Iona Swimming Is Primed & Ready For MAAC Championship
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – The Iona College men’s and women’s swimming & diving program had successful 2016-17 regular season campaigns, and now they have set their eyes upon the MAAC Championship. The Gaels will compete against all of their conference foes in an effort to continue the success earned thus far this year.
Sophomore James Barnola has a top-10 MAAC time in the 200-Freestyle, clocking in at 1:43.37 at the H2ounds Invitational back on Friday, Dec. 2. He also ranks seventh in the conference in the 500-Freestyle which he walled at 4:41.13.
Freshman Matt Anderson ranks top-10 in the 500-Freestyle, sitting 10th with his season-best time of 4:41.13 against Delaware on Sunday, Jan. 15. In the 1000-Freestyle, the rookie has the second fastest time in the MAAC with a 9:37.81 mark against Pace on Friday, Jan. 13. Anderson has the fourth fastest 1650-Freestyle time, setting the mark at 16:06.73 at the H2ounds Invitational.
Junior Christian Foti has been a dominant force for the Gaels this season, ranking top five in three different freestyle races. He has the second fastest time in the 1650-Freestyle at 15:58.37, the third fastest 1000-Freestyle in 9:40.55, and the fourth fastest 500-Freestyle at 4:38.87.
Come the backstroke, sophomore Matthew Bosse is the leader in the clubhouse for the Iona men’s program. His top times in the 50-Backstroke and 100-Backstroke each rank 10th in the league at 25.11 and 53.40, respectively. They were set against Pace and Bryant. Bosse ranks sixth in the league in the 200-Backstroke; he touched the wall in 1:55.99 against Delaware.
In the breaststroke, junior Christopher Vadala and junior Sam Braziel both sit inside the top-10 in the 100-Breast. Vadala ranks 10th heading into the MAAC Championship with a 59.61 race in H2ounds Invitational while Braziel ranks sixth at 59.01. Both sit top five in the 200-Breast; Vadala’s set a second-place mark with a 2:07.60 and Braziel is fifth at 2:09.77.
Senior Collin Purrman top 200-Butterfly time ranks eighth in the MAAC, claiming a time of 1:55.01.
The 100-IM has been a strong suit for the Maroon & Gold all season. Five different Gaels ranks inside the top-10 of the MAAC, led by Purrman’s 54.69 which he set against Delaware. Senior Keegan Boisson-Yates, followed by freshmen Jakub Korek, Dranoel Truter, and James Whaley who all rank six through 10 in terms of fastest times.
Purrman and Anderson have the third and fourth ranked times in the 400-IM, both set at the H2ounds Invitational at 4:08.18 and 4:08.63, respectively.
Purrman was once named the CollegeSwimming MAAC Swimmer of the Week (Jan. 24), and Foti was named the MAAC Swimmer of the Week (Feb. 1) in the final week of the regular season.
Freshman Alyssa Chain is the Gaels main force in the short freestyle races. She holds the fifth fastest time in the conference in the 50-Freestyle at 24.46, and eighth quickest in the 100-Freestyle at 54.01. Both times were set at the H2ounds Invitational. Fellow Rookie Simone Sturrup found some success in the 50-Freestyle, racing the eighth quickest pace in 24.57.
Junior Alex Aliapoulios holds Iona’s fastest time in the 200-Freestyle, clocking in at 1:57.18, tying for the eighth fastest in the league.
In the 500-Freestyle, sophomore Maria DiBella and junior Kaitlyn Mahon each hold top-10 times. Dibella clocked in at 5:09.72 while Mahon touched the wall in 5:11.36; each rank fifth and seventh in the league and where set at the H2ounds Invitational. The two Gaels each have the same success in the 1000-Freestyle, particularly DiBella who’s 10:38.46 top-time ranks third fastest in the MAAC.
DiBella and Mahon rank third and fifth in the MAAC in the 1650-Freestyle. DiBella clocked in at 17:35.00 and Mahon touched at 17:43.49. Freshman Anna Desiderio clocked in a top-10 time with a clocking of 18:04.30 in the early season H2ounds Invitational.
Come the backstroke, DiBella has a top-10 time in the 100-meter; she finished in 1:00.03 in the H2ounds Invitational. Sophomore Jessica Schmidt has the fifth fastest 200-Baskstroke time in the conference with a finish of 2:08.37.
Junior Elizabeth Kaczmarek specializes in the Individual Medleys, but she has potential in the 200-Breast where she has the 10th ranked time of 2:29.87.
The lone Gael threat in the butterfly comes via junior Alexandra DiBiase who has the eighth fastest recording time in the 200-Buterfly at 2:11.67.
Much like the men’s side, the women have found large success in the 100-IM race this season. Kaczmarek leads the way for the Maroon & Gold with the second fastest recording time this season at 1:02.60. Senior Kathryn Nevin will look to score in her final MAAC Championships; she has the fourth fastest 100-IM this season at 1:04.38. Schmidt, DiBiase, and sophomore Sydney Thompson all reside six through eighth on the MAAC top-10.
Kaczmarek recorded the fastest 200-IM time this season; she set the mark at the H2ounds Invitational when she touched the wall in 2:07.61.
Chain (Oct. 12) and Kaczmarek (Nov. 16). each earned MAAC Swimmer of the Week honors this season.
At the start of the season in the coaches’ preseason poll, the Iona men were picked to place fifth, and the women fourth.
The MAAC Championship begins on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 11.