Hiram College

The Hiram College Swimming and Diving team competed against Washington and Jefferson (Pa.) College today in a non-conference dual meet at the Alumni Memorial Pool in the regular-season home finale and senior day. The women lost to the Presidents with a final score of 112- 154, and the men lost by a final score of 95-166.

With the loss, the Terrier women end the regular season with a 7-7 overall record in dual meet competition.  Leading the women was freshman Rachel Patten (Castalia/Margaretta), who won both the 400 and 800-meter freestyle with times of 4:55.91 and 10:07.48 respectively. Following her lead, sophomore Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) led in the 100-meter free with a time of 1:14.36. Sophomore Becca Wright (New Carlisle/Northwestern Local) finished first in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 34.88 seconds. The last win of the day for the women was by sophomore Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) who captured the one-meter dive with 123.75 points.

Following today’s meet, the men wrap-up the regular season with a 4-10 overall record in dual meet competition.  Senior James DeGroff (Cuyahoga Falls) started the men’s winning streak with his finals time of 25.12 seconds in the 50-meter free.  In addition to DeGroff, freshmanMark Stanke (Dover) finished the 50-meter fly with a winning time of 31.51 seconds.  Freshman Christian Kelley (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) took first place in the 400-meter free with a time of 5:08.24. Finally, the men’s 200-meter free relay team consisting of Stanke, freshman Danny Essel (Euclid), junior Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston), and DeGroff won their event as well with a finals time of 1:44.65.

The Hiram swim teams will now set their sights on the annual North Coast Athletic Conference Championships which will be held from Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.  The first event each day is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.