Garnet Swimmers Finish Strong in Swat Invitational
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - After two days, three sessions and 36 events of swimming, the Garnet men and women made it worth their while as the men swam to a Swat Invite championship and the women to a second place finish on Saturday evening in Ware Pool.
The Swarthmore men started out strong with a tight 200-yard medley relay victory from junior Sterling Satterfield, sophomore Tim Brevart and freshmen Daniel Duncan and Roger Chin with a time of 1:42.06 to lock up the Garnet's first 40 points of the day.
Not long after in its next event, a trio of freshmen Garnet men finished four, five and six in the 400 IM. Duncan finished in 4:20.87, Tyler Hanson in 4:25.30 and Charles Hepper in 4:25.89.
Junior Sterling Satterfield led the Garnet to victory winning two races on the day, the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.33) and the 200-yard breastroke (2:13.90).
The Garnet put the nail in the coffin in the final event of the invite, the 1650-yard freestyle relay. Swarthmore swam away with one, two, three finish with freshman Jake Benveniste leading the way and freshmen Hanson and Joshua Satre finishing second and third to seal the the championship with 726 points. Drexel finished second with 604.
On the women's side of action, senior Anne Miller led the Garnet once again with 100-yard butterfly victory in 59.38. Miller also contributed to a second place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay.
Senior Casey Osborn captured a second place finish in the 400 IM to give the women 17 points early in day two and pass the momentum onto Miller.
Despite a one, two finish by Osborn and freshman Hannah Gotwals in the 200-yard butterfly and a two, three finish by Miller and junior Allison Bishop in the 1650-yard freestyle the Garnet women couldn't catch up to the blistering Drexel Dragons.
Drexel won eight events on day two including 200-yard freestyle race where they took the top five spots and the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke where they took the top three spots.
The Garnet will take a long break from competition but will return to the pool on Saturday January 23 when they host Cabrini College. Swimming is slated to start at 2 PM.