The Drew University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded their 2019-2020 runs at the three-day Landmark Conference Championships in Maryland.
On the women’s side, the Rangers totaled 564 points, the most they have ever scored at a conference championship, to post a fourth place finish. Leading Drew was Mal Vishwanath (’20) with five gold medals and one bronze before being named Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second time in her career. Among Vishwanath’s victories was her fourth straight conference titles in both the 1,650-freestyle and 500-freestyle. She also led off the 400-freestyle relay that would break Drew’s record. Katie Cashin’s (’23) four gold, one silver and one bronze performance earned her a conference Rookie of the Year Award. Among her victories was the 400-IM when she broke the conference record.
Further contributing to the Ranger’s total were Alex Edwing (’23), who took bronze in the 200-IM, Maxxe Albert-Deitch (’21), who placed third in the 3-meter dive and Sydney Everhart (’22), who defended her title in the 100-butterfly and placed third in the 200-butterfly. Katie Jefferson (’20) took silver in the 200-butterfly and Mackenzie Garcia Hynds (’22) earned gold in the 100-freestyle. Drew also took a title in the 800-relay when Jefferson, Garcia Gynds, Cashin and Vishwanath clocked a 14 second win. Also advancing to finals and earning team points for the Rangers were Stephanie Cushman (’20), Hailey Williams (’20), Abby Shapiro (’22), Kate Circus (’20) and Grace Aboussleman (’23).
COURTESY OF DREWRANGERS.COM
The men’s squad accumulated 541.5 points to post a third place finish in the conference, their best in program history. Among the Rangers’ 10 broken school records were the first place 800-freestyle relay of Harrison Neal (’23), Jeffery Crouse (’23), Jack Mahoney (’20) and Joshua Roberts (’22); first place 200-medley squad of Matheus Macena (’21), Neal, Michael Ma (’20) and Mahoney; silver medal 400-freestyle squad of Neal, Jake Zajdzinski (’22), Roberts and Mahoney; and silver medal 200-freestyle relay of Zajdzinski, Roberts, Macena and Mahoney.
Individually, Mahoney captured a gold medal in the 50-freestyle for the second time in his career before taking silver in the 100-freestyle while Macena placed second in the 100-backstroke. Neal, Ma and Roberts each earned a third place finish in the 400-IM, 100-butterfly and 200-freestyle, respectively. Also advancing to finals and contributing team points were Andre Sadir Sabbag (’23), Henry Van Note (’23), Garrett Pilkington (’20), Alexandre Sannibale (’21) and Lloyd Goldstein (’20).
The Rangers bid farewell to 13 seniors, who were honored before their final home meet of the season, where both the women and men captured victories and improved their dual meet records to 3-4 and 5-1, respectively.