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Saints conquer Bison in dual meet to open season 2-0

Saints conquer Bison in dual meet to open season 2-0

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Marymount (Va.) University men and women's swimming teams conquered Gallaudet University on Friday night, as both teams open up the 2016-17 season at 2-0 entering their first home meet on Saturday afternoon against the University of Mary Washington. 

Men's Team

The men's squad dominated in competition, defeating the Bison 119-63. The men got things started in event one taking first in the 200-yard medley relay after touching the wall at 1:44.63. The team was composed of senior James Gibbons, sophomores Isaiah Jones and Trey Brown, and freshman Tedd Pham.

Gibbons and Pham, who each took first in their respected events, paced the Saints in their individual events. Gibbons placed first in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.09, while Pham also competed in the 100-yard fly to take first in 55.70. 

Junior Shaka Kuykendall took first in the 200-yard free after touching the wall at 1:59.61. Freshman Zachary Payne kept the streak going with a first-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:07.27). Freshman Shane Kordalski notched another top finish for the Saints in the 100-yard free (52.60). Jones added a top-place finish in the 100-yard back with a time of 1:00.50. In the 500-yard free, sophomore Jonathan Mobley placed first after touching the wall at 5:41.01.

Women's Team

The women's squad won, 116-81, over the Bison, kicking off the evening with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Junior Kristen Kilroy, sophomore Claire Cassidy, and freshmen Grace Lesce and Jessie Bricker competed together for the top finish. 

Bricker pieced together an impressive performance, putting in work in the 100-yard fly to notch another first-place finish after touching the wall at 1:03.92. 

Junior Marisol Rivera took first place in the 200-yard free with a time of 2:12.85. Freshman Hayley Elizondo touched the wall at 26.36 to take first in the 50-yard free. Senior Kassidy Schmidt dominated in the 200-yard IM by taking first, several seconds ahead of the next finisher with a time of 2:29.90. 

Sophomore Anastasia DeMaso added nine points to the board with a first-place finish in the 100-yard free (1:00.98). In the 100-yard back, Cassidy notched a top-place finish with a time of 1:05.77. Sophomore Taylor Plumley crushed the competition in the 500-yard free, beating the next contender by almost a minute with a time of 5:43.53.

The Saints will open at home to host Capital Athletic Conference  Mary Washington on Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m.