Even the cancellation of the Patriot League Championships couldn’t save you the Lafayette swim and dive team from breaking records.
The group concluded their 2021 season with a Senior Day domestic meet towards Lehigh closing weekend, which took place in sessions over Saturday and Sunday. Both the males and females misplaced regardless of putting a number of of recent pool and Lafayette All-Time facts.
The Leopards didn’t waste any time etching their names into the history books on Saturday, as the four hundred-backyard medley relay crew of sophomore Aaron Tupper, junior Michael Gorgan, senior Tanner McFarland and freshman Ben Arky set a brand new pool report for the occasion. The foursome finished first in three:22.85, scoring eleven points and breaking a five-year vintage document inside the procedure.
Tupper kicked off the medley relay inside the backstroke and additionally set a brand new faculty file along with his break up time of fifty.Sixty five seconds, breaking the preceding mark from 2015 with the aid of a mere 0.01 seconds. Gorgan’s breaststroke break up time of fifty four.35 seconds additionally placed him second on Lafayette’s All-Time Top 10 list for the occasion.
“A lot of what drives me is knowing that we [didn’t] have a full season,” Gorgan said. “So I have been really trying to emphasize strength schooling over staying power and aerobic training.”
It appears to be running: Gorgan later set a personal high-quality inside the 100-yard backstroke at fifty five.03 seconds, which changed into nearly 3 seconds quicker than the following closest competitor, and earned nine factors for the Leopards within the event.
The men’s crew turned into additionally supported by means of a couple of top finishes from junior Justin Lloyd, who took home first vicinity in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of one:forty.Ninety three, earning nine factors for the Leopards. Lloyd also positioned 2d in the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:49.34, good for an additional four points.
“It become top notch fun to look at people swim genuinely well, they put within the work and earned it,” Lloyd stated. “It allows every body else at the team rally round that and it allows build power and momentum for the rest of the meet.”
Tupper rounded out the primary location finishes for the men with a win in the 50-backyard freestyle in 21.33 seconds, and additionally earned 2d area within the 100-backyard backstroke in 51.Sixteen seconds, just zero.02 off the first area tempo.
The men’s crew completed the primary consultation trailing Lehigh by a score of seventy eight.50 to 61.50.
The girls’s crew came out humming for the duration of the first consultation on Saturday, taking 2nd region inside the four hundred-backyard medley. The team, inclusive of juniors Danielle Carr and Samantha Talecki and sophomores Maggie Champagne and Lindsey Monaco, finished with a time of 3:fifty eight.04. Both Carr and Champagne landed themselves at the Lafayette All-Time Top 10 list with their splits of 57.97 and 1:07.31 – true for 0.33 and 6th all time in college history, respectively. The team earned 4 points for the relay event.
Junior Tara Leininger additionally made her mark within the file books with a time of one:07.72 within the 100-yard breaststroke, the 10th quickest time in school records. Freshmen Kaley Snarr rounded out the top scorers for the women, taking domestic second within the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:fifty six.78 and incomes four points in the manner.
The women’s crew finished the first consultation trailing Lehigh 111-35, however the Leopards were no longer discouraged by way of the lopsided rating.
“I think having different teammates spoil facts [on Saturday] simply gave all of us this experience of ‘we’re nonetheless in it, we’re nevertheless competing genuinely well’ even though this season has been so one-of-a-kind from the whole lot earlier than,” Leininger said, noting that numerous of her teammates had been placed into quarantine just earlier than the meet.
Gorgan and Leininger persevered to steer the Leopards in the 2d consultation of the meet and saved on breaking information.
Gorgan competed inside the two hundred-yard breaststroke and no longer most effective won the event but additionally broke a pool document that had held considering that 2016. His very last time was 2:00.41, earning nine points for the Leopards and inking his call into second place at the Lafayette All-Time Top 10 listing.
He then went directly to win the a hundred-yard person medley (IM) in a final time of fifty one.46, which broke but every other Lafayette pool file and gave the Leopards some other 9 factors. Gorgon’s time become additionally the fastest in faculty records within the occasion, giving him any other damaged document.
“I assume the most amusing race to look at turned into Michael [Gorgan] swimming the 100 IM,” Lloyd stated. “That turned into an first-rate race and he broke a clearly speedy pull report and gained the warmth by a mile.”
Lloyd himself loved another a hit day, triumphing the five hundred-backyard freestyle in a blazing 4.33.38 to interrupt the Lafayette pool file within the event. He already holds the All-Time school document inside the 500 unfastened.
But Lloyd isn’t one to relaxation on his laurels.
“It became great to break that pool document,” Lloyd said, “But I was hoping to get both the 1000 [yard freestyle] and the five hundred [records].”
On the ladies’s side all through the second one consultation, Leininger broke more information – one in every of which she already held.
“It become probable one of the excellent meets I’ve had because I’ve been here,” Leininger stated.
She positioned first in the 2 hundred-yard breaststroke with a time of two.21.Ninety, breaking her personal faculty record that she set three weeks ago at the April Pool’s Day meet. The 2d college report came within the one hundred-backyard character medley with a time of 1:00.86. Although Leininger completed 2nd within the race, she notched herself another rung within the Lafayette history books.
“I just clearly desired to have a good race,” Leininger said. “I become zoned in on looking to have the satisfactory race I could have and no longer getting caught up in all of the pleasure.”
Lafayette finished 2d in the meet; the men misplaced a hundred and seventy.50-116.50 and the women lost 217-69. However, the season finale presented a hopeful step in the right course as many more youthful swimmers showcased the future of Leopard swimming and diving.
In addition to their skills, the group participants have gotten closer for the duration of an unorthodox spring season.
“I think we’ve a totally tightly-knit team despite COVID,” Gorgan stated. “Even the newbies were without delay incorporated into the group. It is tough because we are able to’t convene due to the suggestions, but I’m actually happy with how close we are.”
Due to the pandemic, the Patriot League Championship meet turned into canceled in early April. The ten seniors at the team, six ladies and 4 guys, have had seasons tormented by the pandemic and feature remained leaders via it all. The crew turned into understandably disenchanted, but they didn’t allow it get to them.
“Our seniors have committed the entirety they’d and greater over the past four years,” said head train Jim Daley in an interview with GoLeopards.Com. “They led by way of example and have been extremely good role models. This closing year and quick season turned into immensely chaotic, and they led the team thru it.”