Men victorious over Marist while women fall short at Senior Day

Seton Hall Athletics

The men’s swimming and diving program earned a 158.5-141.5 win over Marist on Saturday in their final home meet, while the women fell short 159-140.

On the men’s side, seniors Zach DeLillo, Richard Lessard, James Logan and Ben Mitchell were sent out on a winning note while improving to 9-1 overall this season.

DeLillo, Logan and Mitchell were a part of three of the Pirates’ eight event victories on the afternoon while the other five were recorded by freshmen – helping to hold off a challenge from the Red Foxes of Marist.

DeLillo and Logan got off to a strong start early, as the two teamed to help the Pirates open the meet with a win in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:34.47. Other swimmers in the medly included sophomore Keith Carlino and junior Tim Bosse.

Freshman Matt Zebrowski was the only men’s competitor for the Pirates to earn multiple wins on the afternoon. His first performance in the 200-butterfly clocked in a time of 1:53.60, while the second first-place showing came in the butterfly as well with a 51.36 mark at 100 yards.

In diving, the two-time Big East champion, Mitchell, urged on a rowdy crowd from the three-meter board just moments before sticking his final competitive dive here at Seton Hall, finishing with a first-place finish with a score of 308.03.

For the women, sophomore Tessa Lindner and freshman Kylene Ronayne, Big East Women’s Swimming and Diving athlete of the week, each added two victories to their collection while fellow newcomer, Kat Carson, accounted for the Pirates’ other individual win.

Lindner and Carson opened their day as part of a winning 200-medley relay team that included juniors Gabi Levine and Megan Mallon as the team combined to turn in a time of 1:48.85.

In the 400-free relay, Lindner, Carson and Ronayne teamed with Sam Shirtliff to post a 3:38.05 mark to close the competition on a high note.

In the 200-fly, Lindner clocked in at 2:10.58 and was followed to the finish by teammates Cece Henry (2:11.32) and Jane Ehret (2:14.53). Freshman Sydney Simpson (59.38) and Levine (59.40) broke the one-minute mark as well, earning second and third-place points respectively.

Junior Gabby Signorelli headlined the Pirates from the board on the women’s side recording a third-place finish from three meters (262.65).

In addition to those contributed by Ronayne and Carson, the Hall picked up four more runner-up finishes on the afternoon, although the meet ultimately did not finish in their favor.

Both teams will travel to Storrs, Connecticut to take on the University of Connecticut huskies on Sunday afternoon. Meet time is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Olivia Mulvihill can be reached at or on twitter @OliviaMulvihill

Author: Staff Writer

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