BALTIMORE, MD – The Saint Peter's men's and women's swimming teams wrapped up competition at the Annual H2ounds Invitational on the campus of Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. The men's squad finished in fourth place after tallying 382.5 points and the women's team finished in fifth place with 160 points.
"The athletes really came together with this travel meet," said head coach Mark Kretzer. "We knew going in, that we were up for tough competition, especially since we didn't prepare for this meet by easing up our training as we would do for our MAAC championships meet. We entered the meet with a strong focus on our relay performances, hoping to put up times that will make a statement to the rest of the conference that we are going to be real competition come February, and I think we accomplished that enormously. The men's team is excited to make a run at the podium in all of our relays, looking to take down a few team records in the process. The women's side is now even more motivated to become formidable competition in many of our relays as well. The momentum the women's team is generating this season should pay off on the recruiting trail as well."
The men's 800 free relay team of Oleksiy Polishchuk, Thomas Calloni, Andrew Galarza, and Igal Oren finished in second place, while the 200 free relay team of Mike Spark, Joshua Varrie, Daniel Betts, and Oren took home the bronze medal. Individually, Polishchuk came in third place in the men's 200 breaststroke.
"Seniors Igal Oren, Thomas Calloni, and Karen Castaneda continued to be the anchors of our teams, posting times that point towards lifetime best achievements being on the horizon for their final MAAC Championship meet coming up," added Kretzer. "Freshmen Oleksiy Polishchuk and Rachel Valentino also had select performances that should place them in the running for a spot on the podium in February. We now look forward to an uninterrupted few weeks of training leading into a very busy month of January."
Both the men's and women's swimming teams have the remainder of the 2017 calendar year off. The teams return to the pool in the year on January 5, when they visit Fairfield for a MAAC meet.