Setting records and winning scholarships; Junior Tara Leininger excels in the pool and in the classroom

There may not be a ton of similarities between researching high-energy particle physics and swimming a 200-yard individual medley, but for Tara Leininger ’22 – one seems to feed the other. That might be because she’s good at both. A physics and math major, Leininger earned the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship in April, an award […]

Change of plans: Fall athletes thrown into unpredictable spring seasons

It’s not unusual for college athletes to prepare their bodies and practice their skills year-round, and perhaps even play non-league games in their offseason. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the ways in which college athletics operate have completely changed. And the biggest change of all might be the Patriot League’s decision for all fall […]

Two generations of Lafayette swimmers join forces to coach outdoors during the pandemic

Emma Piascik ’21 has been swimming for over 10 years, but in order to stay connected with the sport during the pandemic, she had to get creative. Amidst the craziness of the outbreak, Piascik reconnected with her former high school swimming coach and Lafayette graduate Bill Deatly ’81 in order to stay active during quarantine. […]

Student-athlete check-in: What life looks like on campus this semester

Despite the cancellation of the fall season for all Lafayette sports teams, student-athletes on and off-campus are still preparing for an eventual return to competition. Zoom meetings, fitness challenges, watching film and holding socially-distanced practices are just a few of the ways that athletes have stayed connected with their teams this fall. “One of the […]

Swim and dive team breaks five school records at conference championships

Breaking school records is almost getting old for sophomore Justin Lloyd. After breaking the 1000-yard freestyle record in November, Lloyd added two individual records and broke two more in relay events last week at the Patriot League championship meet, contributing to four of the five new Lafayette records. “It was pretty cool,” he said. “But […]

Swim and dive team prepares for conference championship meet: Sophomore Kyle Goodwill enters all-time top-10 school record books

Most of the Lafayette swim and dive team used last Saturday’s Navy Invitational to “shave and taper” in preparation for the Patriot League championship meet in two weekends. Sophomore Kyle Goodwill also used the invitational as an opportunity to break into the school’s all-time record books. Goodwill now holds the seventh fastest time in Lafayette history […]

Diving into uncharted waters: Lafayette’s team of varsity walk-ons

Swimmers crowd the edge of the pool at the Weinstein Natatorium at practice, with many waiting for the cannon to sound off. Across the natatorium in the diving pool are just four divers, continuously practicing as diving coach Cindy O’Donnell occasionally shouts encouragement and coaching suggestions. None of the divers had pre-collegiate experience. Seniors Isabella […]

Swim and dive miss the leaderboard, but make waves in Lafayette history at conference championships

The Lafayette swim and dive team concluded their 2019 season at Bucknell this past week as they competed in the Patriot League Championship meet. Although the team didn’t make a splash on the leaderboard, they added 19 times into the Lafayette all-time top-10 finishes in school history. The men finished out their portion of the […]