Think it’s too cold to swim? Think again. The Ranger swim team took to the waters for its annual three-day long Ranger Invitational this weekend. Among the competition were cross-town rival Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as Sarah Lawrence College. Despite the festivities of Holiday Ball on Saturday, the men’s swim team was not deterred as they emerged from the waters victorious, amassing a total of 342 points from all competitions over the three day event.
The men had a clean sweep in all relay events and set new records as well. One standout performance of the weekend was from Conor Burnett (’16), who took first in the 500 freestyle, the 200 yard freestyle and the 200 yard backstroke. He also set an event record in the 500 yard freestyle, clocking in at 2:10.33. Experience also played an important part to the Rangers success, with Thomas Diguglielmo (’14) claiming first place in the 200 yard IM, the 100 yard breaststroke and the 200 yard breaststroke. Not to be outdone, he also set a meet record in the 100, and in the 400 yard individual medley, clocking in at 4:42.33. The women’s swim team failed to claim victory in the invitational, however, falling 31 points short of Sarah Lawrence College’s 246. The team amassed a total of 215 points. The competition included The College of Saint Elizabeth scoring 164 points, Fairleigh Dickinson University scoring 96 points, Post University scoring 64 points and the College of New Rochelle amassing a meager 14 points.
The Ranger women won three team events: the 200 yard freestyle relay, the 400 yard medley and the 200 medley. On the individual side, Mariel Schwinger (’14) placed first in the 200 yard freestyle, 500 yard freestyle and the 1650 yard freestyle.
Thus ends the regular competition for the remainder of the calendar year for the swimming team. The next event will take place next semester in January.