January 30, 2013

Swimming Streaking in Conference Play

January has been a standout month for Dickinson swimming, with both the men’s and women’s teams winning crucial meets. They each celebrated back-to-back conference wins against McDaniel on Saturday, Jan. 19, and Washington College on Saturday, Jan. 26, since returning from their Florida winter trip. The men topped the Terror 66-29, and performed equally well the following week when they took down the Shoremen 130-74. With strong relay finishes, the women outswam McDaniel 55-40. They continued on to crush Washington College the following week by an impressive score of 132-62.

Jason Adams ’14 put on a show against McDaniel, posting wins in the 50 and 100 free events before anchoring the winning 200 free relay team. Kevin Chibbaro ’13 also had an impressive showing against McDaniel, joining Adams on the 200 relay team, which finished first with a time of 1:31.89. He also added a third place finish in the 100 free with a time of 51.04. As happy as Chibbaro was with the team’s performance against McDaniel, he was even prouder of the way the Red Devils toppled the Shoremen the following week. “We put on a great display against Washington,” he remarked. “This was probably our best meet so far this year.” The Devils went into the meet without some of their top competitors due to illness, and Chibbaro stressed that “everyone needed to step up big time, and that’s what happened.”

Theo Hubbard ’16 starred for the Devils in the victory over Washington, winning both the 200 IM and 500 Free. He also swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay which clocked in a first place finish at 3:38.04. Chris Miles ’15, Eddie Barnard ’13 and Zach Yocum ’13 joined Hubbard on the winning relay team. Barnard went on to capture first in the 50 free, narrowly edging out Chibbaro with a time of 22.19. Miles added a victory in the 200-yard backstroke.

For the women, Catilin Klockner ’16 and Caroline Brennan ’15 each posted multiple victories in the win over McDaniel on Jan. 19. Klockner won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.25, before winning the 100 free by a narrow margin of 0.06 seconds. Brennan starred for the Devils in the distance events, capturing both the 500 and 1000-yard freestle. Carson Gannon ’14 mirrored Klockner’s performance in the previous meet, capturing both the 100 and 200 freestyle events. Carla Vazquez-Ramos ’15 took first place in the 1000, edging out classmate Nora Snee ’15 by 0.06 seconds. Snee went on to capture the 500 free with a time of 5:35.25.

Both teams look to continue their success when they host Franklin & Marshall in Red Devils’ senior meet on Sat., Feb. 2. The men look to remain undefeated in the Centennial Conference, while the women look to improve upon their 3-1 conference mark against one of Dickinson’s biggest rivals. As Chibbaro concluded, “We’re going to attack F&M with the same passion that we have going into every meet...okay, maybe a little bit more.”