Swim and Squash Prepare for Championships this Weekend

Conor McLaughlin ‘16, Co-Sports Editor

The Dickinson squash and swimming programs are currently preparing for their respective end of the year championships this upcoming weekend.

The men’s and women’s squash teams will travel up north to Yale University in Connecticut to compete in the College Squash Association Team Championships from Friday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 21.

The Swim teams, on the other hand, have a much easier trip to nearby Gettyrsburg College where they will compete in the Centennial Conference Chmpionships over the weekend.

The men’s squash team finished out the regular season with a tough  9-0 loss against Drexel University at home. They are a respectable 12-8 on the season, but have faltered in six of their final 10 matches. Abdelrahman Elsergany ’19 has the best record for the Red Devils as of late, winning six of his last ten matches. He is 12-5 on the season, competing in the top flight in all 17 appearances. Brian Hamilton ’19 and Hal Holappa ’19 also have had strong seasons for the Red Devils, going 13-7 and 12-8 respectively, while splitting time between the top three flights. These three first-years will look to lead the Red Devil Charge this weekend.

The women’s squash team boasts a 9-7 record, but has won three of their last four games after falling in their final match 8-1 to #9 Drexel.

Sarah Clothier ’19 has posted a nice season thus far, winning 11 of her 16 starts this year in the 3rd, 4th and 5th flights. Hedvika Suchankova ’19 has also held her own as a first year in the top flight all year, going 7-4 on the season. Just like the men, success from younger players will be vital this weekend for the Red Devils.

After opening the season with a hot start, men’s swimming has cooled off as of late. The Red Devils began the season 6-1 before losing their final three meets. To the Red Devils’ credit, each of the final three events, including a thriller in the Kline Center against Gettysburg, have been very tight calls. In order to make a run at the Centennial and take down the likes of Gettysburg, Washington and Swarthmore who have all defeated the Red Devils, Dickinson will need to regain some of their early season form and their winning ways.

Unlike the men, the women’s swim team got off to a slow start this season. After faltering in their first two meets, the Red Devils rebounded to finish the season 6-5. The Red Devils have two losses in conference this year, one to Gettysburg and  the other to Franklin and Marshall. After taking down Swarthmore in the final meet of the season 110.5-94.5, the women’s team will hope to ride a small wave of momentum into the Centennial Conference Championships.

The men’s and women’s teams have two seniors each who will look to leave their mark one last time for the Red Devils. We wish all four teams the best of luck as they compete and represent Dickinson this weekend.