Record-setting Lessard leads Crusaders


MAKING A SPLASH—Senior captain Chadd Lee propels himself forward in the 200 medley relay, achieving a time of 1:35.95 and first place in the event.

Women’s swimming defeated both Juniata and Drew, while men’s swimming defeated Juniata in a conference tri-meet at Juniata on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Despite the distraction of a fire alarm shortly into the meet, both the men’s and women’s team was able to refocus and set many seasons and personal bests. Coach Jerry Foley said: “It certainly made them cold; they were outside with their bare feet. It had a minimal distraction, and was nothing major.”

Freshman Kelsey Lessard said, “It kind of woke us up and was really funny.”

Kelsey Lessard went on to place first in both the 100 and 200 breast with times 1:20.84 and 2:54.30, respectively.

The women’s team also excelled and took first in the following events: the 200 back swam by sophomore Lexi Cole (2:31.18), sophomore Dana Pontecorvo in the 800 (10:07.02), the 100 fly swam by Avanti Banks (1:11.80), and in the 200 free relay with sophomores Annie Bruxelles, Cole, Kyle Seaman and freshman Julia Doherty (1:13.58).

Also adding to the differences in the meet was that the pool was in meters instead of yards.

Foley said: “It was hard during the competition to evaluate because we swam 25 meters instead of 25 yards, so you have to convert and it wasn’t really until you reviewed the meet and looked at the results after the conversions that we realized well we swam. We swam better than I thought we did. “

Foley said that senior Devin Lessard had a standout performance setting two pool records in the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM with times 2:25.95 and 2:30.60, respectively. Devin Lessard also won the 200 free (2:16.65).

Devin Lessard said, “It was a big surprise to break the pool records at Juniata, but showed me how much my hard work is paying off.”

In the men’s competition, junior Josh Heller took first in three events, which included the 100 back (1:03.34), the 100 free (53.52) and the 100 fly (1:01.94), which also happened to be a PR. Foley said: “With [Heller] being abroad all fall, it was nice to see him race in a conference meet and evaluate where he’s at. He’s in a good place and I have confidence that he will do what he needs to do to make qualifying times to move onto the next level.”

Senior captains Taylor Cole and Chadd Lee, sophomore Shawn Entenman and freshman Duncan Frazier captured first in the 200 medley relay 1:53.95).

Lee also took first in the 200 I.M. and the 100 breast touching the wall at 2:19.50 and 1:07.70, respectively; meanwhile Cole placed first in the 200 back with a final time of 2:19.83

Junior Larry Able won both the 200 fly (2:26.93) and the 400 free (4:36.72). Junior James Partain captured first in the 800 free with a final time of 9:44.58, while sophomore Nick Boyle took first in the 50 free, finishing in 25.60 and freshman Danny Casakai took first in the 200 breast with a final time of 2:39.39.

Foley seemed happy with the results at the end of the day.

He said, “We more focused on the process anyway so it was just a good chance to take away the outcome and just focus on the process of the events.”

The Crusaders take to the pool tomorrow, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in a non-conference meet against Albright, as they honor the seniors on the team.