TCNJ takes thriller vs. Stevens Inst.
400-yard freestyle relay, the final event, sealed the victory
HOBOKEN, N.J. – No. 10 The College of New Jersey defeated 11th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology 133-129 on Sunday in a thrilling women’s swimming dual-meet at the De Baun Aquatic Center. The Lions (8-2) earned a win in the final event of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay to seal the victory.
The Ducks opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. Sophomore Louise Moores, freshman Brittany Geyer, junior Marissa Douglas and senior Hayley Hatfield teamed to clock a 1:50.93.
Senior co-captain Kim McCaffrey was Stevens’ top finisher in the 1,000-yard freestyle, placing second with a time of 11:09.22.
Douglas, senior Sian Pearson and freshman Nicole Miller swept the top-three spots in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.14, 1:59.42, 2:00.26), and Moores carded a victory in the 100-yard backstroke, touching at 58.82. Sophomore Megan Lisbon was third in the event with a 1:02.44.
Geyer notched a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.27, and Pearson did the same in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.13). Hatfield checked in No. 2 in the 50-yard freestyle with a 25.18 and came back to earn the win in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking a 54.38.
Lisbon got a victory in 200-yard backstroke with her time of 2:11.00, with Geyer recording a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:28.19).
Pearson and Miller went one-two in the 500-yard freestyle (5:16.11, 5:20.82) and Moores was second in the 100-yard butterfly (59.19). Douglas took the final individual event of the day, the 200-yard individual medley, with a time of 2:12.78 and Geyer was second, turning in a 2:13.51.That first and second gave Stevens a 123-122 edge heading into the final event, but the winner would be whichever relay squad could win the 400-free relay. The Lions edged Stevens’ top team 3:35.39 to 3:35.88 to clinch the meet.
The Lions improve to 8-2 with the win and Stevens falls to 5-2.