NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams hit the road for the first time this season with a double-dual meet at New York University's Coles Sports Center with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe United States Coast Guard Academy.
The women split results, edging Coast Guard by a 150-145 count while dropping a 188.5-111.5 decision to the hosts to move to 2-1. Falling to 0-3, the men suffered 232.5-67.5 and 216-83 setbacks to Coast Guard and New York University, respectively.
The women compiled seven event wins on the afternoon, with senior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) leading the pack with three triumphs. Zais secured top times in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes while swimming a leg on the victorious 200-yard medley relay team.
Siding with Zais on the winning relay squad were seniors Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and Dania Piscetta (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) and sophomore Dana Auger (Milford, Mass./Milford).
Senior Emma Chaiken (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) swept the one- and three-meter diving events, Piscetta touched the wall first during the 100-yard butterfly race, and freshman Adrianne Madden (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) swam the fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle event.
On the men's side, freshman diver Charlie Maier (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) took second off the one- and three-meter platforms, while senior Jonathan Gold (West Harrison, N.Y./Fordham Prep) placed third and fifth in those events, respectively.
Freshman Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) notched a fourth-place standing in the 100-yard freestyle and swam a leg on the fourth-place 200-yard medley relay squad, joining seniors Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Prep) and sophomore Sam Neill (Ludlow, Mass./Belchertown).
Rounding out the top-five marks were Fichman-Klein in the 100-yard butterfly and Sabol during the 100-yard backstroke, as each placed fifth.
Wheaton returns home next Saturday for a double-dual meet against Keene State College and NEWMAC foe Springfield College at 1:00 p.m.