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Men and Women’s Swim Break Program Records in CAA Championship

The Monmouth University Men and Women’s Swim Team competed in the CAA Championships at the Hampton Aquaplex in Hampton, Virginia, to complete their 2023-24 season.

Over the course of four days, the men’s and women’s teams combined to set seven school records and a multitude of personal bests.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, fifth-year Cole Dyson, graduate student Thomas Svane-From, sophomore Kacper Sobieszuk, and freshman Ziv Cohen set the first school record in the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay where they finished with a time of 6:39.43. This was not the only time these men saw success in this CAA Championship. Dyson advanced to the B Final in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, Feb. 29 with a time of 4:29.14. Dyson alongside Svane-From went on to advance to the A and B finals for the 200-yard freestyle on Friday, Mar. 1, where Svane-From finished in 1:38.38, coming in eighth place in the A final.

On Thursday, sophomore Owen Dyson finished the 50-yard freestyle in 20.52, which qualified him for the B Final. Dyson placed first in the B final, where he broke a Monmouth record finishing in 20.36. He later set a new program record for the 400-yard medley, with his team of senior Gavin Loughlin, graduate student Blake Reynolds, and Svane-From with a time of 3:18.55.

Juniors Jensen Ritter and Kristen Gullickson advanced to the C Final for the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, finishing in 4:59.97 and 5:04.23, respectively. Gullickson advanced to the C Final on Friday, this time alongside sophomore Bailey Rynkiewicz for the 400-yard IM. Rynkiewicz finished in 4:33.98 while Gullickson set a then-school record in 4:31.70. That night, Gullickson finished in 4:30.38, to break her own program record.

Sophomore Isabella Aguanno advanced to the C Final on Friday, as well, in the 100-yard breaststroke. Aguanno swam a 1:06.49 in prelims, and 1:06.39 later that night.

Sophomore Jenna Pryne qualified for the 200-yard IM C Final on Thursday where she finished with a Monmouth record-breaking time of 2:06.04. In the 100-yard backstroke, Pryne finished in 56.95 while Owen Dyson finished in 47.81 to qualify them for the C and A Final, respectively. Dyson placed seventh in the A Final with a time of 48.10.

As Saturday rolled around, the Hawks continued to soar, setting even more program records. Svane-From swam the 100-yard freestyle with a Monmouth record-breaking time of 44.98, to send him to the B Finals. Freshman Trevor Nolan briefly held the team record, finishing the 100-yard freestyle in 44.99, just before Svane-From, but still holding a spot in the B Finals.

Sobieszuk and fifth year Dylan Edge both swam the 200-yard butterfly, Sobieszuk finishing in 1:49.17, to secure a spot in the A Finals and Edge finishing in 1:49.80 to qualify for the B Finals. Sobieszuk went on to place seventh overall with a time of 1:50.41.

Pryne continued the Hawks success, qualifying for the B Final in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.13.

Edge and Owen Dyson qualified for the B Final in the 200-yard backstroke event, with times of 1:47.85 and 1:48.43 that ultimately advanced them to finals.

Aguanno qualified for her second C Final in the 200-yard breaststroke, and a time of 2:21.83 that advanced her to the finals.

This ended the Hawks’ 2023-24 season on a great note.