Oswego State Swimming and Diving Starts Season With Wins Over LeMoyne

The Oswego State men’s and women’s swimming teams started the 2009-10 season with wins over Division II LeMoyne on Saturday in Syracuse. The women won by the score of 131-112, while the men claimed a 121-120 win by winning the final relay of the meet by seven hundredths of a second.

Senior Jenny VanEtten (Ravena, N.Y.) won the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke with times of 1:05.25 and 1:09.55, respectively, to lead the women’s squad, while junior Shawn Merlin (Palmyra, N.Y.) was a double winner in the diving events. Merlin scored 262.20 points on the 3-meter board and 181.70 points on the 1-meter board.

Other event winners on the women’s side included Hannah Slaga (Fr., East Greenbush, N.Y.) in the 50 freestyle (26.23) and the 100 freestyle (56.41), Eileen McMahon (Sr., Clay, N.Y.) on the 1-meter board (163.20) and the 3-meter board (244.20), and Nikki Dean (Jr., Lansing, N.Y.) in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.96).

In addition to Merlin’s first place finishes, Nick Masia (Pine City, N.Y.) was the only other male to take first place in an event as he touched the wall in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:12.26. The lone first place relay team was the 200 free relay that competed in the last event of the dual meet to decide the result. The team posted a time of 1:30.89, while the second place LeMoyne squad clocked a time of 1:30.96.

The Lakers host their first dual meet of the season on Wednesday against RIT at 6 p.m.