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Women’s Swimming Prepares for Season’s Big Splash

By Maxime Devillaz

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the women’s swimming team showed precise form ahead of the upcoming Metropolitan Conference Championships, winning five out of seven events at the NYU Invitational, which was held at the Coles Sports Center.

The day started off with a team win for the Green Machine. The Pioneer squad raced to a time of 1:48.95 in the 200-yard medley relay, with three of the swimmers under 30 seconds.

Senior Carolin Rademacher continued in winning ways with back-to-back first-spots. Rademacher won her first event in the 400-yard individual relay with a time of 4:34.45, and touched the pad at 1:06.20 for the 100-yard breaststroke to secure the second. Freshman Erika Hultman swam in at third place in the latter stanza.

The Pioneers grabbed three top-four spots in the 100-yard butterfly. Junior Joyce Kwok bested the event with a time of 58.02, with freshman Laura Bendfeldt less than two seconds after. Junior Marthe Soerensen earned fourth place at 1:02.78.

LIU Post doubled up in the 100-yard backstroke, as well, with senior Johanna Petterson hitting the pad first at 58.49 and junior Meghan Brazier finishing second at 59.31.

Senior Courtney Delehanty added on a fourth-place mention in the 200-yard freestyle relay to the Pioneer account before the day was over.

The Green and Gold finished off with a second place in the 800- yard freestyle relay, as the top distance squad swam the feat at a time of 8:05.54.

Head Coach Maureen Travers and the Pioneers return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 20, when they will defend their conference title at the Metropolitan Conference Championships in Piscataway, N.J. After that, the National Championships await for a group of swimmers in Indianapolis, In.

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