A dominant performance by the West Chester men’s swimming team highlighted an action-packed weekend for the university’s swimming and diving teams at the Golden Rams Classic.
After winning six of nine events on Friday, including the 200-yard medley relay, the 800-yard freestyle relay, and the 200-yard freestyle relay, the men’s swimming team was even stronger on Saturday, winning all nine of the events. That includes two wins by Tommy Rhoads, who won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle. Alex Corbett won the 50-yard free, while Phil Letcavage won the 200-yard butterfly. Connor Murphy won the 200-yard backstroke and Bogdan Grebenyuk won the 200-yard breaststroke.
The women’s swimming team performed just as well, winning three of nine events on Friday and sweeping the top six spots of the 400-yard individual medley. Then, on Saturday, they won five of nine events to finish off Ursinus and Albright and win the Golden Rams Classic. Mia Barone won the 1650-yard freestyle, while Emily Stang won both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races. Amelia Buckley won the 200-yard butterfly and Kendall Somer won the 200-yard backstroke.
Meanwhile, freshman Tim Cenjia won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter diving competitions to cap a strong showing by his team at a diving meet at the College of New Jersey on Friday and Saturday. Teammates Leonard Swett, Zach Burns, and Jonas Raider finished second, third, and fourth behind Cenjia in the 1-meter. In the 3-meter, Cenjia was followed by Swett, Raider, and Kurt van Mol to round out the top four.
WCU’s women divers fared well at the College of New Jersey also. In the 3-meter on Friday, Kelsey Tennett took third while Michelle Murphy and Michelle Heinemann placed fourth and fifth, respectively. On Saturday, Heinemann finished thrid in the 1-meter, while Tennett took fourth and Murphy fifth.
WCU has performed well so far this season, which started all the way back on Oct. 5. The men and women’s teams are each 6-0 through their first six meets, and they have frequently beaten the other schools at those meets by comfortable margins. Their victims include Rutgers, Lehigh, Bloomsburg, and Shippensburg. Last week, junior David McCormick was named PSAC male swimmer of the week after winning the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley.
The swimming and diving teams are now off until Jan. 11, when they face off against Johns Hopkins and the College of New Jersey in a tri-meet.
Joey Samuel is a fourth-year student majoring in political science and Spanish. He can be reached at JS719745@wcupa.edu.