After swimming and diving finished its first half of the regular season over the weekend, the women find themselves contending for a MAAC title while the men are struggling to stay afloat in the standings.

In their last team matches this weekend, the women defeated Siena and Sacred Heart in record-setting fashion, and the men fell hard to Iona Nov. 29. The women improved to 4-1 in the MAAC and 5-4 overall, while the men dropped to 1-3 in the MAAC, and 1-6 overall.

“I think everyone is focused on the same goals…the team is working so well together in practice that when we get to meets each girl knows what she has to do to make the meet a success,” Brittany Hunter ’07 said of the women’s success so far. “As long as we continue to work hard we will have a great year.”

Most recently, the men’s and women’s diving teams collaborated Sunday to earn a second place finish out of seven teams at the Springfield College Diving Invitational. The host Pride dominated for a first place with 139 points, 70 points more than Fairfield earned.

Rob Penwell ’06 was on top for men, receiving a third place finish in the one-meter, and a eighth place in the three-meter. Katharine Yee ’08 was best for the women, and dove to a fourth place finish in the one-meter and a sixth place in the three-meeter.

In the 95-43 and 100-42 wins over Siena and Sacred Heart Saturday, the quartet of Sarah Dent ’08, Elizabeth Lawlor ’08, Hunter, and Jennifer Masi ’07 set a new school record in the 200-yard medley relay with an outstanding time of 1:52.37.

Individually Masi also set a school and pool record in the 50-yard freestyle, recording a 24.60 time, and Lawlor clocked a school-best 2:30.69 time in the 200 breaststroke.

Hunter received MAAC swimmer-of-the-week honors Nov. 15 after logging three individual wins against Niagara and two against Marist the second weekend in November.

“All of those times were season bests for me as well. I think everything started to come together for me at those meets,” said Hunter.

Fairfield also recorded a win by Kate Roche ’08 in the 1000-yard freestyle, and from the diving platforms, Yee gracefully jumped to wins in the one-meter and three-meter events.

In the men’s loss to Iona Nov. 29, Raul Delgadilio ’06 led the team with a 200-yard butterfly win, and a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Fairfield excelled in the one-meter diving event against Iona, as Penwell placed first, and Jon Barrett ’06, and Russ Laub ’07 finished second and third respectively.

Both teams will break for the holidays and return to the pool Jan. 16. for a meet against the University of Maine at Rec Plex.

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