Many Cavalier swimmers notched season and personal bests, but it was not enough to defeat Ursinus College in the dual meet. The women lost 119-68 while the men were defeated 125-56.
Freshman Christina Melchiorre added to her impressive resume as she nearly broke the 500-yard freestyle record, a record that has been held for six years. Melchiorre reached the wall in 5:33.23 which was just 0.2 seconds off the mark. She also placed third in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:04.19
Junior Morgan Griffith finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke while senior Courtney Good finished right behind her in third place. Freshman Bella Badolato finished third in the 200-yard individual medley.
The group of seniors Courtney Good, Breaghann Smith, junior Morgan Griffith and Melchiorre finished the meet for the women on a strong note. The quartet set a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle race. Their time of 1:45.77 broke the previous school record by 1.37 seconds.
Junior Evan Strickland led the men’s team with his first victory of the season in the 100-yard butterfly. His time of 55.12 was just 0.1 second behind the best Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference time. Freshman Hassan David Goines Jr. placed second in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events.
Freshman Todd Walker placed third in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke. Walker had also been named this past week’s AMCC Swimmer of the Week. Sophomore Chris Ryan and senior Tim McCann placed third in the 200-yard individual medley and the 1,650-yard freestyle respectively.
The Cavaliers are slated to return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they travel to Swarthmore College. The action is set to begin at 2 p.m.