The Drexel University women’s swimming team competed at the Patriot Invitational Nov. 16-18. They earned second place out of seven teams. The Dragons finished with a score of 756.50 behind first place winners University of North Carolina Wilmington with 850 points.
The rest of the competitors finished in the following order: Florida Atlantic University in third, followed by Seton Hall University, George Mason University, Richmond University, University of Maryland in Baltimore County, American University and Shippensburg University.
On the first day of competition, the women earned a first place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. Sophomore Alexa Kutch, freshman Gabrielle Rudy, junior Charlotte Myers and senior Tanja Kirmse finished with a time of 3:44.19. Individually, Kirmse secured a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:53.31, while Rudy earned second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:05.22. The Dragons placed third in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.00. Alicia Diaz earned third place in the 200-yard IM.
Friday, the second day of competition, the Dragons earned three first place finishes and two second place finishes.
In the 200-yard medley relay, Kutch, Rudy, sophomore Hollie Hopf and freshman Victoria Palochik teamed up for a 1:42.40 finish. Rudy earned first place in the 100-yard breastroke in an individual effort with a final time of 1:03.00. Kutch earned another first place finish for Drexel in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 53.16.
Kirmse secured second place in the 200-yard free. She finished with a time of 1:49.78, a Drexel team record. Diaz would finish second in the 100-yard back.
On the final day of competition, the women earned a first-place, three second-place and one third-place finishes.
Kutch earned the first place finish for the Dragons in the 200-yard back with a time of 1:55.87. Diaz and Kirmse finished second place in the 200-yard back and 200-yard butterfly, respectively. Kirmse set a new team record for the 200-yard fly with a 2:00.34 time. The 400-yard medley relay team also finished in second place. Rudy would earn a third place finish for Drexel in the 200-yard breast.
The Drexel men’s team had a great performance, finishing in first place at the Patriot Invitational. They finished with a score of 779. UNCW and George Mason followed behind them for second and third place.
On the first day of competition, sophomore Jason Arthur earned first place for the Dragons in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:49.09. Junior Patrick Cobb earned second place in the 500-yard free. In diving, sophomore Anthony Musciano earned second place in the one-meter dive. The Dragons also had some third place finishes. They finished with a time of 1:22.75 in the 200-yard free relay. Junior Luke Hanner earned third in the 500-yard free, while senior Simon Carne tied at third for the one-meter dive.
On the second day of competition, the Dragons brought home three first place victories. Freshman Kiran Richardson finished first in the 200-yard free. Junior Ralph Cannarozzi III earned first in 100-yard breast, while Arthur finished with a 49.35 in the 100-yard back time for first.
The 800-yard relay team of Hanner, Cobb, sophomore Stathis Malamas and Richardson earned second place. Carne earned second for the three-meter dive.
The 200-yard medley relay team earned third place. Malamas and junior Joseph Brown got third place in the 200-yard free and 100-yard breast, respectively. Musciano got third in the three-meter dive.
On the final day of competition to secure first place, Drexel earned two first place finishes, one second place, and one third place. Arthur and Brown got first in the 200-yard back and 200-yard breast respectively. The 400-yard free relay team placed second with a time of 3:01.28. Malamas finished the 100-yard free in third place.
The Dragons will return to action at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament will take place Nov. 30-Dec. 2.