Lyons split with visiting Roger Williams during season opener

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams began 2010-11 with a split against visiting Roger Williams University on Saturday afternoon in Balfour Natatorium.

The Lyon women captured a 178-120 triumph, dropping the Hawks to 0-2 on the young season, while the men suffered a 170-130 setback.  Roger Williams' men are now 1-1.

Senior Dania Piscetta (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) led the women with three wins, topping the 50-yard butterfly and 200-yard backstroke fields.  Her 50 fly time of 26.84 was 0.10 ticks off her school record.  She also joined classmates Sara Hollar (La Crescenta, Calif./Flintridge Prep) and Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and sophomore Dana Auger (Milford, MA/Milford) on the victorious 400-yard medley relay team.

Picking up two individual wins each were senior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) in the 200-yard breaststroke and free races, sophomore Caroline Isaacs (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) in the 200-yard individual medley and 1,000-yard free events, and freshman Adrianne Madden (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) in the 50- and 100-yard free competitions.

Auger touched the wall first during the 50-yard back, senior Emma Chaiken (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) notched the top score in the three-meter dive, and sophomore Vanessa Fuchs (Paris, France/International School of France) claimed the fastest time in the 500-yard free.

For the men, senior Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) picked up three wins, including two individual triumphs in the 50-yard breaststroke and butterfly races, while freshman Charlie Maier (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) broke the school record in the one-meter dive with an event-best 240.08 points.

Fichman-Klein sided with senior Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Prep), sophomore Sam Neill (Ludlow, Mass./Belchertown) and freshman Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) for the fastest time in the 200-yard freestyle relay event.

Senior captain Corey Best (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) rounded out the first-place finishes with victories in the 200-yard breast and fly competitions.

The Lyons remain at home next Saturday for the Charlie Batterman Relays at 1:00 p.m.

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