The Rensselaer men’s swimming and diving team capped their season with a victory against Hamilton College on Saturday, January 30, finishing with the second largest margin of any meet held this season. Since winning 191-101, the team has been preparing for the New York State Championship Trials, which will be held from next Wednesday through Saturday at Ithaca College.
The women’s team, which also defeated Hamilton College, 179-121, is likewise readying to compete in the trials. Before the trials, divers were planning to compete at the RPI Diving Invitational, scheduled to happen on Saturday; however, the event was canceled.
Noteworthy performances came from six women in several events. Sophomore Shanny Lin captured the 100 and 200 butterflies and the 100 and 200 backstrokes. She was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay team, which also included freshman Amanda Wang, sophomore Jessica Sauve, and junior Siena Sara. Sauve took the 400 individual medley and her sister, sophomore Danielle Sauve, won the 200 and 500 freestyles. Sara captured 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Senior Maddie Miller won in both diving events: the 1 meter and 3 meter.
For the men, freshman Stuart Stritzel finished first in four events: the 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 400 free relay. Classmate Noah Pan joined Strizel on the medley team along with junior Richard Dong and senior A.J. Shick. Pan won the 100 and 200 backstrokes as well. Dong won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Freshman Dan Hendricks touched the wall first in the 1000 freestyle and the 500 free.