SWIM 11.20.19

Swimming Completes 3-0 Weekend

The Monmouth men’s and women’s swim teams won their meets when they faced off against Manhattan on Saturday, Nov. 16. The men defeated the Manhattan Jaspers easily by a score of 163 to 94. The women won by an even wider margin of 194-52.

The women also won against Siena College at Steadman Natatorium in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The women fought to beat Siena by a close score of 137-124.

The men improve to 5-1 after the victory over the Jaspers while the women’s record now stands at 4-3.

After a strong week of practice, Hawks’ head coach Matt Nunnally was pleased with how his swimmers have performed so far this season.

“The team continues to make steady positive progress,” said Coach Nunnally. “Even with a tough week of training leading into the meet the team showed a lot of toughness throughout by winning the close races and putting the score out of reach.”

Among the standout performers for the men on Saturday was sophomore Callan Smith. He won the 200 free, 200 back, as well as the 500 free. With that trifecta, Smith now has nine first place finishes this year, and a total of 40 in his Monmouth Hawk career.

Junior Trevor Askew won the 200 breast for his tenth victory of the season. He now owns an impressive 16 wins in his Hawks career.

It was a big day for three Monmouth freshman at Steadman Natatorium. Blake Reynolds won the 50 free and the 100 fly, which give him eight victories so far in 2019. Thomas From notched his 6th win of the year in the 100 free. Dylan Edge came in first place in the 100 back and the 200 fly for a grand total of six wins on the year.

The men also came up victorious in the 400-yard medley relay. Edge, Askew, Reynolds and junior Valance Washington combined for the victory.

As for the Lady Hawks, freshman Tahlia Botha led the way with three individual victories. She came in first place for the 100 breast, 200 breast and the 200 individual medley. She now has a total of 12 victories for the season.

Also on the women’s side, freshman Alexandra Ho posted three wins giving her eight on the year. She placed first in the 50 free, 100 free and the 200 free.

Sophomore Camryn McHugh posted victories in the 100 back and the 100 fly. The two wins give her a total of eight for the 2019 season. She now owns 31 victories swimming at Monmouth.

In addition to the three victories, Monmouth swimming set a few personal records on Saturday. Ho posted her best time in the 50-yard freestyle, winning in 24.74. Edge set a record time of 52.06 during his victory in the 100-yard backstroke race. Thomas From posted a personal best time of 47.87 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Monmouth returns home to Steadman Natatorium on Friday, Nov. 22, to face off against St. Francis Brooklyn with the meet beginning at 6:00 p.m.

PHOTO TAKEN by Karlee Sell