Pirates cut a fine figure in Win over Rider

South Orange, NJ – The Seton Hall men’s swimming and diving team started their season on the right foot, eliminating Rider, 167-128, on Saturday afternoon at the Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium. The Pirates have won 10 of the 14 possible events.

Things started with the 200 medley relay, as the Pirates won each of the top two spots. The quartet of Ross Pantano (Bennington, Neb.), Ben Endersby (Caldwell, New Jersey), Justin Oosterwyk (Pequannock, NJ) and Tommy Minar (Oxford, Conn.) combined to hit the wall in 1:31.61 to take first place.

Clil Halevi (Kafar Hadranim, Israel) followed that up by winning the 1,000 freestyle in his first varsity race, finishing with a time of 9:34.49. It would be one of two wins of the day for Halevi, as he also took first place in the 500 freestyle. First-year student Kevin Cary (West Chester, Pa.) also won his first race, taking first place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.54.

Pantano added two individual wins to his relay win that started the day. The senior took first place in the 100 backstroke (50.63) and 200 backstroke (1:52.19). Joining him with a pair of individual wins in the afternoon was Michel Klimaszewski (London, England), who took first place in the 200 Fly (1:51.59) and 100 Fly (49.77).

Endersby and Quinn Murtha (Cumming, Georgia) also had individual wins that day for the Pirates. Murtha won the first 3M dive with a score of 285.00, while Endersby won the 100 backstroke in 56.25. Endersby was also part of the 200 freestyle relay team that swam the fastest time in the event, finishing with a time of 1:24.80.

The Pirates return to action next weekend as they travel to take on the army. The match is scheduled to start Friday at 5 p.m.

Helen J. Jimenez