Fordham Swimming and Diving Team’s Gear Up For Championships
After months of brutal training, which consisted of 6:00 am practices and 3 and a half hour practices on Saturdays, the Fordham Men and Women Swim Teams are ready to see the fruits of their labor this weekend at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships hosted in Buffalo, NY.
The women are looking to regain their 2010 championship form after falling to Richmond last year. The Lady Rams will be led by junior Brie Ryan and senior captain Courtney Collyer. Ryan is the defending champion in the 200 yard backstroke and will look to not only protect her title in this event, but the Atlantic 10 Conference record she set last year, as well. Ryan is the top ranked swimmer in this event along with the 100 yard backstroke.
Collyer is another standout swimmer who will not only be defending her 200 butterfly title but will be trying to better her own record in this event, which she set in 2009. Collyer is ranked second in the 100 yard butterfly and in the 200 yard Individual medley.
The Fordham Women divers should also be great contributors as seniors Andrea Krok and Libby Dorger are ranked first and fifth respectively in the 1 meter dive. Junior Brittany Salas also ranks in the top eight in this event. This group is even better in the 3 meter dive, however, as Krok and Dorger are ranked first and second respectively with Salas rounding out the top 5.
The Fordham Men are looking to compete with powerhouses UMass and St. Bonaventure’s who have owned the conference for the past decade. The men will be led by sophomore sensation Shintaro Noguchi who is ranked second in both the 100 and 200 yard butterfly events. He is also ranked seventh in the 200 yard Individual Medley.
Quick junior Devon Morris is expected to anchor Fordham’s relays and is seeded high in his individual events as well. Morris is ranked fourth in the 100 yard freestyle and fifth in the 50 yard freestyle. He is also ranked thirteenth in the 100 yard butterfly.
Speaking of those relays, the Fordham Men could make some noise and compete for a title in the 200 yard freestyle relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay. The Rams are ranked third in the 200 yard freestyle relay but are only .67 seconds away from top seed La Salle and are the top ranked squad in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Regardless of which school wins the team title, these student-athletes should expect to see some impressive swims and exceptional diving.