Nick Strader staked claim to a first- and second-place finish in his first collegiate race.
Sept. 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - In the first meet of the season, the Xavier University men's and women's swimming teams swam well at the Butler Fall Invitational.
"This meet was about 2-3 weeks earlier than we usually begin competition and it showed at times, but there were a lot of bright spots out there," said head coach Brent MacDonald. "Nick Strader(1000) and Rodrigo Suriano(100 Free) won their first college events. Our relays were strong and on the front and back end and we got to know how our freshman would respond to a meet environment. It's back to work now as we prepare for the nationally ranked men's and women's teams of the University of Louisville on October 12th. "
Sophomore Mackenna Rife started the 2013-14 season on a strong note, winning the 1000 free in 10:51.17. Fellow Musketeers Emily Wagner and Heidi Turner, both freshman, took third and fourth in the event.
Claire Brolsma gave XU its second victory, touching with a time of 25.17 in the 50 free.
Xavier owned the 200 backstroke, claiming the top four spots in the race. Carolyn Stewart led the charge, finishing in 2:09.50. Jacquelyn Misanik (2.12.59), Kristen Liebert (2:13.12) and Emily Wagner (2:13.66) took the next three spots in order.
XU also faired well in the relays. Stewart, Brolsma, Walsh and Kroeger combined for a second-place finish in the 400 free relay. The women also claimed both second and third in the 400 medley relay, with Stewart, Maddie Day, Ashley Whiteley and Molly Kroeger taking second in 4:05.12. Misanik, Haley Dresner, Sarah Stone and Liebert swam the event in 4:07.31.
In his first event at the collegiate level, Strader won the 1000 free, clocking a time of 9:56.72. Junior Armando Moss (21.57) and sophomore Luke Johanns (21.67) finished second and third, respectively, in the men's 500 free. Strader later added a second-place showing in the 500 free (4:49.79).
Suriano joined fellow freshman Strader in the win column in his first event. Suriano won the 100 free in 47.62. Moss (47.93) helped the Musketeers with a four-place showing in the event.
Moss, Suriano, Johanns and Eric Dirvin combined to give the Musketeers a victory in the 400 free relay, finishing with a time of 3:08.28.