Lyons end weekend against NESCAC foes Connecticut College and Trinity

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams wrapped up the weekend by facing New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools Connecticut College and host Trinity College on Saturday afternoon.

The men dropped 201-92 and 200-97 decisions to Connecticut College and Trinity, respectively, as they slipped to 1-8 on the season, while the women split with the Bantams and Camels.  Moving to 6-4, Wheaton bested Trinity by a 164-124 count while falling to Connecticut College, 190-98.

Senior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) was victorious in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events with times of 1:09.15 and 2:29.56, respectively.  Classmate Dania Piscetta (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) notched runner-up finishes in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, as did senior Emma Chaiken (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) during the one- and three-meter dives.

Junior diver Alexandra Wilson (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) placed third in each the one- and three-meter events, Piscetta took third in the 200-yard individual medley, and Zais was third in the 50-yard free.  Sophomores Caroline Isaacs (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and Elle Van Cott (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) posted third-place marks in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke races, respectively.

Wheaton also turned in a pair of third-place marks during two relay events.  Senior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) and junior Sarah Miller (Madison, N.J./Madison) swam legs in each.  Joining the pair during the 200-yard medley relay were Piscetta and sophomore Dana Auger (Milford, Mass./Milford).  Siding with Miller and Perkins on the 400-yard freestyle relay were Zais and senior Sara Hollar (La Crescenta, Calif./Flintridge Prep).

On the men's side, freshman diver Charlie Maier (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) claimed top honors in the one-meter event with 234.45 points while taking second off the three-meter springboard with 237.30 points, which broke a nine-year-old program record.  Senior Jonathan Gold (West Harrison, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and freshman Taylor Wright-Sanson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the one- and three-meter competitions.

Junior Devon Best (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) finished third in the 200-yard backstroke, while seniors Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, Conn./Xavier) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Prep) and freshman Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) each swam legs on two relays.  Senior Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) took part in the 200-yard medley relay race, while sophomore Sam Neill (Ludlow, Mass./Belchertown) contributed to the 400-yard freestyle relay showing.

The Lyons are back home on Wednesday for a dual meet against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) at 6:00 p.m.

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