New School Records Mark End of Swimming and Diving Season

swimmers preparing to dive into pool

VMI swimmers set new school records at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Championships.—Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

The 2021-22 swimming and diving season ended Feb. 27, 2022, with many new school records and personal bests recorded.

Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Championships, Feb. 26-27

The VMI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams closed out the season Feb. 26-27 at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Open Championships, hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Connor Doyle ’23 finished 10th in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:53.97 in preliminaries, while Conner Jorgensen ’23 took 16th in 1:57.67. Chino Vera ’24 was 17th in the 100-meter freestyle with a top time of 46.27, while Dalton Cosner ’24 finished the 200-meter butterfly in 1:57.37 to take 19th. The Keydet 400-meter freestyle relay team of Cosner, Doyle, Collin Marks ’24, and Vera finished seventh in 3:07.04, with Cosner leading off with a personal best time of 47.23.

The men’s 200 medley relay team broke the program record Feb. 26 in 1:32.94 to take 10th. Vera set a personal record in the 50-meter backstroke leading off the relay and was joined by Chase Lane ’24, Tyler Blackwell ’24, and Cosner. Lane set a new VMI record with a time of 56.30 in the 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries and finished 15th. Vera also finished 15th in the 100-meter backstroke in 52.45 after swimming a 51.48 in the preliminaries. Bridger Thurston ’23 scored 202.40 points in the 3-meter dive to take seventh.

Ethan Griffith ’25 placed 13th in the 400-meter individual medley in a season-best 4:06.01, while Ryan Cooper ’22 had a season-best 4:11.84 in the event to place 17th. Doyle was 17th in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:43.21. The 800-meter freestyle relay team of Cooper, Jorgensen, Sam Chopper ’25, and Griffith placed sixth in 7:04.63, with Cooper’s 1:47.24 in the opening leg setting a personal best.

The women’s 200-meter medley relay team of Isabella DeCosta ’23, Anne Bowles ’24, Jillian Maher ’24, and Kate Taylor ’24 finished 12th in the finals in 1:52.82. London Yerasimides ’23 finished in the 1-meter dive with a score of 177.75.

America East Conference Championships, Feb. 10-13

The swimming and diving teams wrapped up competition at the four-day 2022 America East Conference Championships, held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Chopper swam a 16:43.17 in the 1650-meter freestyle to take ninth place. Doyle finished the 200-meter backstroke in 1:53.44 to finish 10th, while Jorgensen was 13th overall and was clocked at 1:56.79 in the preliminaries. Vera swam 46.27 in the 100-meter freestyle to take 12th, and Marks also scored in the event, finishing 16th with a preliminary time of 47.89. Jack Sheehan ’23 (11th – 2:05.65), Lane (12th – 2:07.75 in the prelims) and Griffith (13th – 2:09.21) finished back-to-back-to-back in the 200-meter breaststroke to add points for the Keydets.

Cosner, Doyle, Sheehan, and Vera teamed up to swim a 3:06.38 in the 400-meter freestyle relay.

Bowles finished 15th in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:33.66, while Ruki Sarkari ’24 paced VMI in the women’s 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:17.10 in the preliminaries. Maher finished the 100-meter freestyle in 55.53, and Rachel Greathouse ’25 swam the 200-meter butterflies in 2:19 even.

The 400-meter freestyle relay team of Taylor, Carter Wasser ’25, DeCosta, and Maher finished in 3:45.38.

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