Jan. 16: The St. Lawrence University men's and women's swimming and diving teams dove right back into competition Friday afternoon against non-conference opponent Potsdam State, where the women's team defeated the Bears 128.5-101.5 but the men fell in a close meet, 125-117.
The women's squad improves to 3-2 in dual meet competition while the men's team stands at a 2-3 mark. On Potsdam's side of the pool, the men's team holds a 5-1 overall record, while the women fall to 2-4 in the season.
The victory on the women's side was rooted in several top three finishes and winning close races in the middle and longer distances as well as the specialty strokes. Rookie Katie Spakowski (Rochester, NY/Greece-Arcadia) recorded two individual wins, as did senior captain Alida Gerritsen (Baltimore, MD/Baltimore Polytechnic Institute). Other individual winners included sophomore Hannah Grimes (Hamden, CT/Hamden), junior captain Abbey Lynch (Norwood, NY/St. Lawrence Central), and senior captain Ashley Bogosian (Massena, NY/The Peddie School).
Spakowski took both her 1,000 and 500-yard freestyle races out well ahead of the fields and was able to maintain her lead throughout the events. In the 1,000, the rookie, who was the only Saint in the pool, finished with a time of 11:37.32, a season best and nearly 15 seconds ahead of Potsdam's top finisher. In the 500, Spakowski touched the wall first with a time of 5:44.79.