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Fordham Freshman Make Mark at Championship Meet

by Nolan Silbernagel

A change into new college environment doesn't stop these swimmers

Freshman year is the hardest year that a student-athlete will experience, especially in swimming. Not only is the athlete living on their own for the first time, adjusting to a completely different social and academic schedule, and having to make new relationships all over again, but they also have to deal with a training regimen that is completely different from the one back home. Swimmers usually train with one team throughout their entire life and get used to that type of coaching and workload; coming to a Division I university will almost certainly change that feeling of familiarity and may take time to getting used to.

It seems like the freshmen on the Fordham swim team, however, are already caught up to speed in their new environment.

Friday night was a huge night for many of the Fordham freshmen swimmers at the Atlantic Ten Championships in Buffalo, NY. Frances Warren started the night off right by competing in the “A” Final of the 400 yard Individual Medley and placing seventh with a 4:32.67. The freshmen male duo of Zachary Jacobsen (4:03.78, tenth) and Kevin Kosciuk (4:02.05, fifth) also did very well in the 400 yard Individual Medley. Kosciuk also recorded the team’s best time of the season in this event in prelims, swimming to a 4:00.07.

Freshmen teammates Miranda Morton (57.09) and Aurelia O’Keefe (56.90) placed fourteenth and twelve, respectively, in the 100 yard Butterfly. Pat Militti continued his impressive first year by recording thirteenth in a 50.53 in the 100 yard Butterfly. Militti was also on the conference winning and school record setting 200 yard Freestyle Relay.

In the 100 yard Breaststroke, freshman Savannah Coe was the only Lady Ram to make it back to Finals and placed eleventh with a team best 1:06.91. Arianna Peschke finished up the freshmen’s fine night by placing tenth in the 100 yard Backstroke with a 57.09.

Finally, even though he did not compete tonight, freshman Andrew Hendrickson should not be left out of this discussion as the distance swimmer swam to a team best 4:36.02 in the 500 yard Freestyle on Thursday night. Hendrickson placed eleventh in the event.

Even though it might be their first year in college, these young swimmers are showing they can compete in the tough Atlantic Ten Conference.

Not to be Outdone by the Rookies…

• Sophomore Michael Grimmett-Norris took eighth in the 400 yard Individual Medley with a 4:08.25.
• Senior Courtney Collyer continued her excellent run at her final championships as she won the 100 yard Butterfly in a school record of 54.32.
• Sophomore Shintaro Noguchi won his first career individual event at the A-Ten Championships by touching the wall first in the 100 yard Butterfly. Noguchi recorded a 48.86, a new school record.
• The 200 yard Freestyle featured a trio of Lady Rams as junior Alana Biagioli (1:52.59), sophomore Kara Field (1:52.43), and junior Alex Wessel (1:51.32) finished twelve, eighth, and sixth, respectively.
• Sophomore Nick Belfanti took fourteenth in the 200 yard freestyle with a 1:42.44
• Sophomore Ben Dwyer broke the school record in the 100 yard Breaststroke with a time of 56.98. The fifteen-year-old record was held by Sean Burke. Dwyer placed fifth in the event and senior captain Sean McManus took fourteenth in a 59.02.
• Junior Brie Ryan took second in the 100 yard Backstroke with a blazing fast time of 53.88.
• Thomas Yi, a junior, snagged twelfth in the 100 yard Backstroke with a season best time of 51.60.
• Ryan was not done with the night, however, as her lead-off backstroke leg of 52.88 in the 400 Medley Relay was good enough to break her own school record and might qualify her for the NCAA Championships. The relay took second with a 3:44.27
• The men’s 400 Medley Relay just missed the school record by .07 and went 3:21.75, grabbing fourth place. Good news is that no one will be lost to graduation from this relay squad.


Coach Steve Potsklan Day 3 Collyer on 100 Fly Title Warren Reflects on 400 IM Kosciuk on 400 IM Grimmet-Norris on First A Final Noguchi on Title