Senior free/fly swimmer Carolyn Koch does drills in in Taylor Gym on Monday, Feb. 1, 2015. Koch, who has previously placed third in the 100 free last year, was part of multiple school record-breaking performances at the Patriot League championships. (Chris Barry/B&W Staff)

Lehigh swim teams set slew of school records in Patriot League Championships

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After four days of Patriot League Championship competition, the men’s and women’s swim and dive teams finished sixth and fifth place respectively, both a spot lower than they were predicted.

Even though the Navy took first on both the men’s and women’s sides, the Mountain Hawks set a number of school records.

On Day 1 of competition, both the men and women set new school records in the 800 freestyle relay. For the men, junior Jacob Moyar, sophomore Zach Tieke, senior Jake Hassel and junior Justin White combined to take fourth place and set a new school record at 6:38.28.

For the women, sophomore Julianne Koch, senior Carolyn Koch, senior Courtney Patterson and freshman Courtney Ferreira took second place and set a new school record at 7:18.53.

On Day 2 of competition for the men, Moyar was the only individual to go to the finals in any event for the Mountain Hawks. He placed third in the 200 individual medley, setting a new school record and hitting an NCAA B-cut time of 1:48.68. The old record was 1:50.78, set back in 2005.

Junior Jamal Willis took second in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.23 and Justin White finished fourth at 20.37.

For the women, junior Kaitlyn Ruffing took second place in the 50 yard freestyle setting a new school record and hitting an NCAA B-cut with a time of 22.88. Junior Kelly Carroll also set a new school record in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.28.

The women also set a new school record in the 400 medley relay with Julianne Koch, senior Melissa Feeney, Carroll and Ruffing. They finished fifth overall with a time of 3:49.03.

In Day 3 for the men, Moyar placed fifth in the 400 individual medley, breaking his own school record and hitting an NCAA B-cut with a time of 3:52.60.

For the women, Carroll took second place in the 100 yard butterfly and set a new school record with a time of 55.71. Also, the women’s 200 freestyle relay with the Koch’s, Ferreira and Ruffing took second place and set a new school record with a finishing time of 1:32.10.

Going into the final day of Patriots, the men were ranked sixth overall with 162 points and the women were ranked fifth with 262 points.

Moyar set another school record and hit an NCAA B-cut in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:46.78, placing him in fourth place. Willis, Tieke, White and Moyar combined to finish third in the 400 freestyle relay, setting a new school record of 2:58.48.

The women finished up Patriots with three new school records, giving them a total of nine records set throughout the week of competition.

The women’s 400 freestyle relay took second place with the Koch’s, Meghan Thompson and Ruffing. They set a new school record with a time of 3:21.58. Cora Summerfield finished second in the 1650 freestyle, setting a new school record at 16:39.03.

Sophomore Sydney Bornstein also broke her school record in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.90.
At the conclusion Patriot League competition, the men scored a total of 250 points. Moyar led the team scoring 45 points, White scored 34.50 and Willis scored 17.

The women scored a total of 404 points. Carolyn scored 35 points, Ruffing scored 32 points and Carrol scored 31 points.

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