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aerodomer

Patriot League Swim Championships

The team swam well at a very fast championship meet.  There were nine school records set, five on the women's side and four on the men's, and 49 new performances in the all-time top 10.

Records
1. Men's 200 medley relay: Evan Newbold, Greg Grewal, Christopher Wickwire and Robert Lowery, 1:31.84.
2. Women’s 800 free relay: Sydney Wight, Jane Kuntz, Isabella Walko and Megan Kaveney, 7:41.98.
3. Women’s 200 free relay: Megan Kaveney, Caroline Kearney, Sydney Wight and Jane Kuntz, 1:36.06.
4. Men’s 100 breaststroke: Greg Grewal was the Leopards' top overall finisher, scoring 17 points for the Maroon and White when he took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke. His time of 54.28 broke Andrew Rutherfurd's 23-year old mark of 54.44.
5. Men’s 400 medley relay: Evan Newbold, Greg Grewal, Christopher Wickwire, and Robert Lowery, 3:20.06.
6. Men’s 100 backstroke: Evan Newbold swam a prelim time of 50.66, and made the B final.
7. Women’s 400 medley relay: Sydney Wight, Jane Kuntz, Jaclyn Andrews and Megan Kaveney, 3:52.37.
8. Women’s 100 butterfly: Jaclyn Andrews finished seventh in the 100 butterfly in 56:43. Her preliminary swim of 56:02 established a new school record earlier in the day, beating her own time from the Lehigh meet on Nov. 21.
9. Women’s 400 free relay: Megan Kaveney, Jane Kuntz, Jacqueline Johnson, and Sydney Wight, 2:32.06.

Other finalists:
Greg Grewal placed 10th in the 200 breaststroke
Jaclyn Andrews placed 13th in the 200 butterfly
Christopher Wickwire placed 9th in the 100 butterfly
Sam Haines placed 16th place in the 100 butterfly and 15th in the 200 butterfly in 1:52.96.
NewXbo

Kudos to the swimmers for their record setting performances. But the real story here is our facility. Not one home competition, everything on the road. Why? Because our facility is inadequate. Sure its fine for the faculty members who want to swim there but it is not adequate for multiple team competition.

The two facilities that need to be addressed are the swimming pool and the indoor track and field facility.  New facilities for these sports should be a priority. A swimming facility like Bucknell's should be the minimum. A facility that could host the league championship and host multiple team competition.

A new field house should not be just another big space. It should have banked turns and unlike the "improvements" made at Lehigh it should have seating where you can actually watch the competition. It should be a facility that could be used by softball, baseball, lacrosse, and field hockey when outside facilities are not useable. We currently can't even host a track competition in Kirby because the "track" is not legal.

A new track and field facility would also free up the back half of Kirby for a dedicated volleyball court thereby allowing two sports to practice at the same time.
leopard88

I remember Lafayette hosting the ECC championship back in the 80s.  Has the sport changed really so much since then that the natatorium is no longer adequate to host the PL championship?
pardfan

I could be wrong on this; but, as I recall... someone (at the facility) told me yrs ago that the pool lanes aren't long enough.
aerodomer

We used to swim against Stony Brook for a home meet every year, and we alternate with Lehigh.  I think SB dropped their program though, and we haven't replaced them.  Next 2 years we have Lehigh at home because our home meet this year was in NYC the night before 150.

For dual meets, the pool is fine.  Three teams would be pushing it.  A facility like Bucknell's would be awesome.  There would be high demand for a 50 meter pool.  I've heard that an alumnus was willing to donate to get a better pool built (though not as nice as Bucknell), but that the school turned him down.  But I have no details.  Apparently there are minor updates scheduled.

The other story is lack of support: no scholarships (8/10 schools in PL have them, I think), no extra money to help kids with some need (taken away when football scholarships were added, I heard), no budge on admissions (several 3.8 GPA swimmers with good test scores rejected in the past few years).

As for hosting Patriots, even Bucknell's place was bursting at the seams.  Adding Boston and Loyola 2 years ago didn't help at all.  They had to limit tickets to 50 per team.  When you bring 36 swimmers per team, that's a problem.

Never heard about short pool lanes.  I'll ask.
pardfan

During that same conversation about pool length, I definitely recall that person's mentioning a big bucks alum (who made his money from owning Snapple) wanting to improve the facility.  The guy was one of the best swimmers Lafayette ever had.  Class of '70, I think. (I'm '71.) Probably shouldn't mention his name although with Google....  I guess nothing came of it in any regard.
aerodomer

That's the one I heard also, pardfan.
Lafalum

aerodomer wrote:
 I've heard that an alumnus was willing to donate to get a better pool built (though not as nice as Bucknell), but that the school turned him down.  But I have no details.  Apparently there are minor updates scheduled.

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This is the third story I have now heard about turning down money by the school for athletics. ( By the Weiss administration.)  I have heard first hand from another alumnus who had a project in mind …never called back..
NewXbo

So what, if anything, is the current administration doing?
pardfan

I'm a little bit sympathetic to the College on that score.  Given where the stock mkt is, it's not impossible to find alumni with 5 or 10 mln to blow on a building or renovation. Trouble is:  the project has to be "front and center"
(placing that new building RIGHT NEXT TO Zeta Psi thereby making an already crowded College Hill even more so) or it has to be exactly what the donor wants and not necessarily what the College needs
(the talk about a rowing facility out at Metzgar).  The College has to show some discipline on stuff like that.  Our biggest advantage right now is that the Kirby name is on the door of the Field House.  We have already convinced them that the basketball court needed sprucing up.  Heck, they probably don't even know that there are issues pertaining to the track and pool.
ed65

Lafalum wrote:
aerodomer wrote:
 I've heard that an alumnus was willing to donate to get a better pool built (though not as nice as Bucknell), but that the school turned him down.  But I have no details.  Apparently there are minor updates scheduled.

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This is the third story I have now heard about turning down money by the school for athletics. ( By the Weiss administration.)  I have heard first hand from another alumnus who had a project in mind …never called back..


It is not at all surprising that Weiss would do this.  He simply doesn't "get" D-1 Sports.

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