Swimming and diving teams each lose close matches

OSU swimming meet against Oneonta
Photo taken by Billy Reese | The Oswegonian

The Oswego State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were each handed close losses by SUNY Oneonta on Saturday at Laker Pool, with the women falling 132-107 and the men 125-118.

The women started off strong, with the team of sophomore Erin Molloy, senior Delia Reed, freshman Sabia Filiaci and senior Molly Heagerty winning the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, by just under three seconds.

The Lakers registered another victory in the 50-yard freestyle, as sophomore Ivy Lopez won the race by a slim .15 second margin.

“Ivy Lopez had a good 50 [yard freestyle], her lifetime best,” Oswego State head coach Mike Holman said. “That one stands out.”

Senior Katie Maye also earned another victory for Oswego State with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke by the same close margin.

The Oswego State women finished the meet in the same fashion they started, as Heagerty and sophomores Katie Russell, Katie Flood and Lopez combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay, a race in which three Oswego State teams combined to finish 1-2-3.

Despite the four victories and six second-place finishes, the Laker women were unable to pull out a victory, as the Red Dragons outscored them 31-6 in both diving events, which would turn out to be the difference in the final score.

The men suffered the same woes as the women, as diving was an Achilles’ heel for them as well, despite many strong performances.

Senior Nick Dupree set the pace for the Lakers, as he recorded two individual wins, the first of which came in the 50-yard freestyle in which he won by three-tenths of a second.

His next victory was in the 100-yard freestyle, which he won by nearly a full second. Dupree earned another victory in the final event for the men, the 200-yard freestyle relay. He combined with sophomore Andrew Minnick and freshmen Rudy Trosin and Philip MacLeod to win the event by over two and a half seconds.

Minnick recorded an individual win as well in the 200-yard freestyle, which he won by more than a second and a half with a time of one minute, 51.48 seconds.

“During the race I kind of put my head down and went for it,” Minnick said. “I felt like I could have went faster.”

Sophomore Jordan Prophet came close to breaking the school record in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing the race in two minutes and 0.29 seconds. Prophet was 0.59 seconds off the record set by Dan Callinan in 2006.

“My start could have been better,” Prophet said. “If I had gotten off the blocks better I could have gotten the record I wanted.”

The final individual win for the men came in the 100-yard backstroke from junior Dereck Harmon, who won by almost a full second.

Overall, Holman was pleased with his teams’ performance.

“I think they performed really well,” he said. “The majority of the kids are swimming very well for themselves, as compared to years past. They’re well ahead of where they’ve been.”

The loss drops the women to 1-1 and the men to 0-2. The Lakers will travel to Clarkson on Saturday for a meet at 1 p.m.