Men’s and Women’s swimming win first season match against McDaniel
Saturday, both the men’s and women’s swim teams crushed McDaniel in their at-home conference opener, defeating the Green Terrors with a score of 124-75 and 130-69 respectively.
Sophomore captain Liam Fitzstevens ’17 led the men’s team to victory by taking first in both the 200 Individual Medley and 100-yard backstroke events as well as contributing to the 200 medley relay with three other teammates. Fitzstevens was also recently named the Centennial Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week.
“I was thrilled to have won the 200 IM and backstroke, but I was most excited by how the team did as a whole,” Fitzstevens said. “The freshmen had a great first meet.”
The women’s team also enjoyed the benefits of new blood as Sydney Andersen ’18 placed first in both the 500 and 1,000 yard freestyle events. “I think everyone would agree that it was a very successful meet,” Andersen commented. “There were a lot of close races as well as a lot of good energy both on deck and behind the blocks.”
Hopefully the energy continues as both the men’s and women’s teams jump back in the pool for their second at-home conference match this Saturday against Franklin & Marshall.
Field Hockey concludes tough season
The field hockey team brought one of their toughest seasons to an end as they fell to Haverford 11-2 in a home game this Saturday during Garnet Weekend. The final match against the ’Fords resulted in a conference score of 1-9, signifying how challenging the fall season has been for the Garnet.
“We have had an incredibly tough season, the most difficult that I have ever seen in the program,” said Abigail Lauder ’15. “I’m proud of the team for keeping their heads up in spite of this and working to improve from one game to the next.”
The Garnet’s match against Bryn Mawr on October 29 coincided with senior day as the sole senior on the team, Lauder, was recognized for her contributions to the program before the start of their single home-game win.
“I feel lucky to have gotten to play with these girls for so long,” Lauder said. “I’m excited to see what great things they will do as they gain experience.”
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Place Fourth at Centennial Championships
The men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled away from home over Garnet Weekend to compete in the Centennial Championship at Haverford. With a total of nine colleges competing, Swarthmore placed fourth in both the men’s and women’s teams, following Haverford, Johns Hopkins and Dickinson.
Erick White ’15 finished first for the Garnet and 11th overall, marking one of his best performances all season. “My performance on Saturday was one of my best races, not necessarily for time, but for how I raced it,” White explained. “I went out strong… and still had plenty left by the end for a kick that allowed me to pass several people.”
The women’s team also proved to be a force to be reckoned with as their team leader, Indy Reid-Shaw ’17 placed first for the Garnet and 11th overall as well.
“It speaks to our training that we are peaking at the end of season,” Reid-Shaw explained.
“I am a little apprehensive because of losing of some of our top runners,” White said. “But hopefully one or two should be back for Regionals and that will make us an even bigger threat.”
The men’s and women’s teams compete in the NCAA Regionals on Saturday, November 15.