The Matchup: Gordon College Fighting
Scots (0-1, men; 0-1 women) vs. Simmons College Sharks (1-0 women)
vs. Elms College Blazers (0-0 men; 0-0 women)
Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Site: Partyka Natatorium (Chicopee, Mass.)
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Saturday’s meet marks the home opener for both the Blazers’ men’s and women’s swim teams. Elms College’s men’s squad is fresh off a second place finish out of six teams at the Mount Saint Vincent Relay Invitational in Yonkers, N.Y. on Oct. 27 in its 2012-13 season opener.
The Blazers swam seven relay events and earned first place in the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard medley relays. The team of freshmen Stephen Lynch (Madison, Conn.) and Ethan Etheridge (Pawtucket, R.I.), and juniors Keegan Goan (Westbrook, Maine) and Aaron Starke (Chicopee, Mass.) set a new school record with a time of 1:43.32 en route to top honors in the event. The combination of freshmen Kyle Murphy (Holyoke, Mass.), Etheridge, James Grippo (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Mikhail Kuyuzov (Swampscott, Mass.) won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:07.95.
In addition to its two first place marks, the Blazers’ men’s team posted five second place finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.71), 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.22), 200-yard butterfly (1:48.93), 200-yard freestyle (1:35.85) and 500-yard freestyle (4:33.85) relay events.
The Elms College women’s team finished second out of six
teams at the Mount Saint Vincent Relay Invitational in the 2012-13
The Blazers’ combination of senior Chalis Bird (Windsor, Mass.), Stephanie Tobin (Williamsburg, Mass.), and seniors Emalee Furtek (Ludlow, Mass.) and Tessa Dudunake (Northampton, Mass.) clocked a first place time of 2:04.93 in the 200-yard medley relay, and the team of seniors Dudunake, Tricia Ruell (Chicopee, Mass.), Furtek and Bird notched first place honors in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:51.94). Elms also won the 500-yard freestyle relay in a time of 5:10.85 behind the strong swimming of Tobin, Dudunake, Bird, Furtek and junior Jillian Francis (Methuen, Mass.).
Gordon College opened its 2012-13 campaign at Colby-Sawyer College on Oct. 27.
The relay team of Austin Drukker (Bedford, N.H.), Joshua Florez (West Hartford, Conn.), Brett Johnson (Easton, Mass.), and Cameron Schofield (Middleboro, Mass.) took a top finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.29, while Johnson, Drukker, Schofield, and Andrew Lewis (Mystic, Conn.) combined for a first place result in the 200-yard freestyle relay clocking a time of 1:40.08.
Individually, Florez had a banner day with top finishes in the 50-yard (29.96) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.42) events, Johnson took top honors in the 50-yard (27.34) and 100-yard butterfly (1:03.86) events, and Schofield bested the field in both the 50-yard (24.27) and 100-yard freestyle (53.50) races. Additionally, Lewis posted a winning time of 5:34.60 in the 500-yard freestyle.
Gordon College's women's team began its season at Colby-Sawyer
College and finished second in its 2012-13 opening event.
Katherine Zablocki (Walnut Creek, Calif.) led the Fighting Scots’ effort with top finishes in the 50-yard (33.93) and 100-yard (1:13.76) breaststroke, while Emily David (North Kingston, R.I.) did the same in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.25) and 100-yard individual medley (1:07.32). Rounding out Gordon’s first place finishes was Nicole St. Martin (Westport, Mass.), who swam to a time of 2:09.17 in the 200-yard freestyle.
Simmons College swam to victory in its 2012-13 season opener at Westfield State University on Oct. 27.
Jen Collins (Trumbull, Conn.) led the sharks with individual wins in the 200-yard and 100-yard freestyle events with respective times of 2:08.54 and 57.50 and posted a top time in the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.73). Amy Davis (Southbury, Conn.) added wins in the 50-yard butterfly (29.95) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.35), and served as the lead leg in Simmons’ 200-yard freestyle relay team that registered a winning time of 1:48.56. Maddy McDonald (Westwood, Mass.) and Marissa Soucy (Mount Vernon, N.H.) swam the middle legs, while Collins finished as the anchor.