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November 22nd, 2009

Vassar Falls to New Paltz

POUGHKEEPSIE - Although the Vassar College women’s swim-dive team dropped a 128-102 decision, it put forth an impressive performance against a talented SUNY New Paltz team on Saturday at Kresge Pool, in the process gearing up the Liberty League Championships. After falling to New Paltz 111-71 last season, the Brewers showed improvement in Saturday's meet.

The Brewers fall to 2-2 and will next compete December 4 and 5 at the Liberty League Championships hosted by University of Rochester.

"This was a great way to prepare for the Liberty Leagues and I was impressed with how they came out and competed after just racing last night against Pace," said interim head coach Paul Kueterman. "Having such a big crowd of family and alums created a great atmosphere, and the women really stepped up for their fans. It was a great event."

Despite facing a formidable New Paltz opponent, the Brewers picked up big wins from junior Samantha Jones, freshman Shannon Sara, and senior Jordana Jantze. Jones brought a large home crowd to its feet with the first Vassar win of the meet for both the men’s and women’s teams, as she narrowly out-touched her opponent in the 50 Free, finishing just .02 seconds faster than her New Paltz opponent with a time of 26.08.

"That was such an exciting win for us, and Sam really got the crowd going," said Kueterman.

Sara built on Vassar’s momentum with a convincing win in the next event, the 400 IM. The freshman finished in 4:49.33, over six seconds faster than the second-place New Paltz finisher. In the 100 Free, Jantze gave Vassar its third victory of the day, winning in a time of 57.28.

"That's a really tough race and Shannon pushed through," said Kueterman. "Mentally and physically she did everything right."

Vassar’s relay teams swam well, placing second in both the 200 Medley and 200 Free. The 200 Medley team of Sara, sophomore Caroline Shannon, Jones, and Jantze recorded a time of 1:59.95, while the 200 Free squad of Jantze, junior Meg McCarty, freshman Alexandra Hughes, and freshman Sydnie Alquist finished in a time of 1:46.38.

In the 100 Back, the Brewers went 2-3, as Jones placed second (1:03.37), followed by junior Melisa Brower (1:06.37). Shannon picked up a second place finish in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:13.55.
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