Davidson’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kicked off their season on a high note with a pair of third-place team finishes at the All-North Carolina Invitational meet, Oct. 2-3 in Greensboro.
Despite not posting an individual event win, the Wildcats teams finished behind N.C. State and East Carolina in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
Between the two teams, Davidson swimmers posted 20 top-10 finishes in the two-day meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Of those, nine were top-five finishes and four led to medals.
The top performers for the Wildcats were junior Katy Williams and senior Luke Burton, both of whom posted silver-medal finishes.
Williams finished second in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 22.18 seconds. Meanwhile, Burton was second in the men’s 100-meter backstroke in 50.25 seconds.
Williams also medaled in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, finishing third in 1:05.31. Junior Elise Lankiewicz picked up Davidson’s final medal, coming in third in the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:51.80.
Lankiewicz earned the Atlantic 10’s women’s swimmer of the week award for her performance at the All-N.C. Invitational. In addition to her medal in the women’s 200 freestyle, she swam a leg on the Wildcats’ women’s 400-meter freestyle relay team that finished fourth, and their women’s 200-meter medley relay team that finished fifth. She also finished seventh in the women’s 100-meter individual medley.
Burton also finished fourth in the men’s 200 backstroke and ninth in the men’s 100 individual medley, and swam a leg on Davidson’s fourth-place men’s 400 freestyle relay team and sixth-place men’s 200-meter medley relay team.
Other top-10 performances for the Wildcats came from freshman Anabelle Durham (eighth in women’s 100 backstroke), freshman Clay Resweber (eighth in men’s 1,650-meter freestyle and ninth in men’s 200-meter freestyle), and senior Grant Smith (seventh in men’s 400-meter individual medley).
Davidson men place 12th
Davidson’s men’s cross country team finished 12th at the 2015 Greater Louisville Classic meet, Oct. 3 in Louisville, Ky.
The Wildcats finished the 24-team meet with 389 poins, just 13 behind 11th-place Lipscomb (376) and 16 ahead of 13th-place La Salle (405).
Davidson’s top individual finisher was senior Ryan Phillips, who finished 48th overall by completing the eight-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 46.01 seconds.
Other Wildcats finishers were senior Daniel Samet (70th, 24:58.96), freshman Will Brewster (92nd, 25:17.75), freshman Dylan Carmack (96th, 25:19.60), sophomore Ian Robertson (141st, 25:53.84), sophomore Ramsay Ritchie (151st, 26:02.41), and junior Walker Mogen (155th, 26:04.31).
A-10 Player of the Week
Senior goalkeeper Emily Leytham was named the Atlantic 10’s field hockey Player of the Week for her performance the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
Leytham recorded 15 saves in two games as the Wildcats went 1-1 on the week, beating Saint Francis 1-0 in overtime on Oct. 2 and losing 2-1 to Lock Haven on Oct. 4.
Against Saint Francis, Leytham had a career-best 14 saves in recording her third consecutive shutout and Davidson’s third straight win. She also had a save in the loss to Lock Haven.
A-10 Rookie of the Week
Freshman swimmer Jake Perron was named the Atlantic 10 men’s swimming Rookie of the Week for Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
Perron posted a pair of top-15 finishes at the All-North Carolina Invitational meet, Oct. 2-3 in Greensboro. He finished 14th in both the men’s 500-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle, and swam the opening leg of the Wildcats’ men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team that finished fourth.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.