Swimming & Diving: Cadets sweep Chargers in dominant fashion on Senior Day
NORTHFIELD, Vt. –
The Norwich University men’s and women’s swimming & diving team celebrated their Senior Day festivities in joyous fashion, sweeping Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon at Goodyear Pool in their final home meet of the 2022-23 season.
The men cruised to a 191-29 win over the Chargers, while the women secured a huge 168-114 victory.
After Colby-Sawyer kicked off the meet with a win in the women’s side of 200 yard medley relay, the Cadets rolled in the ensuing stretch of events, with the relay A team consisting of Adrian Riendeau (Ridgecrest, Calif.), Will Thompson (Downington, Pa.), Benjamin Stark (Montverde, Fla.), and Michael Cowenhoven (Fairfield, Conn.) capturing the men’s 200 yard medley relay.
Back-to-back women’s events in the 1000 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle saw Tess Whalen (Berryville, Va.) and Hannah Shaner (Gilbertsville, Pa.) scoop up the first individual wins of the meet, followed by a winning effort from Riendeau in the 200 yard freestyle.
Jenna Tschida (Goffstown, N.H.) and Tobias Macedo (Kennebunk, Maine) gave Norwich victories in the 50 yard backstroke events, before the Chargers finally got back to the winning side in the 50 yard breaststroke. The Cadets again rallied, pulling off nine-straight individual wins.
The first of those nine came in the 50 yard breaststroke, where Thompson broke the Goodyear Pool record with a 26.97 time, snapping an eight-year record held by a former Bates swimmer by a millisecond.
Shaner and Stark earned wins in the 100 yard butterfly, before Nikky Avise (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.) and Cowenhoven posted dominant victories in the 100 yard butterfly and 50 yard freestyles. A switch to 1 meter diving 5 vol. dives saw Reilly Laitala (Sterling, Mass.) and Jack Brennan (Hopkinton, Mass.) snag a pair of wins in the first diving competitions of the afternoon.
Avise and Thompson closed out the nine-win streak with victories in the 100 yard freestyle, before the Chargers began to find some momentum, earning three wins in the ensuing five events. First-place finishes from Macedo and Arthur Abrams (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) in the 100 yard backstroke and 100 yard breaststroke were sandwiched in between.
Stark coasted to another win in the 500 yard freestyle behind a 4:55.37 effort, before Avise would give Norwich its second pool record-breaking effort in the 50 yard butterfly with a 26.25 time, ending another record set by a Bates swimmer eight years ago by nine milliseconds. Derek Furtado (Plymouth, Mass.) scooped up a win in the 50 yard butterfly, transitioning into another pair of diving events where Laitala and Brennan again earned victories.
Despite two more ensuing wins by the Chargers, the Cadets would collect two more victories to close out the festivities, first by Macedo in the 100 yard IM, and by the relay B team comprised of Stark, Cowenhoven, Gio Giovenco (Alexandria, Va.) and Riendeau in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Prior to the day’s events, the swimming & diving teams honored and celebrated nine student-athletes in the Class of 2023 in Brennan, Furtado, Kevin Gamble (Penn, Pa.), Daniel Taylor (Minden, Nev.), Ted Ells (Centerville, Mass.), Avise, Alexis Magee (Norwell, Mass.), Faith Twiggs (Fernandina Beach, Fla.), and Whalen.
“Today’s senior meet was a great opportunity to celebrate our senior’s last meet at Norwich,” Head Coach Jennifer Cournoyer said. “The women fought hard, and having all the women score for the win showed the team effort. The men really pushed themselves and one another, helping to prepare for GNAC Championships. To top the outstanding meet, Will and Nikky each broke the pool record. We will continue to train hard, but the excitement of Championships is in the air.”
Both teams will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 21, for a tri-meet at Plymouth State University that also includes Husson University. Start time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.