DANBURY, CT – After downing visiting non-league foe Lehman College on Saturday, the Western Connecticut State University men's and women's swimming and diving squads split with visiting Maine Maritime on Sunday. The Colonial men fell to the Mariners, 146-111, while the women won, 139-107. The men dropped to 1-4 overall, while the women improved to 4-2. Both teams return to action at the Division III Connecticut Cup hosted by Wesleyan on Saturday, December 7.
On the women's side, sophomore Hope Johnsky (Bristol, CT) paced the Colonials with four winning races. She notched wins in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes, 50 backstroke and a season-best time of 12:07.91 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
Classmate Molly Henry (Pound Ridge, NY) added victories in the 50 and 100 backstrokes along with the 500-yard freestyle, while Sara Tomporowski (Southbury, CT) contributed a win in the 100-yard freestyle.
Sophomore David Lawrence (Newtown, CT) led the Colonial men with a trio of first place showings in the 50, 500 and 1,000-yard freestyles. Rookie Alexey Pilyugin (Redding, CT) also touched the wall first in a pair of races, winning the 100 breast and 100 IM.
"It was another quality effort from our teams," said WestConn head coach Jill Cook following the meet. "I was pleased with the way we swam on such short rest," she added.