Men win big, women fall short against Lafayette
Posted: November 17, 2006
EASTON, Pa. – The Lehigh men’s swimming and diving team continued its dominance over Lafayette with a convincing 186-100 win in the annual meet between the rival schools Friday night at the Leopards’ Ruef Natatorium. The Mountain Hawks won 13 of 16 events to pick up their 16th consecutive win over the Leopards. Lehigh had to settle for a split however, as the Mountain Hawk women won seven of 16 events but fell 165-129.
Junior Jonathan Kearney and sophomore Dan Johnson paced the men’s attack winning three individual events apiece. Kearney won the 1000 free in 10:02.71 and added wins the 500 free and the 200 fly. Johnson continued to lead the way in the sprints winning the 50 free (21.86), 100 free (48.11) and 200 free (1:44.38).
Senior co-captain Tom Gilbert set a pool record in winning the 100 back in 54.03 and added a win in the 200 back as well. Freshman Kevin McGrath won the 200 breast in 2:11.12, while junior Clark Cohen swept the one and three meter dives.
On the women’s side, Melanie and Alison Rolish accounted for five individual wins for the Brown and White. Alison, a freshman, had her most impressive swim in the 1000 free with a time of 10:23.71. She also won the 500 free in 5:09.25. Her older sister Melanie, a sophomore, won swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke and won the 400 IM, with Allison finishing second. Allison also teamed with senior Betsy Balaguer, sophomore Nicole Lorigan and freshman Julie Sicherman to win the 400 free relay. Sophomore Nikki Perella took top honors in the one meter dive.
Lehigh will now have some time off for winter training. The Mountain Hawks next dual meet will be on Saturday January 20, when Lehigh hosts Army at Jacobs Pool with diving action beginning at 11 a.m.