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Swimming and Diving Start Season Strong

Double Sweep of Marist in Opener and Second-Place Finishes at Husky Invite Showcase Competitive Team

STAFF WRITER

Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Updated: Thursday, October 28, 2010 02:10

After winning their season openers against the Marist Red Foxes, Fordham men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in Saturday's five-school Husky Invitational, held in Storrs, Connecticut.  Both teams placed second with strong performances. 

            Coming off their most successful season to date, capped by the Atlantic 10 championship, the women's team won Thursday's season opener 150-93 against Marist, extending their dual-meet win streak to 17.  "The Marist meet was a great start for both the men's and women's teams," junior Courtney Collyer said, "Everybody was really happy with their performances, and it gave us motivation going into Saturday's meet at UConn."  Collyer won two events in the opener on Thursday (200 IM, 200 fly), and went on to place first in the 400 individual medley in the Husky Invitational.

            Sophomore Brienne Ryan and junior Elizabeth Dorger also won two events in the opener (50 free, 200 back; 1 and 3 meter diving events), and junior Alexandra Wessel and sophomore Kellie Lyver each one an event (200 free; 100 free). 

            The men's team also had a commanding victory in the opener, 146-91.  Freshman Michael Grimmet-Norris and sophomore Thomas Yi each won two events (500 free, 1000 free; 200 back, 200 IM).  Other event winners included freshman Shintaro Noguchi (200 free), senior Billy Colton (50 free), sophomore Devon Morris (100 free), junior Sean McManus (200 breaststroke).

             "We're a close knit team and that makes training enjoyable," Shintaro Noguchi said, "They get you amped up for every swim." Noguchi went on to win the 100 butterfly at the Husky Invitational, and placed second in the 50 freestyle. 

            On Saturday's Husky Invitational the women's team placed second, scoring 532 points (Connecticut 831, Central Connecticut 399, Fairfield 246, and Providence 180).  The men's team also placed second, scoring 661 points (Connecticut 854, Fairfield 320, Providence 249).  Collectively, the men's and women's teams won seven events on Saturday.  Sophomore Brienne Ryan came out particularly strong, winning three individual events (50 free, 100 back, 200 back) and assisting in the 200 freestyle relay for a win.  Other event winners included freshman Shintaro Noguchi (100 butterfly), and junior Sean McManus (200 breaststroke).

            The Atlantic 10 Conference released its preseason coaches' polls for men's and women's swimming and diving on October 12th.  Fordham women's team was again selected to win the Atlantic 10 Championship, followed by Richmond, Massachusetts, Duquesne, and La Salle.  Courtney Collyer, Brienne Ryan, junior Kelly Bunster, senior Megan McGorry, and junior Andrea Krok are all returning medalists.

            The men's team was picked in the Atlantic 10 poll to tie fourth with Xavier.  The men's team has finished fourth in each of its last two seasons at the Atlantic 10 Championship.  Returning leaders include seniors Robert Gitman, Billy Colton, Matthew Grabiak, and junior Sean McManus. 

            Fordham's swimming and diving team will be hosting Boston University on Saturday, November 13th at 1:00PM at the Messmore Aquatics Center.  

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