BYRNE AND O’DONNELL LEAD SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAMS AGAINST SAINT ROSE
Syracuse, N.Y. – Freshmen Josh Byrne (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) and Tara O'Donnell (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem) won two individual events each, but the Le Moyne College swimming and diving teams fell to The College of Saint Rose on Saturday afternoon at the Rev. Vincent B. Ryan, S.J. Pool. The women were edged by the Golden Knights, 128-105, while the men fell 133-103.
With the two victories, Saint Rose takes the lead in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the institutions. Through eight of the 14 sports, the Golden Knights hold a 5-3 lead.
On the women's side, O'Donnell won a pair of individual events for the fourth straight meet, while teaming on a relay victory as well. She opened the meet by teaming with junior Sarah Connelly (Peru, N.Y./Peru) and seniors Julia Jones (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and Maureen Donovan (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) to win the 200-yard medley relay in a season-best time of 1:55.53. O'Donnell then touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.10. She capped her performance at the meet by topping the field in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:09.80. Senior Kristina Schmitt (Alden, N.Y./Nardin Academy) picked up Le Moyne's fourth victory of the meet by posting a career-best score of 211.75 points in the second one-meter diving event.
On the men's side, Byrne stayed unbeaten in dual meets by sweeping the two diving events for the third straight week, while increasing his 11-dive school record. He registered 193.40 points to easily win the first one-meter diving event. He then recorded 291.90 points to claim the second diving event. His combined score of 485.30 points eclipses his school-record mark of 475.70 points set six days against Pace. The quartet of sophomore Ricky Divaccaro (Woodstown, N.J./Woodstown), freshmen Ben Verdi (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's) and Daniel Tarbrake (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga College High) and junior Tyler Olson (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay in a season-best time of 1:40.01. Olson then went on to win the 50-yard freestyle in 22.85 seconds, while Tarbrake touched the wall first in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:59.63. Verdi closed out the meet's individual events by topping the field in the 200-yard breaststroke in a season-best time of 2:19.80.
Le Moyne returns to the pool for the final time of the Fall semester at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2.
Women's Team Results
Saint Rose 128, Le Moyne 105
Women's Individual Results
200 Yard Medley Relay – Le Moyne (Tara O'Donnell, Sarah Connelly, Julia Jones, Maureen Donovan) 1:55.53, 1000 Yard Freestyle – Samantha Hall (Saint Rose) 11:29.68, 200 Yard Freestyle – Tara O'Donnell (Le Moyne) 2:00.10, 50 Yard Freestyle – Kiersten Beckford (Saint Rose) 26.05, 200 Yard IM – Caitlin Brauer (Saint Rose) 2:14.16, 1 Meter Dive – Alexa Patnaude (Saint Rose) 172.70, 200 Yard Butterfly – Kelsey Kraft (Saint Rose) 2:18.67, 100 Yard Freestyle – Kiersten Beckford (Saint Rose) 56.17, 200 Yard Backstroke – Tara O'Donnell (Le Moyne) 2:09.80, 500 Yard Freestyle – Anna Jonsson (Saint Rose) 5:32.84, 1 Meter Dive – Kristina Schmitt (Le Moyne) 211.75, 200 Yard Breaststroke – Caitlin Brauer (Saint Rose) 2:28.60, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Saint Rose (Anna Jonsson, Kiersten Beckford, Naomi Woodcock, Caitlin Brauer) 3:50.58.
Men's Team Results
Saint Rose 133, Le Moyne 103
Men's Individual Results
200 Yard Medley Relay – Le Moyne (Ricky Divaccaro, Ben Verdi, Daniel Tarbrake, Tyler Olson) 1:40.01, 1000 Yard Freestyle – Kyle Wilson (Saint Rose) 10:24.17, 200 Yard Freestyle – Joseph Krok (Saint Rose) 1:49.01, 50 Yard Freestyle – Tyler Olson (Le Moyne) 22.85, 200 Yard IM – Eric Howard (Saint Rose) 2:01.61, 1 Meter Dive – Josh Byrne (Le Moyne) 193.40, 200 Yard Butterfly – Daniel Tarbrake (Le Moyne) 1:59.63, 100 Yard Freestyle – Joseph Krok (Saint Rose) 49.26, 200 Yard Backstroke – Eric Howard (Saint Rose) 2:01.05, 500 Yard Freestyle – Timothy Wilson (Saint Rose) 5:02.86, 1 Meter Dive – Josh Byrne (Le Moyne) 291.90, 200 Yard Breaststroke – Ben Verdi (Le Moyne) 2:19.80, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Saint Rose (Joseph Krok, Neil Bednar, Timothy Wilson, Kyle Wilson) 3:21.45.