ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Two more school records fell as Lehigh completed the second day of competition at the Patriot League Championships Friday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Junior Alex Aboud broke his own school record in the 400 yard individual medley, while freshman Alissa Leung set a new school mark in the 100 yard backstroke. Lehigh’s women moved up to fifth place overall, while the men are now in fourth place.
Leung initially broke Julie Mitchell’s school record with a 56.74 second effort in Friday morning’s preliminaries, and then followed up with a 56.60 swim in the finals, good for fourth place overall.
Junior Emily DiDonato joined Leung in qualifying for a championship final, as she placed fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:05.78. Two other Mountain Hawks reached the B final and went on to claim the top two spots in that race. Freshman Kim Weyand won the consolation final to place ninth overall in 1:07.76, while sophomore Stephanie Yaszemski finished one spot behind in 1:07.94.
Sophomore Meredith Bayer also captured a consolation final, winning the B race in the 400 yard individual medley in 4:31.32. Weyand finished 15th overall in the same event with a time of 4:37.57.
In other individual events, Lehigh placed two in the B final in the 100 yard butterfly, with freshman Mary Samuels finishing 12th overall in 58.41 and junior Brooke Smalley taking 13th in 58.55. Freshman Madeleine Smith placed 14th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.64.
In the relays, Leung, DiDonato, Smalley and freshman Taylor Wise teamed to finish sixth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:47.47, while seniors Priscilla Barletta and Paola Simon teamed with Smith and freshman Rachel Movius to finish fifth in the 800 free relay in 7:42.38.
Preliminaries for the one meter diving competition took place Friday afternoon with junior Daniela Sonderegger qualifying for Saturday’s finals, sitting in eighth place with 217.85 points. Freshman Sara Blacker (13th) and sophomore Mercy Du (18th) did not qualify for the finals.
Host Navy continues to lead the team race as the Mids hold a 610-474 edge over second place Colgate. With 207 points, Lehigh is 77 behind fourth place Army and 38 ahead of rival Lafayette.
Aboud broke his own school record in the 400 IM preliminaries, clocking in at 4:00.12. In the finals, Aboud had to settle for seventh place, with a time of 4:02.39, while freshman Danny Bennett, also reached the finals, taking eighth in 4:06.36.
Lehigh’s other championship finalist was sophomore Kyle Jennings, who placed seventh in the 100 yard butterfly in 49.88. Three other Mountain Hawks: seniors Kevin Shoemaker and Angelo DiGiacinto, and sophomore Chris Hoke reached the B final. DiGiacinto took 11th overall in 50.84 seconds, with Shoemaker finishing 13th in 51.01 and Hoke placing 14th overall in 51.15.
Junior Frank Cuzzola captured the B final in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.05, while senior Chris Toth finished 13th overall in 1:41.82.
Two Mountain Hawk freshmen did well in the 100 yard breaststroke, with Matt Ferguson finishing tenth overall with a time of 57.57 and Jack Lorentzen coming in right behind in 57.79.
Lehigh had three consolation finalists in the 100 yard backstroke: freshman Sean Brant, who finished 13th in 52.31, freshman Martin Kendig, who placed 15th in 53.10, and sophomore Matt Chrzanowski, who placed 16th in 53.19.
Cuzzola, Bennett, Shoemaker and Toth swam to a fourth place finish in the 800 free relay in a time of 6:46.22, while Brant, Lorentzen, Jennings and Hoke placed fifth in the 200 medley relay in 1:32.61.
After qualifying fourth in the preliminaries, senior Connor Styles placed sixth in the finals of the one meter diving event, with a score of 284.85 points. Army placed five divers in the top eight in the one meter dive to leapfrog the Mountain Hawks for third place.
Host Navy continues to dominate the field, with a commanding lead over second place Bucknell. Lehigh is 49.5 points behind the Black Knights of Army for third, but the Mountain Hawks lead fifth place American by more than 100 points.
The Patriot League Championships conclude Saturday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Preliminaries are set for 10:30 a.m. with finals slated for a 6 p.m. start.
Women’s Team Standings
1. Navy, 610
2. Colgate, 474
3. Bucknell, 363
4. Army, 284
5. LEHIGH, 207
6. Lafayette, 169
7. American, 141
8. Holy Cross, 91
Men’s Team Standings
1. Navy, 677.5
2. Bucknell, 438.5
3. Army, 341.5
4. LEHIGH, 291
5. American, 179.5
6. Colgate, 164
7. Lafayette, 129
8. Holy Cross, 96