Washout for swim

RPI men and women’s swim and dive teams had mixed meets at WPI last weekend. The women’s team defeated both WPI and Simmons College in two dual meets, beating WPI 204-96 and crushing Simmons College 225-75. The men’s team lost, ending a 19-meet winning streak, losing for the first time since the 2015-2016 season.

The women’s team had two simultaneous dual meets, opening the day with a crushing performance in the first event of the day, the 400-medley relay. Amanda Wang ’19, Caitlyn Gardiner ’19, Shanny Lin ’18 and Jessica Sauve ’18 came in first with a time of 4:04.27, a full nine seconds ahead of the competition. Especially impressive was Gardiner’s breaststroke split, at 1:10.26. Later on, Gardiner won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.69. Rensselaer also managed the top three in event seven, with Wang pulling in first place at a time of 1:00.93, just 0.7 seconds slower than her seed time.

The men’s team saw several impressive performances, including that of Jesse Rotering ’19 who finished first in diving, and that of Noah Pan ’19 who finished first in the 200-yard backstroke. Extremely damaging to the Engineers finish was the disqualification of all swimmers in the 200-yard freestyle, which prevented the Engineers from scoring for the entirety of the event.