January 17, 2013University Liggett’s co-ed swimming and diving team kicked off its season last week, losing meets to Riverview, Gibraltar Carlson and Dundee.
“We have some very good swimmers, but not a lot of depth, so winning dual meets is tougher,” head coach Ryan Gunderson said.
The Knights lost 127-53 to Riverview, 114-56 to Carlson and 110-71 to Dundee, dropping to 0-3 overall.
Leading the way was Chris Cornell, who won the 100-yard breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:05.56. Stephen Lesha was fifth and Renata Szymanski 12th with times of 1:15.45 and 1:25.18, respectively.
In the 200-yard medley relay, Lesha, Cornell, Connor Borrego and Mallory Jamett took third with a time of 1:59.99 and the foursome of Cristina Milenius, Szymanski, Julia Grimm and Antonio Malkoun placed 11th with a time of 2:21.80.
Jamett was fourth and Haley Neuenfeldt 11th in the 200-yard freestyle with times of 2:07.73 and 2:34.86, and Cornell was able to win the his second event, the 200-yard individual medley, with a time of 2:10.29 and Grimm took 10th with a time of 3:11.96. In the 50-yard freestyle, Borrego was third with a time of 25.02. Malkoun and Milenius took 11th and 12th with times of 29.41 and 33.14, and in the 100-yard butterfly, Borrego and Grimm placed fifth and 11th with times of 1:02.93 and 1:35.42, respectively.
Lesha was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and Malkoun 11th with times of 57.00 and 1:11.06, and in the 500-yard freestyle, Jamett was second and Szymanski 10th with times of 5:32.17 and 7:05.72, respectively.
The Knights’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of Cornell, Borrego, Lesha and Jamett took third with a time of 1:41.05 with Cornell posting a time of 25.27 in his leg.
Neuenfeldt was 10th and Milenius 11th in the 100-yard backstroke, turning in times of 1:28.01 and 1:28.61, and in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Grimm, Milenius, Malkoun and Neuenfeldt took 10th with a time of 5:04.70.