Men’s Swimming & Diving: Cadets reign over Pride, drop back-and-forth affair with Babson


NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men’s swimming & diving team topped Regis College in dominant fashion while falling to Babson College after a wildly thrilling back-and-forth affair in Goodyear Pool on Saturday afternoon.

The Cadets cruised to a 234-40 win over the Pride, while suffering a 156-142 setback to the Beavers.

Norwich opened the lengthy afternoon with a strong first-place showing in the 200-yard medley relay, where the team of Adrian Riendeau (Ridgecrest, Calif.), Will Thompson (Downington, Penn.), Benjamin Stark (Montverde, Fla.), and Martin Adlianitski (Cheshire, Conn.) posted a 1:38.35 time to top Babson’s A relay team by just under two seconds.

After a win by Babson’s Spencer Ernest in the 1000-yard freestyle, the Cadets claimed the ensuing three individual events, with Adlianitski, the reigning Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Athlete of the Week honoree, taking the 200-yard freestyle.  Riendeau, the two-time GNAC Rookie of the Week, captured the 50-yard backstroke.  Thompson closed out the strong showings by the relay team with a win in the 50-yard breaststroke.

The Beavers would make up some ground with a pair of victories before the first diving event, where Jack Brennan (Hopkinton, Mass.)and Aidan Grady (Sandwich, Mass.) placed first and second.  Stark would continue the momentum, edging out Babson’s Nathan Ford by 29 milliseconds in the 100-yard freestyle.  Adlianitski and Stark would scoop up wins in the two individual events before the final diving event in the 500-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly.

Brennan’s 263.90 in the 1-meter 6-optional would be Norwich’s final individual victory, as Babson’s Joshua Kim would pick up a pivotal win in the 100-yard IM to close out all individual events.

The Cadets will return to action next weekend, heading to SUNY Potsdam for the North Country Invitational on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19.  Start time on Friday is slated for 4 p.m., while Saturday will begin at 10 a.m.  Norwich’s tri-meet with Regis and Babson marks the final home meet at Goodyear Pool until Jan. 14, 2023.