Lyon women cruise past Colorado College, men drop heartbreaker

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team cruised to a 174-113 victory over Colorado College during the teams' first meeting on Thursday night in Balfour Natatorium, while the men's meet came down to the final event, with the Lyons suffering a tough 147-146 loss.  The women remained unbeaten at 5-0, while the men fell to 0-6.

The women captured wins in 11 of 16 events, with senior Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island) and juniors Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) and Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) each earning individual event victories twice.  Senior Stephanie Conelias (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) and sophomore Sarah Miller (Madison, NJ/Madison) also had a hand in two wins apiece.

Meehan was triumphant in the 50-yard backstroke and butterfly events, Piscetta touched the wall first in the 50-yard breaststroke and 100-yard back races, while Zais was victorious in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley.  Conelias won the 100-yard butterfly, Miller secured the fastest time in the 100 breast, and the tandem joined senior Chelsea Stephenson (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth) and freshman Katie Bordeau (Sanford, ME/Sanford) on the top 400-yard medley relay team.

Rounding out the winners were junior Kathleen Dwyer (Barrington, RI/Barrington) in the 1,000-yard free and sophomore Julia Wright (Pomfret, VT/Northfield Mount Hermon School) in the three-meter dive.

On the men's side, the Lyons carried a 142-134 advantage into the 400-yard free relay and needed either a first-place finish or second- and third-place marks.  Wheaton landed a runner-up placement, but Colorado College took first and third, as the hosts fell just short.

Junior Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro) earned wins in the 50-yard fly and free races, while classmate Corey Best (Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood) picked up a victory in the 100-yard fly, edging out a teammate by 0.08 ticks.

Juniors Jonathan Gold (West Harrison, NY/Fordham Prep) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, FL/Shorecrest Prep) placed first in the three-meter dive and 50-yard back, respectively.

The Lyons hit the road on Saturday when they travel to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) member Springfield College for a double-dual meet with the Pride and Keene State College at 1:00 p.m.  The Pride women are the nine-time defending conference champions.

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