) and Katie Nirenberg (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) with a time of 2:24.89.
LeBlanc placed third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:19.82. Sophomore Alex Melchiorre (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace) won the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:18.69, and joined the second place 400 medley relay.
Sophomore Johanna Flemming (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) anchored the second place medley and joined the second place free relay, scoring key points for the Red Devils. First-year Clara Russell (Oakdale, N.Y./Connetquot) anchored the free relay to second place, and also finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.83.
The Red Devil women finish the regular season, 9-5 overall and 5-2 in the Centennial Conference. They will next compete at the Centennial Conference Championships at Franklin & Marshall in two weeks.