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Swimming falls short

By Danny O'malley
On February 1, 2012

The Xavier men's and women's swimming teams took a trip to Dayton to go head-to-head against Wright State this weekend.

Both teams fell short to the Raiders. The men's team accumulated 100 points versus the Raiders 161, while the Xavier women gathered 116 to Wright State's 146.

The Musketeers had six first place finishes in individual events and one first place finish in the relay department.

However, both the men and women were very successful in the individual medley events. Senior Mary Podlaski finished first place with a time of 4:46.94 minutes with sophomore Jenny Martin finishing second. Senior Michael Zennedjian and sophomore Chad Thompson came in first and second place, respectively.

Zennedjian finished with a time of 4:11.06 and Thompson with 4:14.83.

The 200-yard backstroke was also a bright spot for the Musketeers. Thompson won this event finishing with a time of 1:53.22. The women's team won this as well with freshman Samantha Sloand finishing in first place just ahead of her teammate freshman Carolyn Stewart.

Stewart, apart from her second place finish in the 200-yard backstroke was also able to gather a first place finish in the women's 100-yard backstroke. Finishing behind Stewart and coming in second place in the 100-yard backstroke was another freshman Jacquelyn Misanik.

Back on the men's side of the meet, junior Samuel Conchuratt recorded a 1:57.01 time in the men's 200-yard butterfly allowing him to secure first place. Conchuratt was also part of the only Xavier relay team that had a first place finish during the meet. The men's 200-yard freestyle relay team consisted of Conchuratt, junior, Pablo Morejon and sophomores John Kinney and Armando Moss. The squad was able to finish three seconds in front of the second place team.

This is the last competition for the men until the Atlantic 10 Championships on Feb. 22-25.

Head coach Brent MacDonald explained how this meet might affect the team going into the championships.

"It really doesn't affect them going into the meet. We use these duel meets for race strategies more than anything," MacDonald said.

The women's team will be hosting Ohio University at the O'Connor Sports Center on Friday.


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