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Swim cruises past University of Rochester, falls to Siena

By Maggie Tifft, Contributor

The Griffs swim and dive team traveled to Rochester, New York this past Saturday and dominated the University of Rochester, while the women’s team was defeated by MAAC competitor Siena.

The men’s team topped the University of Rochester by a score of 167–120, while also breaking numerous pool and personal records throughout the meet. Freshman Marin de Villard had a record day for the Griffs, taking home first place in four different races: among them were the 200m free relay, accompanied by three of his fellow teammates, and the 200m back, in which he set a pool record of 1:52.50.

Other races where Griffs came on top included the 200m medley relay, the 100m breast, 200m breast, the 100m fly and the 200m fly. A Griffs sweep in the 100m breast by sophomore Sam Vidal, sophomore Eric Kim and senior Jeremy Cox helped push the Griffs over the edge to take the meet from the Yellowjackets.

The women’s team had a great day as well, taking first, second and third in the 200m back, which gave the Griffs a major boost. However, the Saints' strong presence in the diving portion allowed them to pull ahead of the Golden Griffins.

Freshmen Evie Leighton and Cassandra Ercoli both found success throughout the meet. Leighton won another race to her name in the 200m free, and Ercoli won the 100m breast, dubbing her first victory as a Griff. The veteran captain, Jordan O’Connor, continued her senior campaign, adding a first place win in the 100m back to her name.

Even with the numerous first place finishes and sweeps by the women’s team, the meet resulted in a second place finish for the Golden Griffins, with a score of 177–111 against Siena.

Although the Saints won the tri-meet in total, the Griffs still defeated the Yellowjackets by a score of 173–120.

The Griffs' next contest will be against the Geneseo Knights in Buffalo at the Burt Flickinger Center on Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning at noon.

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