Karedis sets school record on opening day of Princeton Invite
PRINCETON, N.J. – Sophomore Demetri Karedis set a school record in the 50 yard freestyle as Lehigh’s men’s swimming and diving team enjoyed a strong start to the Princeton Invitational Friday at DeNunzio Pool. The Mountain Hawks won two of the first six men’s events competing against swimmers and divers from Princeton, Georgetown and TCNJ.
Karedis posted a time of 20.33 in the 50 free, besting the time set by Dan Johnson in 2009. The Michigan transfer took first place in the 50 free, with classmate Chris Hoke taking second in the same event. Karedis swam the opening leg of Lehigh’s other event win, the 200 free relay, as he teamed with junior Frank Cuzzola, freshman Jack Lorentzen and Hoke to take the title in 1:23.87.
The Mountain Hawks also saw a career-best performance from senior Connor Styles on the diving board. Styles placed fourth in the men’s one meter event, but his score of 301.75 is good enough to qualify for the NCAA Regional meet.
Cuzzola led Lehigh in the 200 IM, placing eighth with a time of 1:57.56. Freshman Danny Bennett was the Mountain Hawks’ top finisher in the 500 free, as he finished 11th with a time of 4:44.68.
Lehigh’s top team in the 400 medley relay finished fifth as seniors Chris Toth and Jared Blacker, junior Kyle Jennings and freshman Owen Dunbar posted a time of 3:41.60.
The Mountain Hawks will conclude action at the Princeton Invitational Saturday at DeNunzio Pool.