Xavier Men's, Women's Swimming Take Third In Magnus Cup

Xavier earned its second meet record of the weekend thanks to Carolyn Stewart's effort in the 50 back.

Xavier earned its second meet record of the weekend thanks to Carolyn Stewart's effort in the 50 back.

Nov. 24, 2013

CLEVELAND - Xavier's women's swimming team made a run at second place, but settled for a third-place finish which equaled the men's showing. After trailing Cleveland State by 68 points on Saturday, the women trimmed the margin to 31 points on Sunday. Xavier's men earned 1052.5 points and were clearly the third best team.

Mackenna Rife started the women off in the 1650 free, touching second in 17:20.60. Taylor Jach (fifth/17:47.99), Mikaela Saugstad (seventh/17:58.55) and Olivia Wilkes (ninth/18:05.75) placed in the top 10 for X.

Nick Strader continued his strong start to the season with a four-place in the men's 1650. Strader finished in 15:57.72. Nick Foster (eighth/16:20.27) and Kiernan McGeehan (10th/16:29.20) also placed in the top 10.

Ashley Whitely (26.64) and Lynn Brotherton (26.91) took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 50 fly. In the men's race, Armando Moss (23.37), Erik Biernat (23.38) and Tony Miller (23.57) finished fifth, sixth and seventh in order.

The men continued in the 200 back. Athur Smith gave the team a four-place effort with a time of 1:52.55. Rodrigo Suriano (1:55.53) finished seventh in the race as well.



Molly Kroeger tacked on a third in the women's 100 free with a time of 51.77. Abbi Walsh joined Kroeger in the A-Final, touching ninth in 53.50.

Carolyn Stewart provided the women's team with its second meet record of the weekend, besting the field in the 50 back with a time of 26.02. Maddie Day broke the meet record in the 50 breast on the first day of competition. Jacquelyn Misanik (27.59) also finished fourth and Kristen Liebert (28.33) took ninth in the 50 back.

The men's team nabbed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth in the 50 back. Chad Thompson led the pack of Musketeers and was followed by Suriano (25.03), John Kinney (25.14) and Smith (25.17).

In the final event of the meet, the women's combination of Kroeger, Abbi Walsh, Day and Stewart posted a time of 3:31.16 in the 400 free relay. The time placed the women fourth. For the men, Thompson, Kinney, Suriano and Johanns touched third in 3:05.70.

A select group of Musketeers have qualified for the USA Short Course Nationals, which will be held in Knoxville, Tenn., from Dec. 5-7.