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Fordham Seniors Conclude Careers on Last Day of Championships

by Nolan Silbernagel

Seniors Finish Careers on High Note

Swimming is unlike most sports because the average time of retirement is usually around twenty-one or twenty-two. Since it is extremely difficult and rare to make a living off of being professional swimmer, most swimmers have to give up the sport once their last day of collegiate competition ends.

It is a bittersweet time for these student-athletes as many of them are excited to be done with the sport due to the extremely intense training that comes along with the sport. A cease to weekend long meets, Saturday morning practices, and weight-lifting sessions before the sun comes up during weekdays are reasons for seniors to anticipate their last race with excitement.

However, there is a more somber side. Most of these swimmers have been swimming since a very young age, and the realization that it will be their last time to ever warm-up for a meet, dive into the cool water against competitors, and race across the pool with all of their strength, does trigger a feeling of sadness.

The Fordham Men’s Swim Team had four seniors compete at the Atlantic Ten Championships this past week: Joe Hines, Sean McManus (Captain), Pat Mulligan, and Chris Schneck (Captain). The Women’s team also had four senior swimmers at the meet: Kelly Bunster, Courtney Collyer (Captain), Giulia Kaftan (Captain), and Alex Wessel. The Women’s team also had two senior divers at the meet: Libby Dorger and Andrea Krok.

The last night of championships started off in tradition as all of the seniors from Fordham and the other ten teams received their moment of glory by having their names individually called out and proceeded to march around the pool deck until everyone was called. It was a touching sight to see these student-athletes wear their team uniforms and donned their school colors for the last time.

Never again will these seniors compete in a swimming and diving meet, feel the adrenaline rush that comes before a big race, hear their name over the loudspeaker, or be a part of a close family that only a swim and dive team establishes. However, all of these student-athletes have countless memories of swimming that will last them for the rest of their lives.

Fordham Facts:
• No distance was too great for sophomore Kara Field as she placed third in the mile with a 17:01.78.
• Freshman Andrew Hendrickson also had a great mile race as he got eighth with a 16:01.73.
• Junior Brie Ryan was able to have a wonderful 200 backstroke race and placed second in the event with a 1:57.72.
• Sophomore Michael Grimmet-Norris concluded his 2012 Atlantic Ten championships by grabbing eighth in the 200 backstroke in 1:51.41. His teammate, junior Thmoas Yi, had a great race and won the “B” Final with a 1:50.34.
• Junior Devon Morris continued to light up the pool as the dominant sprinter placed second in the 100 yard freestyle with a new school record of 44.89.
• In the 200 yard breaststroke, sophomore Ben Dwyer took fifth place with a 2:03.28 and narrowly missed the school record set by his former teammate, Matt Grabiak, last year.
• Senior Courtney Collyer finished her Atlantic Ten career by going undefeated in the 200 butterfly. Collyer won this event all four years, and broke her Conference record set her freshman year, by going 1:59.42.
• On the guys side, Shintaro Noguchi almost took down the defending champion, Michael Zennedjian of Xavier, in this event. Noguchi settled for second with an impressive 1:49.30. Freshman Kevin Kosciuk took fifth in 1:52.14. Senior Chris Schneck finished his swimming career by grabbing sixteenth in 1:55.78.
• In the Women’s 3 Meter Diver, senior Andrea Krok made her last day of competing count by placing third with 245.95 points. Junior Brittany Salas took sixth with 238.35 points.
• The Women’s 400 freestyle relay concluded championships by placing second in 3:23.70; the men grabbed sixth with a 3:02.79.
• The Women’s Team results were: Richmond (751), Fordham (557), La Salle (476), UMASS (434), URI (257), Duquesne (256), St. Bonaventure (249.5), Xavier (245), George Washington (233.5), and St. Louis (174).
• The Men’s team Results were: UMASS (693), St. Bonaventure (567), Xavier (522), La Salle (417), Fordham (412), George Washington (401), and St. Louis (342).


Potsklan Day 4 Krok on Diving Schneck on Impact on Fordham Collyer on 200 Fly Morris on 100 Free Kaftan on Swimming Career