The University of Scranton’s swimming and diving teams came away with a victory Saturday after falling to Dickinson College Nov. 2. In a three-team swim meet, the women’s team defeated Juniata College 155-86 and Goucher College 180-72, while the men’s team sunk Goucher 153-104.
Senior Sara Franciscovich led the way for the women’s team by winning three individual races: the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Other Royals earning first-place finishes in the three-team meet were junior Kaitlyn Maloney, who had two individual victories; junior Paige Agnello in the 100 breaststroke; junior Alexis Walsh in the 200 breaststroke; sophomore Hanna Sandor in the 100 backstroke and first-year student Kara Osborne in the 100 fly.
After falling to the Red Devils, Franciscovich said she was excited about the way everyone swam in the first conference matchup of the season.
“We really came together as a team and discussed the things we needed to work on and what we need to focus on for Goucher and Juniata,” Franciscovich said. “Everyone stepped it up, we had some really good times from our whole team, and it was a great way to start our conference matches.”
Sandor, who was also a part of the first-place finish in the 200-medley relay, said she is excited to be back in the pool after taking a year off from swimming and having to go through the transfer process.
“It’s exciting to be back in the water,” Sandor said. “I love it because it helps me form strong relationships after only being here for a few months.”
Senior John Hughes and sophomore Mitchell Colby each earned two individual first-place finishes in the men’s first conference matchup of the season. Sophomore Grant Owens and senior Adrian Silva also had first-place victories. In addition, there were 11 second-place finishes for the Royals.
Hughes said he was proud of the way the team opened up conference competition, especially after the lost to the Red Devils.
“I think we had a great week of practice, we focused on our long events and our under waters,” Hughes said. “I think we did a great job against Goucher because we know they have a lot of good kids, a returning conference champion in the 200 fly, so we had some close races and it was a great way to start the conference schedule this year.“
Hughes said that their performance plays into some of the team’s season goals, the first of which is to be Academic All-Americans.
“Our main goal every year is to be Academic All-Americans, which we have been the last three years, and we hope to make it a fourth year,” Hughes said. “As a team, we would like to go undefeated in the conference, especially with Marywood, Catholic and Susquehanna [Universities].”
Both The University’s men’s swimming and diving team (4-1,1-0) and The University’s women’s swimming and diving team (5-1, 2-0) will travel to Ramapo College Saturday. It will be the first away competition for both teams this season.
Despite the fact that it is a nonconference matchup, Hughes said that it is important for everyone to come out strong and perform well.
“Out-of-conference games are a way to measure yourself against a team that you’re not used to their style,” Hughes said. “It’s a great way to travel, get new competition and have some exciting races.”
Franciscovich agreed that teams can get a lot from a nonconference matchup.
“It’s it good to see where you are at this point in the season for your own personal events,” Franciscovich said. “Training wise, it is good to just get out there and see what you can do against nonconference teams.”
After the matchup against Ramapo, both squads will begin preparing for the Diamond City Invitational, Nov. 23-24 at Wyoming Valley CYC, Wilkes-Barre.
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