MANHATTAN, NY – The Saint Peter's men's swimming team earned wins over Manhattan College and Pace University on Saturday. The Peacocks men's team knocked off MAAC foe, Manhattan, 180-96, and defeated Pace, 141-117. The women's team dropped both matches to Manhattan and Pace, falling 177-52 and 216-49, respectively.
The men's team came away with two more victories against moving to 4-0 on the season. Freshman Oleksiy Polishchuk had a breakout performance by putting the team on his back winning all three of his events, the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley.
"Oleksiy thrives in some of the hardest and grueling events in the meet schedule," said head coach Mark Kretzer. "It is a reflection of the type of training he puts into the pool on a consistent basis. He's a leader by example and his teammates really respect that."
On the women's side, despite dropping to two tough opponents, the team gained momentum with more individual victories. Freshman Rachel Valentine continued to dominate breaststroke events and senior Karen Castaneda put in an inspiring performance in the 200 freestyle to take home a victory.
"Karen is a great leader for the women's team; she has high expectations and goals not just for herself but all her teammates," added Kretzer. "And having talented freshman like Rachel really helps give our program a bright future that will certainly attract more great athletes to Saint Peter's in years to come. "
The men's team dives back into the pool on November 3 and 4, when the team returns to NJIT for a tri-meet with the Highlanders and Bryant University. The women's team returns to action on November 18, when they travel to Stony Brook for a dual meet.