Swimming and Diving Teams Combine for 18 Broken Records at MAACs

Manhattan started off on a high note at the 2015 MAAC Championships last week.

Its strong performance continued for the duration of the championships. By the end of the fourth and final day, both teams combined to set 18 new school records.

“It’s really outstanding for our women’s team,” Sara Buckley, freestyle swimmer, said. “I feel like each year we are improving drastically and each year we see records going down at MAACs. The fact that we were able to shatter 18 this year is great for our program.”

Along with breaking 11 of the 18 records, the women’s team set new times in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle including the 200 and 400 medley relay races in the same competition. This was the first team in program history that achieved this accomplishment.

“It was important because my freshman year I was only on one relay team,” Buckley said. “This year I was on four and we were able to break records in each of them. Comparing last year to this year, it was so self-motivating to be on four relay teams that were able to beat four records. For the team and myself, I thought that was really great for us.”

On the first night of the championships, Madison Brown; Alexandra Hutzler; Kerry Schuermann and Patricia Colton raced in the 200 medley relay to a finish that was three seconds better than the previous school record. In the 800 freestyle, Michaela Schatz; Buckley; Audrey Corcoran and Eileen Blood broke the school mark by almost five seconds.

On night two, Brown, Hutzler, Buckley and Colton set a new record in the 200-freestyle with a 1:39.98. The previous record was a time of 1:40.91 set in 2012.

Then on the third night, Schuermann; Brown; Buckley and Hutzler set a new school best in the 400 medley relay.

To finish up the championships, Buckley; Brown; Colton and Hutzler set a new record in the 400 freestyle.

The championships were a great showing all around, with multiple members of the team contributing to the successful nights.

“Compared to previous years, we are gaining a lot of depth and variety,” Buckley said. “We had a lot of great incoming freshmen as well as our current performers from all different grades.  I think we are just going to continue to improve.”

“Last year it was only a few people who contributed,” Brown, butterfly swimmer, said. “This year it was a lot more. That shows that our recruitment has gotten better and hopefully it will continue.”

As the team finished up this impressive season, they look toward next season and the future of the program. They hope to break more milestones and find talented recruits to help their program get even better.

Buckley noted how the men’s team started out with nothing and have worked their way up.

“I think that we will definitely be able to do the same and improve in the coming years,” Buckley said. “Hopefully we will be able to gain more talented swimmers in the future and our program will continue to get better. We’re in that in between stage where we’re getting there but hopefully one day we’ll be in the top three at MAACs.”

Women’s Winter Break Recap

While most college students stayed home over the winter break, many athletes remained on campus for practices and games.

Draddy Gymnasium continued to be filled with Jaspers, whether they were members of the basketball, swimming or track and field teams.

The women’s basketball team was in the midst of an eight-game home stand. The swim team competed in Hawaii. And the track and field team concluded the semester with the Brother Jasper Invitational before competing at the Gotham Cup to start the New Year.

On Dec. 13, at the invitational, the women’s track and field team competed strongly. The team only appeared in five events but came up big with two first-place and two second-place finishes.

Marisa Robbins won first in the pole vault for the second time with her best performance at 3.60 m. Paige Chapman had a solid time of 7.82 seconds winning her the 60.

Lydia Wehrli and Katharina Klien also had strong showings for the Jaspers. Wehrli finished second in the weight throw with her 16.66 m toss and Klien earned second in the shot put at 12.28 m.

The track and field team returns to action on Jan. 23 for the Metro Team Challenge.

On Jan. 9, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the women’s swim team lost a tough meet to Colorado College despite a strong showing. Madison Brown, Sarah Buckley and Alexandra Hutzler were named Manhattan Performers of the Meet. All three earned first-place in their respective events.

Brown had a time of 30.50 in the 50 back, which earned her first place by 1.28 seconds. Buckley posted a 27.19 in the 50 free, taking the lead by .09 seconds. Hutzler earned a top finish in the 100 individual medley with 1:05.97.

The Jaspers return home for Senior Night against Baruch on Jan. 19 and host Hunter on Jan. 23.

The women’s basketball team (2-13, 1-5 MAAC) was busy with its longest home stand in team history. It concluded an eight game stretch at Draddy with a matchup against the Monmouth Hawks (6-9, 2-4 MAAC) on Jan. 16.

The home stand was a tough one for the Jaspers, who finished with a 1-7 record. Their only victory came against the Rider Broncs on Jan. 4.

The team overcame a 12-point deficit to tally a 55-52 win that marked its first win at home over Rider in three years and snapped a 10-game losing streak against it. It was also Manhattan’s first home win since Feb. 4, 2014.

The Jaspers’ next game was against the defending MAAC Champion Marist Red Foxes. The Jaspers had solid individual performances, but it was not enough as they were defeated 67-45.

Shayna Ericksen led the Jaspers with 10 rebounds, eight on the offensive glass. Kayla Grimme had nine points and a career-high five blocks. Taylor Williams tallied six rebounds and Manhattan shot 83.3 percent at the free throw line.

There to witness the game were 850 students from five elementary schools in the area. It was the fifth consecutive year the Jaspers hosted Kid’s Day Out.

In the final game of its home stand, Manhattan was not able to contain the Monmouth Hawks

The Jaspers put up a strong fight by coming back from a 47-33 deficit at the half to get to within two points with just under two minutes left in the game. However, Monmouth converted on its opportunities and staved off the Jaspers for a 73-69 victory.

Next on Manhattan’s schedule is a trip to Albany where it will face the Siena Saints.