January 19, 2013

Pacers Withstand Challenge from Gophers, Earn 143-118 Win

Seniors Start, Finish First-Place Effort in 200 Medley Relay

TOWSON, Md. — Goucher had a chance to finish the 2012-13 campaign with a .500 record, but couldn't come up with the win over Maryood at home today to pull it off. Instead, the Pacers withstood the challenge and earned a 143-118 victory over head coach Thomas Till's squad.

It was the final meet of the regular season for the Gophers, who will now set their sights on the 2013 Landmark Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, which Marywood, an affiliate member of the Landmark Conference, will host Feb. 8-10.

The first event proved to be a harbinger of how things would play out in today's meet. Goucher's entry of Colin Richter (Cleburne, Texas/Cleburne), Cody Nelson (Duanesburg, N.Y./Schalmont), Charlie Leonard (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) and Brian Cha (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge) posted a time of 1:42.86 in the 200-yard medley relay, which was good for only second place as a foursome from Marywood was clocked at 1:42.77.

The Gophers (4-6, 1-5 Landmark) did come back to produce the first-place performer in six individual events and five of those times it was one of the Richter twins. Colin touched first in both backstroke events and the 200-yard individual medley; Morgan Richter (Cleburne, Texas/Cleburne) did the same in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly.

The winning times by the Richter twins were :56.15 in the 100 back, 2:03.85 in the 200 back, 2:05.40 in the 200 IM, 1:49.90 in the 200 free and 2:00.51 in the 200 fly.

Nelson took first in the 200 breaststroke, completing the event in 2:24.10.

Second-place finishes by Goucher swimmers came from Danny Carroll (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) in the 1000 free (10:43.82), Nelson in the 100 breast (1:05.71), Sam Davis (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) in the 50 free (:23.03) and Morgan Richter in the 500 free (5:07.40).

Brendan McFadden (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) and Leonard, the only two seniors on the 2012-13 roster, swam the first and fourth legs, respectively, on the Goucher entry that placed first in the 200 medley relay, the final event in the meet against the Pacers (4-8, 2-4 Landmark). Also competing on that entry for Goucher, which was clocked at 1:42.86, were Colin Richter and Nelson.