NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Despite a pair of wins in the meet’s last two events, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Iona College men’s and women’s swimming & diving team both lost on the road at Bryant .
The women dropped a 162-100 decision and evened their season mark at 3-3. The men suffered their first loss of the season, 146-116 and stand at 3-1.
The meet, held at the Chase Center on the Smithfield, Rhode Island campus saw the Gaels win eight individual events and the final two relay races on the day.
On the women’s side senior co-captain, MaryEllen Mangione touched first in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:28.72 and in 200-yard individual medley at 2:15.61 and was the Gaels only double winner of the day. Freshman Jessica Schmidt added a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.91.
The men picked up five wins with the junior class gaining three. Collin Purrman took the 1000-yard freestyle at 10:05.82; Dylan Mechanic claimed the 200-yard butterfly at 2:01.21; and Matthew Rothman touched first in the 50-yard freestyle at 22.04. For the other two victories, sophomore Christian Foti won the 100-yard freestyle at 48.67 and freshman Matthew Bosse took the 200-yard backstroke in 1:59.55.
Schmidt combined with senior Leigh Musselman, sophomore Elizabeth Kaczmarek and Junior Katie Nevin for a .32 second victory over Bryant at 3:40.39 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The men’s quartet of Rothman, freshmen Jimmy Barnola and Jude Zamora and anchor Foti won at 3:14.76.
“We competed very well today in both meets and where we had some very good races, we did not get the final results we wanted,” said head coach Nick Cavataro. “Give Bryant credit, they were very aggressive and jumped out to an early lead almost every race and we couldn’t catch them. We have some things to work on.”
Both teams return to action Nov. 13 for the first-ever dual meet against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member, Monmouth at the Hynes Athletics Center. The following day, the Gaels travel to the Bronx to square off against MAAC-rival Manhattan.