Stevens Swimming Wins ECAC Titles
Stevens’ men’s and women’s swimming teams were each named champion of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference this weekend.
The men’s team won the championship for a third-straight year, rolling to the title by more than 1,000 points.
Senior John Hu was named the Swimmer of the Meet at this event for the fourth-consecutive time in his marvelous career. The veteran tallied two NCAA A-cuts, earned three individual wins and participated on two winning relays.
The team of Hu, Greg Charriez, Craig O’Dell and Shawn Hanak turned in a 3:24.43 and earned 64 team points in winning the 400-yard medley relay to open Sunday's action. The group's time was also good for an NCAA B-cut.
Wesley Elford, Alex Benham, Nick Noga and Tommy Wolinski swept the top-four spots in the 500-yard freestyle. Elford's 4:31.94 was good for an NCAA B-cut and would have qualified for last year's national meet.
Hanak, Joe Huyett and Byron Held placed two-three-four with times of 21.18, 21.24 and 21.39. Stevens swimmers actually ended up earning six of the top-eight placements in the 50-free.
Hu carded a 1:51.84 for a win and a B-cut in the 200-yard individual medley. His time would have qualified for last year's NCAA meet. O'Dell, Ravi Sun, Joshua Lefeber, Taylor and Charriez followed with the Ducks remarkably earning the top-six finishes in the event.
Stevens also won the final race of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay. Huyett, Elijah Davis, Held and Hanak carded a 3:05.47 in the victory.
Amazingly, following the 50-free, Stevens had already tallied 2,062 team points. New York University, the second-place team, had 1,046 points.
The Ducks finished competition with 23 NCAA cuts, including the two A-cuts from Hu.
The women's team won the title for a second-straight year, rolling to the team championship by 488 points over second place and NCAA Division I foe Siena College.
Sharon Rooker, Brittany Geyer, Louise Moores and Marissa Douglas opened the fourth and final session with a winning time of 3:53.61 in the 400-yard medley relay. The time was good for an NCAA B-cut as well.
Elizabeth Heinbach placed second in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking a 5:09.99 and earning 28 team points. Douglas was eighth in the event with a 5:18.09.
Moores turned in a 23.45 in winning the 50-yard freestyle. Her time was good for an NCAA B-cut and would have qualified her for last year's national meet. Jennifer Rutledge was third (24.10) and April Lawson was seventh.
Heinbach tallied a win in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:09.56, with Geyer taking second (2:09.86). Stevens ended up grabbing the top-four spots in the event as Katlyn Christenson finished third and Rooker was fourth.
In the final event of the championship, Douglas, Rutledge, Nicole Miller and Moores won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:29.40. That finish was good for an NCAA B-cut and would have made last year's NCAA's.
Stevens tallied three more NCAA B-cuts on the day to finish with 15 total cuts for the championship. Finishing behind the Ducks and Siena was SUNY New Paltz in third, New York University in fourth and Division I Fairfield University in fifth. Thirteen total institutions competed at this year's event.
Moores was named the championships Swimmer of the Meet for the second time in as many years. She swam on four of the five winning relays and recorded four individual wins – 50-free, 100-free, 100-back, 100-fly.