For the first time in program history, the Canisius swimming and diving team will head to Colgate for a dual meet on Saturday.
The Griffs come into the meet after both the men and women’s teams had their four-meet win streak snapped at St. Bonaventure last Saturday. The men’s team lost 129-112 to the defending Atlantic-10 champions, while the women’s team fell 149-94.
“I think the nice thing about it is that we had races,” said head coach Scott Vanderzell. “We were in a meet that we had a purpose in every race. We always go to Bonaventure or they come here and we like to continue to see if our programs can continue to grow to that level.”
Sophomore Spencer Bray continued his strong season, with a pair of individual victories. Bray took first in both the 500- and 1000-yard freestyles, while also finishing second in the 200-yard backstroke. Junior diver Eddie Quarantillo placed first on both boards for the fourth time this season.
On the women’s side, sophomore Alex Doody and freshman Hannah Graesser swam to individual victories. Doody finished first in the 500-yard freestyle and Graesser took first in the 50-yard freestyle. The Griffs also earned a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay, extending their streak to four-straight meets of winning a relay.
The Raiders will square off with their second MAAC opponent in as many weeks, having competed against Niagara last week. The Colgate women beat the purple eagles 197-90 to improve to 1-3, while the men’s team lost 180-102 and still remain winless on the year.
“We’ve never been up against Colgate, and it’s a different environment for us to go into,” Vanderzell said. “We need to continue to grow in our races and how we race, but I think we need to start racing some people that we’re unfamiliar with. It’ll build a little character for us as we get ready for MAACs.”
The meet is scheduled to begin at noon.