By Alex Billington
Assistant Sports Editor
On Saturday, Jan. 24, the swimming team produced a magnificent 141-121 win against Wagner College. The day to remember for the seniors saw seven new pool records and nine NCAA qualifying times.
The first event provided an explosive start, as the four woman relay combo of senior back Johanna Pettersson, senior breast Caroline Rademacher, junior fly Joyce Kwok, and junior back Meghan Brazier flew to a new pool record and NCAA qualifying time of 1:44.53 in the 200-yard medley relay.
The Pioneers did not want to let the tremendous start go to waste, so in true Green and Gold fashion, they continued to rip through race after race, record after record. Petterson shined again later in the day, breaking a Natatorium record and another NCAA qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke. Petterson didn’t stop there, as she broke another record in the 200-yard backstroke. “I felt really good going into the meet,” Petterson said. “After our training trip to Puerto Rico there was a great vibe amongst the group, that combined with all the hard work we put in the last couple of weeks is why I think we saw so many great swims.”
Fellow senior Rademacher also had a successful senior day, breaking a pool record in the 200 yard breaststroke. “Senior day is bittersweet,” Rademacher said. “It’s a day us seniors are celebrated by our amazing teammates, but it also begins to mark the end of what has been a truly memorable collegiate career” Rademacher added.
Kwok, a two time NCAA champion, also got in on the action by posting a time of 54.88 in the butterfly, which, to fit in with the days theme, also broke a pool record.
After an evidently productive training trip to Puerto Rico, the day proved both exciting and memorable for the Pioneer squad. The team is next in action on Saturday, Jan. 31, when they travel to Pennsylvania for the East Stroudsburg Invitational.
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