On Thursday, Jan. 28, the Tribe swimming and diving team took on the Richmond Spiders. Despite a solid effort and commendable individual performances, the women fell 19 points short of a non-conference victory with a score of 157.5 to 136.5. With a solid record of 6-1 in the CAA, this unexpected loss leaves the Tribe with an overall record of 8-5. On the other hand, the Richmond Spiders improve to 1-4.
Despite the loss, individual swimmers were successful in their events. Junior Marnie Rognlien won first in the 100 free and second in the 50 free. Swimming with fellow student athletes Megan Sculley, Sara Fitzsimmons and Kristi Borkowski, Rognlien helped pull in a first place finish in the 200 free relay.
Other athletes found success in the free events, including Paige Capro, whose late sprint in the 1650 free event won her a second place finish. Capro also led a College sweep of first, second and third place in the 400 individual medley.
Freestyle wasn’t the Tribe’s only successful stroke--Meredith David shined in the 100 backstroke with a one-hundredth of a second win over her opponent. Her first place finish in the 100 back accompanied her third place finish in the 200 back as well as a runner-up victory in the 200 medley relay with Rognlien, Kelly Reitz and Whitney Pezza.
Pezza and Reitz added to their relay victory with Pezza’s second place finishes in the 100 and 200 fly events and Reitz’s second and third place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast events, respectively. As past CAA champion, Reitz set the standards high for freshmen such as Marina Falcone, whose confidence and determination pushed her to a 2nd place finish in the 200 free and an easy first place in the 500 free.
With her continual competitive spirit, Laura Hodulik maintained her senior year success for Tribe diving. Her cumulative 222.22 points won her a first place finish in the one-meter dive and a third place finish in the three-meter board.
The College’s regular season comes to an end on Feb. 4, 2006 with a slew of conference competition.