November 21, 2009

Wheaton teams each suffer pair of losses

SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams each absorbed a pair of losses during a double-dual meet at Springfield College on Saturday in Linkletter Natatorium.

The Lyon men suffered a 230-67 setback against the Pride while dropping a 202-85 decision against Keene State College in remaining winless through eight meets. Wheaton's women, now 5-2, lost for the first time this season, falling to nine-time defending New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship winner Springfield, 201-98 while narrowly suffering a 152-147 loss against the Owls.

Juniors Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) and Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) each won twice for the Lyon women. Piscetta captured the 100-yard butterfly and freestyle races while placing second in the 200-yard free, and Zais topped the field during both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events.

Piscetta anchored the third-place 200-yard freestyle relay quartet, joining sophomores Samantha Farrell (Reading, MA/Reading Memorial) and Sarah Miller (Madison, NJ/Madison) and freshman Elle Van Cott (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central). Miller and Zais helped the 400-yard medley relay foursome also take third, siding with sophomore Taryn Brosnan (Westford, MA/Academy of Notre Dame) and freshman Katie Bordeau (Sanford, ME/Sanford). Senior Stephanie Conelias (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) was third in the 200-yard butterfly.

During the men's portion of the meet, junior Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro) had a hand in a pair of runner-up showings, placing second during the 100-yard butterfly race and swimming a leg for the 200-yard freestyle relay. Joining Fichman-Klein on the relay foursome were classmates Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, CT/Xavier) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, FL/Shorecrest Prep) and freshman Sam Neill (Ludlow, MA/Belchertown).

Junior Eddie Gillie (Haverhill, MA/Saint John's Prep) and sophomore Devon Best (Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood) were third in the 200-yard butterfly and backstroke, respectively.

Wheaton's squads are off until after Thanksgiving, when they head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the second time this season for the two-day MIT Invitational, which begins on December 4.

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