Post swimmers make big splash at NYU Invitational

Maxime Devillaz

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the LIU Post women’s swimming team showed precise form ahead of the upcoming Metropolitan Conference Championships. The team won five of the seven events at the NYU Invitational, which was held at NYU’s Coles Sports Center.

The day started off with a team win for the Pioneers. The LIU Post squad raced to a time of 1:48.95 in the 200-yard medley relay, with three of the swimmers under 30 seconds. Senior Carolin Rademacher continued her winning ways with back-to-back wins. Rademacher won her first event in the 400-yard individual relay with a time of 4:34.45, and touched the pad at 1:06.20 for the 100-yard breaststroke to secure the second. Freshman Erika Hultman swam in at third place in the latter stanza. 

The Pioneers grabbed three top-four spots in the 100-yard butterfly. Junior Joyce Kwow bested the event with a time of 58.02, with freshman Laura Bendfeldt less than two seconds after. Junior Marthe Soerensen earned fourth place at 1:02.78.

LIU Post doubled up in the 100-yard backstroke, as well, with senior Johanna Petterson hitting the pad first at 58.49 and junior Meghan Brazier finishing second at 59.31. Senior Courtney Delehanty added a fourth-place mention in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Pioneers came in second in the final event of the day, the 800-yard freestyle relay; the top distance swimmers swam the feat at a time of 8:05.54.  Head women’s swimming coach Maureen Travers and the Pioneers return to the pool on Friday, Feb. 20, when they will defend their conference title at the Metropolitan Conference Championships in Piscataway, N.J. After that, the National Championships await for a group of swimmers in Indianapolis.

This article was originally published in the Pioneer, the award-winning student newspaper of LIU Post,, and is republished here by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.

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