Drexel Swimming and Diving Falls to La Salle in Season Opener

Philadelphia - The Drexel men's and women's swimming and diving team were outlasted by La Salle in their season opener at Kirk Pool on Saturday. The men's team dropped a close dual meet to the Explorers, 152-140, while the women were defeated, 157-117.

For the men, two up and coming freshmen Joel Barryman and Kyle Lukens placed first and second in the 100 yard backstroke. Barryman finished in 52.32 and Lukens followed close behind with a time of 53.11. Later in the meet, the Dragons won out the 100 yard butterfly with Lukens placing again this time in first, while sophomore Mike Krohn took second and freshman Stephen Brown finished third. Also in the men's 200 IM, the Dragons dominated the event as sophomore Chad Schmidt took first and stopped the clock at 2:02.77. Lukens continued his strong day by taking the second place position at 2:05.67, while sophomore Andrew Reimon posted a time of 2:11.04 and grabbed third.

On the women's side, senior Lauren Faykes made her mark once again as she placed first in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:10.35. Sophomore Kelly Trussel also took first for the Dragons in the 500 yard freestyle, stopping the clock at 5:37.07. Faykes  came back again to finish first in the 100 yard butterfly, while teammate senior Steph Uecker followed in second. In the 200 IM, sophomore Rebecca Heffernan grabbed first, while freshman teammates Tina DeRusso and Tori Graf captured second and third respectively.

On the boards, freshman Madison Kramer and freshman David Sanchez made their debuts by sweeping the one-meter event. Sanchez received his second victory in the three-meter event. 

Drexel's relay teams proved to be the strength for the Dragon's as the women placed first and second to upset  La Salle in the 400 yard freestyle and the men dominated the Explorers to end the meet with a solid win.

Drexel's swimming and diving teams will be back in action November 27 as they take on Loyola, Lafayette and Seton Hall in Loyola, Md.