The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming and diving teams began 2012-13 in strong fashion, as the Lyons swept host Brandeis University on Saturday afternoon at the Linsey Pool. The Judges were competing for the first time since 2009-10.
The Wheaton men notched a convincing 159-97 triumph, while the women won 163-130.
Winners in seven events, the men were led by sophomore Richard Jenkins (Bow, N.H./Bow), who secured victories in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes while leading off the winning 200-yard medley relay. He notched times of 57.59 and 2:07.45 in the 100 and 200 backs, respectively.
In the relay, Jenkins was joined by senior Griffin Hanley (Andover, Mass./North Andover), junior Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, MO/Pembroke Hill School) and freshman Daniel Spencer (North Yarmouth, Maine/Greely) for a time of 1:43.52.
Freshman Jeremy Zak (Clifton, N.J./Montclair Kimberley Academy) emerged victorious during the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley events in 2:23.83 and 2:09.54, respectively.
Spencer recorded the top time of 1:54.68 in the 200-yard freestyle race, while he, Emerson Jenkins, Zak and senior Sam Neill (Ludlow, Mass./Belchertown) combined to win the 400 free relay in 3:22.94.
The Lyon women won eight times, with sophomore Cara Morris (Irvington, N.Y./Irvington) figuring in four of them, including two individual events and two relay races.
Morris posted a time of 56.80 in the 100 free and 1:03.04 during the 100 butterfly while anchoring the 400 free relay and swimming a leg on the 200 medley relay.
The 200 medley relay, which finished in 1:56.95, consisted of Morris, seniors Dana Auger (Milford, MA/Milford) andCaroline Isaacs (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty), and freshman Courtney Leach (Gilford, N.H./Gilford). Auger, Leach, Morris and freshman Helen Grant (Suffield, Conn./Loomis Chaffee School) swam 3:56.02 during the 400 free relay.
Also victorious was Auger in the 100 back (1:04.93), Grant in the 200 IM (2:23.49) and freshman Sydney Gillis (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) during a pair of one-meter diving events. She scored 155.80 points in the first win and 220.60 in the second.
Wheaton heads to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) school Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) next Saturday for the Charlie Batterman Relays at 11 a.m.
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