Rensselaer swimming and diving took on Hamilton College in their final regular meet of the season on Saturday, January 31. In a show of end-of-season practice and conditioning, the Engineers outpaced the Continentals in both the men’s and women’s contests, 170-128 and 177-123, respectively.
Rensselaer dominated diving, with no Hamilton competitor achieving a higher placement than fourth. For women’s diving, junior Maggie Cullanther lead the competition, scoring top place in one meter with a score of 249.80 and again first in three meter with a score of 268.00. She was followed closely behind by junior Maddie Miller, in second scoring 236.20 and 251.10, respectively. Sophomore Kathryn Liotta rounded out the Engineers’ dominant women’s dive squad, placing third in both competitions. In men’s diving, senior Miguel Hummel won both of the one and three meter competitions. He was also closely followed by a fellow teammate, freshman Rob Evans, who placed second in both the one meter and three meter contests.
In swimming competition, numerous strong performances occurred. Junior Adam Kalish sprinted to a 21.78 second victory in the men’s 50 yard freestyle. He went on to finish first in the 100 yard freestyle at 48.30. His butterfly also took top spots, with his 22.94 second 50 yard butterfly in the 200 yard medley relay being key toward Rensselaer’s first place showing in that race. He later proved himself individually with a 52.43 second 100 yard butterfly.
Freshman Danielle Sauve had an excellent day in her freestyle races, placing first in the women’s 200 yard freestyle at 1:58.62. She performed in the women’s 100 yard freestyle, again claiming first at 53.65 seconds. Her versatility in both shorter freestyle distances and medium distances was demonstrated in her later 5:19.94 victory in the 500 yard freestyle. She finished her competition for the day by starting the 400 yard freestyle relay in the lead.
These two individuals were exemplary of the strong showing by numerous individuals throughout the roster. Both teams will continue to prepare for and eventually face their final scheduled meet of the season, the New York State Championships, from February 18 to February 21 in Webster, N.Y.