Lehigh opens home schedule against PL foe Colgate Saturday
Posted: 10/28/2011 | Last updated: October 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh swimming and diving teams will open their home schedule on Saturday as the Mountain Hawks welcome the Colgate Raiders to Jacobs Pool. This marks the third meet of the season for the Mountain Hawks, who swept Patriot League rival Holy Cross on October 9, and split at West Chester last Friday with the men winning to move to 2-0 on the season.
The Lehigh men won seven of 13 events against West Chester to win the meet 136.5-106.5. In the 400 yard medley relay, senior Chris Toth, junior Alex Aboud, senior Kevin Shoemaker and junior Frank Cuzzola took first place with a time of 3:34.03. This set an early tone for the meet, with junior Demetri Karedis winning the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 21.17 and Shoemaker winning the 200 yard IM in 1:57.82.
Not only was Lehigh strong with their winners, but the Mountain Hawks showed depth by taking numerous second and third places to secure their victory over the Golden Rams. In the 1000 yard freestyle freshman Danny Bennett took second in 9.50.89 and freshman Jake Green took third with a time of 10:03.43. In the 100 yard freestyle, Karedis and sophomore Chris Hoke took second and third respectively to gain some important points for Lehigh.
Saturday’s meet will be the first of the year for Colgate, which was 1-8 in dual meets last season, including 1-3 in the Patriot League. The Raider men finished fifth at last year’s Patriot League Championships.
On the women’s side, Lehigh had some difficulties with a strong West Chester team, as the Mountain hawks fell to 1-1 with a 174-69 setback. There were some great performances out of Lehigh during the meet however, especially from freshman Alissa Leung who secured both of Lehigh’s event wins. Leung won the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:11.43 and the 200 yard backstroke in 2:05.35.
The squad also had some important finishes in other events, including two third-place finishes by sophomore Giovanna Patafio in the 1000 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle.
The Lehigh women now set their sights on Patriot League opponent Colgate, and look to improve their conference record to 2-0 after defeating Holy Cross 130-104 in their first meet of the season. Colgate has been a powerhouse in Patriot League women’s swimming and diving, winning four league titles in the last five years.
Saturday’s meet begins at 10 a.m. with the diving events at Lehigh’s Jacobs Pool, while swimming events are slated for 1 p.m.
Story written by Steve Rumizen ‘12