Men’s Swimming and Diving
The Vassar College men’s swimming and diving team started off its season with a fourth place finish at the Union College Relays this Saturday afternoon October 26. The team was particularly pleased with their defeat of SUNY New Paltz whom they will face once again in late November. Top performances include two of the relay teams. The first was the 400 Yard Medley Relay that finished 3rd overall composed of junior Luc Amodio and freshmen Patrick Lai, Anthony Walker and Vincent Palladino. The 400 Freestyle relay team of Walker, sophomore Isiah Hale, Amodio and freshman Chris Cerutti also took 3rd. Senior John Nguyen was the sole diver for the men’s team. He took fourth place on the 1-meter board having taken all 11 dives by himself. The 300 Backstroke, 300 Breaststroke, 600 Yard Medley and 200 IM Relay teams all took 4th place. The men will next swim at the Alumni Meet, which will take place at Vassar College on November 2 at 10 a.m. They will compete against Skidmore College on November 9 in Saratoga Springs, NY at 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
The Brewer women also competed at the Union College Relays on Saturday. They came in 5th overall. Highlights of the day included the 3×100 Yard Backstroke Relay team composed of three sophomores Marie Schmidt, Anna Kuo and Mariam Poumaleki. The team placed third overall. Freshman Julia Cunningham swam a split of 59.42 during her leg of the 3×100 Butterfly relay, just .26 shy of the school record in the 100 Yard Butterfly. The diving team of juniors Kelly Wilkinson and Karlin Gatton along with sophomores Alison Sagliocca and Maya Pruitt all competed in the diving relays on both the one and the three meter boards. Wilkinson and Gatton combined their 11 dives for a 3rd place finish, and Sagliocca and Pruitt followed closely as the exhibition. The 400 Medley, 500 Freestyle Crescendo, 200 Freestyle and 600 Yard Medley 200 IM Relay all took 4th place. The women’s swimming team will also swim at the Alumni meet at Vassar College, and will compete against Skidmore College on November 9 at 1 p.m.
The women’s soccer team went 1-1 this week. The first game was a tough road loss against William Smith College, falling 5-1. Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Tapolsky had four saves for the Brewers while junior Chloe Wheeler managed to score the Brewers’ lone goal. The Brewers quickly rebounded from Wednesday night’s loss and came out strong on Saturday against Liberty League foe Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Freshman Emily Krebs notched the game-winning goal against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to propel the Brewers to a 1-0 win. On October 29, the women played at Bard College with a 5-1 win. Sophomore Kamaria Coley had a hat trick, while freshman Jordyn Matthews and junior Kelsey Dombs scored the other two goals.
The men’s soccer team also faced Liberty League foe Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The men fell just short of the win and tied RPI 0-0. But the bright spot on the day was the performance of senior Goalkeeper Ryan Grimme. Grimme was faced with 22 overall shots with 11 on goal. He made all 11 saves for the shutout setting not only a season high but also a collegiate career high 11 saves. Three of Grimme’s saves came during the overtime period. Sophomore Nathaniel Gunderson lead RPI with six shots, two on goal while junior co-captain Matt Koziol also had two out of his four shots on goal. Junior Tom Wiechert had three shots with one on goal. Sophomore Cosmo Veneziale had two shots of his own. The Brewer offense fired 12 shots with three on goal against RPI’s Rob Dewald. Vassar received 16 fouls while RPI totaled 14 and both teams received yellow cards.
The Brewer women’s volleyball team traveled over to Connecticut College for a non-conference tri-match on October 26. The Brewers first faced host Connecticut College. The matchup was marked with consistent and balanced hitting from Vassar. Freshman Gabby Miller had 12 kills and five digs, junior Taylor Mosley had 10 kills and seven digs, junior Clara Cardillo had 10 kills on 16 swings along with two blocks, Senior Jessie Ditmore had six kills and five digs, and sophomore Chloe Hallum had 29 digs. Senior Setter Rose Carmen had 35 assists and seven digs in the game. The Brewers fell to United States Coast Guard Academy in five during their second match. Vassar hit over .300 in each of the set wins. Mosley had 15 kills and 10 digs, Miller had 11 kills and 11 digs, Cardillo had 13 kills and no errors, junior hitter Marie Pitre had 10 kills, Ditmore had nine, Hallum had 22 digs and Carmen had 49 helpers, six digs and three service aces. Women’s Volleyball will compete against the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on November 2 at home.