Both the Fairfield University men’s and women’s swim and dive teams have been crushing the competition this year, participating in smaller matchups versus just one team or larger invitational events like the recent Terrier Invitational, which was hosted by Boston University in the third week of November.
Multiple major storylines came out of the Terrier Invitational, with the Stags posting many incredible school records. As a whole, however, the men’s team hauled in 745.5 points altogether, and the women’s team brought in 465 total points.
The records started coming in slowly on day one of the Terrier Invitational, with Alexey Belfer ‘24 bringing in a school record for the 50 Free event, with a time of 20.53, according to the @Stagsswimdive on Instagram. On the same day, Belfer broke the same record, cutting his time down to 20.45.
Later on, Erini Pappas ‘25 found herself in the record books as well, securing the 200 IM school record with a time of 2:05.17. In a similar fashion as Belfer, she found herself breaking yet another record after that one, this time taking over the 400 IM school record with a speedy time of 4:25:19.
Pappas and Belfer were not the only ones to break records in the opening events of the Invitational. Senior Evan Fair and Eleonore Rembert ‘24 both took home their own records, with Fair hitting 49.63 on the 100 Fly and 50.22 on the 100 Back. Rembert took the 200 Back record with 2:01:69.
Belfer continued the fun for the Stags’ record book this past weekend, where he broke the 100 Free award twice in the same day, first setting a time of 45.61 and later on 45.18. Pappas took back the 200 Back record with a time of 2:00:63. With Pappas’ three new records broken, she earned the title of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week.
The final amendment to the record board was Evan Fair again, who secured the 200 Fly record with a tie of 1:49.89.
In their regular matchups this season, the men’s team has a record of 3-1, with wins over the College of the Holy Cross, Providence College and Marist College. Their one loss has come at the hands of Monmouth University.
The women’s team holds the exact same record as the men’s team, except they were able to beat out Monmouth University and took a loss to the College of the Holy Cross.
For now, both the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams have a long break through Jan. 7, when they return to action in the RecPlex Pool against Seton Hall University. After that, they will both partake in three conference matchups and then will travel back to Massachusetts for the Boston University Winter Open in February.
February and March will be action-packed months for the Swim and Dive teams, with the festivities kicking off in the second week of November for the four-day MAAC championship event. In the beginning of March, they will head down to Atlanta, GA, for the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of American Invitational in a three-day event. Finally, they will end their season with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, which are hosted in Atlanta just a few days after.
So far, the swim and dive teams at Fairfield have been incredibly successful and will look to continue to write history for the Stags as they venture into the latter half of the season.
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