Lehigh falls just short in season-opening loss to West Chester
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh men’s swimming and diving team came up four points short in its season opening meet with West Chester Friday night at Jacobs Pool. The Mountain Hawks won seven of 13 events, but a 31-5 edge on the diving boards propelled the visiting Golden Rams to a 122.5-118.5 win.
Freshman Jacob Hassel won two individual events to lead the Mountain Hawks, while classmate Jeff Donovin had a first and a second for Lehigh, which opens at 0-1. West Chester moves to 3-0 on the season.
“The meet was so close,” explained Lehigh head coach Rob Herb. “We just didn’t have enough divers to pull it out. The men had a great effort to make up a 22-point deficit but fell just short. It was a great team effort on both sides.”
Donovin gave Lehigh its first event win of the meet as he captured the 200 free in 1:44.77. Junior Demetri Karedis then followed with a win in the 50 free, touching the wall in 21.46 seconds. Hassel made it three straight event wins for the Mountain Hawks, taking the 200 IM in 1:59.74. Sophomores Sean Brant and Connor Cackovic added key points for the Mountain Hawks as Brant finished in a dead heat for second and Cackovic finished fourth.
Brant won the 200 back in 1:56.86 with junior Matt Chrzanowski and freshman Matt Carducci taking third and fourth place, respectively.
The freshmen teamed up to give Lehigh 13 more points in the 200 fly as Hassel won in 1:56.02 and Donovin finished second.
Senior Frank Cuzzola captured the 100 free in 47.53 and swam the leadoff leg of Lehigh’s 400 free relay team as he teamed with Chrzanowski, Donovin and Karedis for a winning time of 3:10.97, but the early deficit was too much to overcome.
Sophomore diver Dan Bateman scored five points in the meet, placing fourth in the one meter event and third in the three meter.
The Mountain Hawks will return to the pool on Saturday October 27 when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to face the Colgate Raiders at 1 p.m.