BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Elms College men's and women's swim teams had a total of five swimmers earn three first place finishes as the Blazers earned a split with Bridgewater State University during Wednesday afternoon's swim meet that saw both teams honor the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
The men's team posted a 162-121 victory and improves to 5-0 on the season, while the women's team suffered a 163-123 setback and moves to 1-6 overall.
On the men's side, the 200-yard medley relay team of freshmen James Grippo (Longmeadow, Mass.), Ethan Etheridge (Pawtucket, R.I.), Kyle Murphy (Holyoke, Mass.)and Andrew Pioggia (East Longmeadow, Mass.) clocked a time of 1:52.46 to place first in the event.
Grippo added three individual first place finishes in the 50-yard backstroke (28.39), the 200-yard backstroke (2:14.67) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:32.27), while freshman Stephen Lynch (Madison, Conn.) added a trio of top times. Lynch touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.97), the 100-yard butterfly (59.96) and the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.09.
Etheridge added two first place marks in the 50-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard butterfly with respective times of 30.38 and 26.74, and freshman Mikhail Kuyuzov (Swampscott, Mass.) won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:09.01) and the 100-yard individual medley (1:02.81).
Senior Mark Gehring (West Springfield, Mass.) won the 1000-yard freestyle (11:41.18), followed in second by Murphy (11:45.37), while junior Aaron Starke (Chicopee, Mass.)clocked a time of 23.98 to secure first in the 50-yard freestyle.
Gehring finished second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.77) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:34.63), Starke placed second in the 50-yard butterfly (27.46), Murphy added a second place time of 29.71 in the 200-yard freestyle and freshman Niels Thomsen (Southington, Conn.) earned third place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:14.26).
The 200-yard medley relay squad of Lynch, Starke, Gehring and Thomsen earned a first place finish with a time of 1:36.88 to close out the men's highlights.
Dudunake touched the wall first in 50-yard breaststroke (34.09), the 100-yard breaststroke (1:26.58) and the 100-yard IM (1:08.57).
Furtek won the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle events with respective times of 1:07.35 and 1:01.20 and powered to top honors in the 50-yard butterfly (29.14).
DeGrazia clocked first place in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.55), 50-yard freestyle (26.88), and the 500-yard freestyle (5:33.74).
Junior Emily Schneider (West Kingston, R.I.) swam to a second place mark in the 1000-yard freestyle (13:22.63), and senior Tricia Ruell (Chicopee, Mass.) placed second twice in the 50-yard backstroke (34.18) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:16.33).
Junior Kelly Gilhooly (Bloomfield, Mass.) touched the wall third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:17.04) and junior Gabrielle Calvanese (Agawam, Mass.) registered a pair of third place marks in the 50-yard breaststroke and 100-yard breaststroke with times of 39.96 and 1:38.89 in that order.
The relay team of DeGrazia, Furtek, Schneider and Dudunake capped the meet with a first place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, powering to a time of 1:51.11.
Both teams return to the pool on Saturday, January 12 when they travel to Mount Saint Mary College (N.Y.) for a 1:00 p.m. contest.