Men’s, women’s swim teams return to pool after break from competition

Philip Graeter, swimming
Junior Philip Graeter swims his leg of the butterfly relay during a dual meet against Bucknell in the Smith Center pool last year. | Hatchet File Photo

The men’s and women’s swim teams returned to the pool this weekend at the Rhode Island Invitational, finishing in second of three teams and fourth of four teams, respectively, after a month-long break from competition.

Leading the men’s squad was junior Niklas Glenesk, who finished with three victories in the 200-, 500-, and 1,000-yard freestyles to help the Colonials post 464 team points. Glenesk was named the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week for his showing at the invitational, claiming victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:48.06 and edging out the runner-up by a margin of 7.21 seconds.

Junior Phillip Graeter grabbed two first-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley, winning by 0.24 seconds in the 400. Graeter also placed second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:55.44. He also helped lead the Colonials to a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, joined by teammates Glenesk, senior Marshall Seedorff and junior Luke Quimby.

Taking on Rhode Island, La Salle, and Massachusetts, the women’s swimming team finished in fourth place with 314 team points. While the women’s team earned 18 top-five finishes, sophomore Caroline Myers had a standout showing, swimming her way to three first-place finishes. Myers tallied wins in the 500-free, 1,000-free and the 400-yard individual medley.

Freshman Janica Lee grabbed two second-place finishes in the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke, while fellow freshman Morgan Zebley came in second in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.95 seconds.

Lee and Zebley also lead the 200-yard medley relay team with sophomores Lindsay Moore and Melissa Fernandez to a second-place finish with a time of 1:52.41.

The Colonials will next host Georgetown Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. in the Smith Center.

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