Heading into their next meet against George Washington University Nov. 5, the Drexel University swimming and diving teams had opposing results.
The Drexel men’s swimming team defeated La Salle University 185.5 to 110.5. A trio of freshman who earned first-place finishes will look to continue their winning ways against George Washington.
In the La Salle meet, freshman Andrew Reimon won the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:07.49 and came in second in the 200-meter individual medley. Reimon’s teammate, freshman Chad Schmidt, captured the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 1:59.38. Freshman Aleksandr Galinskiy captured the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:43.19. He also won the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 47.22. Galinskiy’s third victory took place when he took part in the 400-meter freestyle relay, which included freshmen Michael Krohn and Alex Chialastri and sophomore Alex Bagshaw.
“The team is looking great,” head coach Shawn Markey said. “Championships are our goal. Winning dual meets are fun, but our goal is to win championships.”
With the way that the freshmen on the men’s team are contributing, a championship could be in their near future.
While the men enjoyed a victory in the meet against La Salle, the women lost. They will look to change that in their upcoming meet against George Washington.
The relay team of freshmen Karen Duggan and Jessica Gidzinski, junior Lauren Faykes, and senior Devina Tyagi broke the Drexel pool record for the 200-meter medley relay. The previous record, which stood since 1990, was 1:49.82. The new time currently stands at 1:49.80. Markey pointed out that Faykes and Gizem Yali are two standout performers so far in the dual meet season.
“Lauren and Gizem have really been impressive so far with how hard they are working, and it’s showing,” Markey said.
Both the men’s and women’s teams have been impressive so far during the first two weeks of their dual-meet season. The Dragons know that a long season waits ahead with high expectations, and it continues against George Washington Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.