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Swimming falls for first time this season, dropping dual-meet to Eagles

Swimming falls for first time this season, dropping dual-meet to Eagles

ARLINGTON, Va.— The Marymount (Va.) University men and women's swimming teams fell short against the Capital Athletic Conference reigning champions, the University of Mary Washington, on Saturday afternoon, dropping just their first meet of the season. 

Men's Team

The Saints came up short, 157-75, against the Eagles.

The men started and ended the meet in a similar fashion by taking second in the relay races. The squad in the 200-yard medley relay consisted of seniors Tyler HayesJames Gibbons, and William Bryan, and sophomore Isaiah Jones, clocking a time of 1:39.10. Hayes, Gibbons, Bryan, and Jones competed in the 200-yard free relay (1:28.68) to clench a second-place finish to cap off the day.

Hayes pieced together an impressive performance to lead the men's squad on the afternoon. Hayes took one of the few top finishes for the men in the 50-yard free after touching the wall at 22.18. The first-place finish places him sixth on the program's all-time record list, just two seconds behind his career best.

Jones took first in the 100-yard free with a time of 49.48, less than a second shy of notching a spot on the program's all-time record list. 

Freshman Zachary Payne notched two second-place finishes in the 200-yard IM (2:04.91) and the 200-yard free (1:51.43). Bryan clocked a time of 1:01.41 in the 100-yard breast to place second.

Women's Team

The women dropped the meet against the Eagles, 155-76.

Junior Morgan Alston, who paced the Saints with three second-place finishes on the day, was all over the top-10 list in program history. She started off the day with a 1:01.50 time in the 100-yard back, less than a second behind her personal best time at sixth in program history. She followed up with an improved personal time in the 200-yard back, moving her into fifth place with a clocked time of 2:14.55. Her final individual race, the 200-yard IM in which she holds the current program record of 2:07.71, she touched the wall in 2:15.54, still a good enough time for the top-eight in program history. 

Sophomore Claire Cassidy took second in the 200-yard fly (2:20.60), just half a second behind the top finisher. Cassidy's finish places her sixth on the program's all-time record list in the 200-yard fly. Sophomore Taylor Plumley took second in the 500- and 1000-yard free with times of 5:44.93 and 11:43.71, respectively.

In a close finish, freshman Jessie Bricker placed second in the 200-yard free after touching the wall at 2:01.89. Freshman Hayley Elizondo also placed second in the 200-yard breast (2:35.28).

Both squads will host Randolph-Macon College at home on Saturday, November 19 for their next meet. First race is slated for 2 p.m., in the Rose Bente Lee Center.