Stevens Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams Win ECAC Titles
The Stevens men’s swimming team won its third Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) title in as many years on Sunday at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y. The same day, the Stevens women’s swimming team won its first Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, edging Division I Wagner College 1,768-1,752.
Junior John Hu was named the men’s Swimmer of the Meet as the Ducks led the championship event from start-to-finish. Sophomore Louise Moores was named the women’s Swimmer of the Meet and helped Stevens seal the win with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay – the final event of the three-day championship meet.
The Ducks dominated the men’s competition, winning with a team score of 1,872. SUNY New Paltz was second with 955.50 and SUNY Oneonta was third (912.50). A total of 15 teams competed at this year’s ECAC’s.
Junior Greg Charriez, Hu, freshman Jack Rees and sophomore Shawn Hanak placed second in the 400-yard medley relay, combining for a time of 3:26.87 in the first event Sunday. Ducks took the top-four spots in the next event, the 500-yard freestyle. Junior Alex Benham earned a B-cut and won with a 4:34.68, and freshman Wesley Elford was second (4:41.00). Sophomores Nick Noga and Elijah Davis were third and fourth (4:42.43, 4:51.75).
Hanak won the 50-yard freestyle, touching at 21.19. He was followed by sophomore Joe Huyett in second (21.21), with junior Daniel Munt, Davis and junior Derek Smith placing fourth, fifth and sixth (21.68, 21.88, 21.89).
Hu earned a second-place finish and NCAA B-cut with his 1:52.66 in the 200-yard individual medley, and Huyett, Smith, Hu and Hanak teamed to win the final event of the championship, the 400-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3:05.82.
The ECAC Swimmer of the Meet nod for Hu is the third in his three years as a member of the Ducks. In all three years, he has helped lead the squad to the overall team title. Head Coach Trevor Miele was named the Coach of the Meet, guiding the Ducks to another championship.
Stevens recorded 11 NCAA cuts in total at the championship meet and will now turn its attention to a Winter Break Training Trip. The Ducks will return to competitive action on January 21 at Johns Hopkins University.
In the women’s championship meet, Stevens topped Wagner and 11 other teams, with SUNY New Paltz (1,076.50) and SUNY Oneonta (797.50) in third and fourth place.
Stevens opened its Sunday march to the title with a B-cut in the 400-yard medley relay. Sophomore Megan Lisbon, freshman Brittany Geyer, Moores and senior Hayley Hatfield teamed to win the event in a championship-record time of 3:52.38.
Senior Sian Pearson took first place in the 500-yard freestyle, tallying a B-cut with a 5:03.36. Teammates Nicole Miller and Kim McCaffrey placed sixth and seventh with times of 5:13.82 and 5:19.20.
Moores pocketed a B-cut in the 50-yard freestyle with her time of 23.51. The sophomore also broke the previous ECAC Championship record in the win, a mark held by Stevens graduate Laura Barito. Hatfield touched third (24.45) and juniors Natalie Fitz and Allison Henning went seven-eight (25.14, 25.21).
Geyer set a meet record in the 200-yard individual medley and also notched another B-cut with a time of 2:07.96. Classmate Sharon Rooker placed fifth, with freshman Maria McClure and Lisbon scoring seventh- and eighth-place finishes (2:13.22, 2:13.28).
In the final event of the meet, Pearson, Miller, Hatfield and Moores combined to turn in a 3:28.23 in winning the 400-yard freestyle relay. The time was also good for the team’s 17th NCAA cut of the championships.
Stevens will now turn its attention toward a Winter Break Training Trip in early January before opening up second semester competition on January 21 at Johns Hopkins University.