Drexel Swimming and Diving Outlasts Lehigh on Saturday

Bethlehem, Pa. - The Drexel men's and women's swimming and diving teams will return to University City with two victories as the Dragons defeated Lehigh on their sixth away meet of the season on Saturday afternoon. The women's team had an exciting 148-146 finish over the Mountain Hawks, while the men's team topped Lehigh 173-123. Lehigh looked to set the tone winning the opening four events, but the Drexel men's team came back to win 12 events along with 10 victories by the women's team. The women improved to 2-8 overall and the men's team moved to 6-2 on the season, including a 5-1 record on the road.

The men picked up their first win in the sixth event as Alex Chialastri and Matthew Klotz placed first and second respectively in the 200 free. Freshman Joel Berryman and junior Alex Bagshaw followed their teammates earning the top two finishes in the 100 back. With a time of 51.72, Berryman broke Lehigh's pool record, which was set in 2001 by a swimmer from Yale. The tenth event proved to be the Dragons strongest as Chad Schmidt, Andrew Reimon and Greg Oprendek dominated the 100 breast. In the 200 fly, Mike Krohn finished first with a time of 1:54.63. Chialastri came back for another win in the 100 free stopping the clock at 47.64. In the 200 back, sophomore John Quagliariello touched the wall at 1:56.27 and posted another first place finish for the Dragons. Schmidt and Reimon continued to set the tone with top places in the 200 breast. Klotz had an impressive win in the 500 free finishing in 4:42.34. Krohn grabbed his second win of the day as he took the 100 fly in 50.93. Schmidt swam to his third first place finish and won the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.16.

On the women's side, Lauren Faykes started the series of wins that would give the Dragons the ultimate victory. Faykes won the 200 free stopping the clock at 1:55.29. Teammate Katie Duggan then took the top place in the 100 back with a 59.33. Brianna Bentz started her day strong when she beat out two Lehigh swimmers for first place in the 50 free. Bentz followed with a first-place finish in the 100 free. Sophomore Gizen Yali brought home another win for Drexel as she finished the 200 back in 2:06.20. Faykes reutrned to the water and captured a close win in the 500 free. Bentz came back for the third time to win the 100 fly with a time of 58.87. The meet came down to the 200 IM where Faykes finished in first, while teammate Rebecca Heffernan took second place, locking the win for the women's team.

On the boards, David Sanchez took first in the 1 meter event with a 278.69. Teammate Stephen Cal followed in second with a score of 265.35. Both divers then went on to take the top two finishes in the 3 meter. Madison Kramer, Leah Bank and Jennifer Mueller were unstoppable as they captured all three top finishes in the 1 meter and 3 meter events.

The Dragons will return to action on February 15 at the Cavalier Invitational hosted in Charlottesville, Va.