Swim and Dive Teams Top Southern Virginia

Swimmer in pool.

Sarah Liebenow ’24 (above) won the 500 and 1000 free events versus Southern Virginia University Feb. 26, 2021.—Photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

The VMI men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had a great start to the 2020-21 campaign. The men’s team began the season with a 4-0 record, while the women posted two wins in the first four meets.

In a recent men’s win over Southern Virginia University at VMI’s Clark King Pool, Jack Sheehan ’23 earned victories in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and the 200 IM, while Connor Doyle ’23 was a double winner in the 200 free and 500 free. Bridger Thurston ’23 won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competition. Zach Emerson ’22 won the 100 backstroke and the 200 back. The 200-medley relay team of Emerson, Sheehan, Thomas Muldowney ’21, and Chino Vera ’24 won the event while Vera, Dalton Cosner ’24, Anno Kong ’22, and Emerson won the 200-freestyle relay.

Sarah Liebenow ’24, Sophie Svoboda ’22, and London Yerasimides ’23 each won two individual events for the VMI women’s team against SVU. Liebenow won the 500 and 1000 free, while Svoboda was first in the 50 free and 100 free. Yerasimides won in the 1- and 3-meter dives, and Rukshana Sarkari ’24 earned a victory in the 100 back in 1:04.64. Izzy DeCosta ’23, Ellie Pickford ’24, Rachel Ahumada ’24, and Svoboda were victorious in the 200-freestyle relay.

Thurston and Emerson were named America East Conference Male Swimmer and Male Diver of the Week, respectively, for the week of March 8, 2020.