Swimming & Diving

Men’s Swimming Tops Fairfield, Improves to 2-0 in MAAC

Men’s Swimming Tops Fairfield, Improves to 2-0 in MAAC

FAIRFIELD, CT – The men's and women's swimming teams returned to the pool for the second half of the season over the weekend, opening up the 2018 portion of the schedule at Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foe, Fairfield University. The men's team knocked off Fairfield, 159-121, improving the team to 2-0 in the MAAC and 5-2 overall on the season. The women's team, who also competed against Wagner College at the meet, dropped both competitions.


"The men's and women's teams swam many impressive races against a really competitive Fairfield roster over the weekend," said head coach Mark Kretzer. "On the men's side, we started off with a great win in the medley relay and kept that momentum rolling, winning many of the following events."


The 200 medley relay consisted of Arthur Bertrand, Oleksiy Polishchuk, Chad Williams, and Daniel Betts, who edged Fairfield's foursome by one second to claim the win.


"The highlight of the meet for me as a coach was to see the 200 butterfly play out," Kretzer said. "Freshman Troy Pina and sophomore Chad Williams trailed both Fairfield competitors through most of this challenging race, until a late push from both Peacock swimmers gave them a 1-2 finish at the end. The race signified the gritty, never say die attitude that we are trying to create here at Saint Peters."


The Peacocks followed that performance up with first place finishes in the 800 free (Andrew Galarza), 200 free (Polishchuk), 100 backstroke (Bertrand), 100 breaststroke (Igal Oren), 200 butterfly (Williams), 100 free (Oren), 200 backstroke (Bertrand), 200 breaststroke (Polishchuk), and 400 free (Galarza). The team sealed the MAAC victory by taking the 200 free relay, powered by Mike Spark, Betts, Galarza, and Oren who finished with a winning time of 1:39.54.


"On the women's side, we had some really gutsy races from junior Brianni Thomas and sophomore Kyra Gabinete," added Kretzer. "They always push themselves to improve no matter what competition they are up against. I am excited to see where their hard work will take them at the end of this season."


The men's and women's swimming teams return to the water when the teams host their home-opener on Tuesday, January 16 at the Yanitelli Center Pool at 4 p.m. against Lafayette College.