February 3, 2007

Men's Swimming & Diving Sinks Fairfield

Feb. 3, 2007

Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team won their second meet in a row, beating Fairfield 124-117 on Saturday at the Hart Center Pool. For the second meet in a row, the victory came down to the final event: the 400-yard freestyle relay. Holy Cross had to win the relay in order to take the meet. Sophomores James McCullough (Orefield, Pa.) and David Drummond (Swampscott, Mass.), junior Chris Smith (West Haven, Conn.) and sophomore Matthew Grogan (Allenwood, N.J.) would clinch the win with a time of 3:22.75, edging out a team from Fairfield. The Crusader victory marks the first time in three seasons that Holy Cross has won over the Stags.

Holy Cross got their first win of the meet in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of freshmen Aaron Brosnan (Westford, Mass.) and Brain Livingston (Auburn, Wa.), senior Brian Jackson (Phoenixville, Pa.) and sophomore Rob Acker (Ames, Iowa) took the event in 3:50.51. Grogan would earn the next event win for the Crusaders, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle by touching the pad in 1:52.72. Sophomore Ian MacLaren (Cortez, Colo.) took second in the event, finishing in 1:54.11.

Brosnan finished in first place in the 200-yard IM, covering the distance in 2:06.86. McCullough took second in the event, finishing in 2:11.48. Jackson got another victory for the Crusaders, taking the 200-yard butterfly in 2:07.10. Senior Kevin Mullaney (Livingston, N.J.) took third in the event, touching the pad in 2:13.57. Acker, Drummond and McCullough took second, third and fourth places in the 100-yard freestyle. Acker finished in 51.69, as Drummond and McCullough finished in 51.88 and 52.50, respectively.

Crusader swimmers again went two-three-four, this time in the 500-yard freestyle. Smith took second in 5:07.42 as Grogan took third in 5:14.82. Freshman Ryan Boate (Pleasantville, N.Y.) was fourth with a time of 5:21.60. Brosnan would capture his second individual win of the day, taking first place in the 200-yard backstroke. His time of 2:07.43 edged out two swimmers from Fairfield. Livingston won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:25.17, giving Holy Cross their final individual event win of the meet.

In the diving events, sophomore Conor O'Neil (Concord, N.H.) took fourth off of both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.

The Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team will host their final meet of the regular season on Tuesday, February 6, taking on Boston College at the Hart Center Pool at 6:00 pm.