On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Rangers swimming & diving teams celebrated Senior Day at Kirby Pool in style, winning every event to earn a sweep over Goucher College. Drew’s 13 seniors were honored in a ceremony before competing in the final home meet of their careers. In their final dual meet of the season, the women's team won by a score of 153-38 while the men's squad captured a 149-43 decision.
A trio of Rangers led the women's team with two individual victories each. Mackenzie Garcia Hynds (’22) won both the 200 freestyle (2:04.93) and the 200 individual medley (2:18.00) while Abby Shapiro (’22) prevailed in both the 1,000 freestyle (11:39.17) and the 200 backstroke (2:22.76). In addition, Mal Vishwanath (’20) touched first in both the 100 breaststroke (1:12.55) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.05).
Earning one individual victory apiece were Alex Edwing (’23) in the 100 backstroke (1:02.76), Sydney Everhart (’22) in the 50 freestyle (27.48), Grace Aboussleman (’23) in the 100 freestyle (58.03) and Katie Cashin (’23) in the 500 freestyle (5:33.53). In the relays, Stephanie Cushman (’20), Kate Circus (’20), Everhart and Hynds won the 200 medley in 2:00.49 while Vishwanath, Katie Jefferson (’20), Cushman and Hailey Williams (’20) captured the 200 freestyle in 1:46.84.
On the men's side, Jeffrey Crouse (’23) led the way with a triple-victory performance, winning the 200 freestyle (1:49.33), the 100 freestyle (50.14), and the 200 individual medley (2:08.53). Henry Van Note (’23) also captured multiple victories, winning both the 1,000 freestyle (10:36.57) and the 500 freestyle (5:01.69).
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Picking up additional individual wins were Josh Roberts (’22) in the 100 backstroke (58.24), Jake Zajdzinski (’22) in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.44), Harrison Neal (’23) in the 50 freestyle (22.66), and Matheus Macena (’21) in the 100 butterfly (54.95). Macena, Zajdzinski, Ben Garratt (’22) and Jack Mahoney (’20) added a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:42.72) while Mahoney, Michael Ma (’20), Macena and Garrett Pilkington (’20) won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:31.68.
The Drew University seniors truly made a splash on their senior day. The 13 seniors have contributed an incredible amount to the program and we’ll be sad to see them go when their groundbreaking season is over. When asked how the seniors have left a lasting impression on the team, sophomore Mackenzie Garcia Hynds said, “That no matter the sacrifices and time commitment, it is always worth at the end of the day especially after achieving the goals that were set at the beginning of the season.”
Senior Stephanie Cushman was kind enough to give a few quotes on how she felt on her senior day. Cushman stated that she’ll miss the “small community size and the people who have pushed me to be the most selfless version of myself.” Cushman’s hopes for the team to “continue to grow and maintain a culture where we put the team first, they do things the right way even when it is difficult, and they take responsibility for their actions.”
The Rangers are off until Feb. 14-16, when they compete in the Landmark Conference Championships in Germantown, Md.