Drexel Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams Fell Short Against Army

Philadelphia –The Drexel men's and women's swimming and diving teams didn't back down in the defeat against Army at the Drexel Pool this afternoon. The women's swimming team held the Black Knights to only a five point lead until the last relay. The Dragons women's team dropped a 154-144 decision while the men fell, 186-105.

The women's swimming team had seven top finishes against Army. Drexel's Jessica Csakai finished first in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:49.13. Freshman Gizem Yali placed first in the 100 yard and 200 yard backstroke. Drexel had the top three finishes in the 200 yard butterfly event. Jenna Seitz recorded first with a time of 2:12.63 followed by teammates Alyssa Taylor and Victoria Mayer. Seitz also clocked in first with a time of 2:14.62 in the 200 yard IM, which marked her new best dual meet time. Devina Tyagi missed first place by a few seconds in the 50 yard freestyle. Malin Wiberg had an exciting first place finish with a time of 2:30.31 in the 200 yard breaststroke.

The men's swimming team had three first place finishes. Gregory Oprendek recorded a time of 59.15 for a first place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, which marked his new best dual time for this year. Oprendek fell short of another top finish by a few seconds in the 200 yard breaststroke. Sean Kirwin placed second in the 200 yard backstroke with at time of 1:56.56. Kirwin also finished first for Drexel in the 200 yard IM as teammates Oprendek and Sam Wittig followed. Drexel's Matthew Tannenbaum, Jesse McGrath, Alex Bagshaw, and Armagan Yavuz took first place in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:27.25. The Dragons also captured second and third place in the same event.

Drexel's Megan Halicek swept Army in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Halicek also placed first in home meets against opponents Delaware, Northeastern, UMBC, and Howard. The sophomore standout finished with a score of 296.48 in the 1-meter and 348.75 in the 3-meter event. Ian Jevnick recorded another first place finish in the 1-meter event with a score of 328.05.

The men's and women's swimming teams had a number of strong individual performances. Alyssa Taylor and Tori Mayer recorded a new best dual time in the 200 yard butterfly. Taylor clocked in at 2:14.22, while Mayer had a time of 2:18.58. Drexel's Dan Durazo had a time of 1:48.28 in the 200 yard freestyle for a new best dual time.

The Dragons will look to bring the same energy back for the tri-meet against Shippensburg and Bloomburg scheduled for Jan. 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Drexel Pool at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

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