Women’s Swimming and Diving Wins First Three Competitions

by Mary Laut

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Returning nearly its entire team from 2020-21, the Drew University women’s swimming & diving teams takes to the pool with high hopes under seventh-year head coach Rich Munson. The Rangers return five All-Landmark Conference performers from last season’s squad that competed in a shortened season that included only one meet—the Landmark Conference Virtual Championships.

A number of strong performers are back, including last year’s conference Rookie of the Year, Amira Hadri (‘24). Hadri captured four first-team all-conference certificates last season by virtue of her victories in those events. She reached the top of the podium in the 50-freestyle, 200-freestyle relay, 200-medley relay and 400-freestyle relay. In addition, she broke the school record in the 50-freestyle as well as the 200-freestyle relay and 200-medley relay. Hadri finished as the conference runner-up in the 100-backstroke and 100-freestyle.

Also returning as first-team All-Landmark performers/conference champions are Mackenzie Garcia Hynds (’22), Katie Cashin (’23), Sydney Everhart (’22) and Grace Aboussleman (’23). Garcia-Hynds enjoyed a tremendous championship last winter, winning two individual events (100- and 200-freestyle) and three relays (200-freestyle, 200-medley, 400-freestyle) while claiming the silver in the 50-free. She is a member of all five of the school’s record-holding relay teams. The 2020 Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year, Cashin collected four gold medals at last year’s championship in the 500-freestyle, 200-free relay, 200-medley relay and 400-free relay. She was also the conference runner-up in the 200-freestyle and 200-backstroke. Cashin’s name appears seven times in the school’s record book for her program-best times in the 200-butterfly, 200-IM, 400-IM, 200-free relay, 400-free relay, 800-free relay and 200-medley relay. Everhart claimed her third consecutive Landmark Conference title in the 100-butterfly last season while also swimming a leg on the winning 200-medley relay. In addition, she was the silver medalist in the 200-butterfly. Everhart enters the season as the Drew record-holder in the 100-fly and both medley relays. Aboussleman returns as a member of the conference-champion and school record-holding 200- and 400-freestyle relay teams. Individually, she was an eighth-place finisher in both the 50- and 100-free. 

The Drew University women’s swimming & diving team captured its first-ever dual-meet win over the Catholic University on Saturday, Oct. 16 in Kirby Pool, scoring a 167-126 victory. The Rangers won 9 of 16 events, including victories in both relay events.

The Rangers opened the meet by winning the 200-medley relay. Justine Drake (’23), Tori Newton (‘24), Alex Edwing (’23) and Victoria Kuenzel (’25) posted a winning time of 1:50.79. Katerina Poulathas (’25) enjoyed a tremendous collegiate debut for Drew, winning three individual events. She touched first in the 100-freestyle (55.63), 200-freestyle (1:59.19) and 100-butterfly (1:00.58). Cashin and Hadri each contributed to three overall victories while capturing two individual events apiece. Cashin won both the 200-butterfly (2:16.67) and 200-IM (2:16.56) while Hadri, the reigning Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year, won both the 100-backstroke (1:01.36) and 50-freestyle (25.67). Both Rangers swam on the victorious 400-freestyle relay (3:46.30), consisting of Aboussleman and Garcia Hynds.

Poulathas has been honored as the Landmark Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week. Poulathas opened her collegiate career in impressive fashion, winning all three of her individual events to help lead the Rangers to a 167-126 win over Catholic. She touched first in the 100-freestyle, 200-freestyle and 100-butterfly, winning by over a second in the 100-free, nearly three seconds in the 200-free, and over four seconds in the 100-fly. Poulathas currently owns the fastest times in the Landmark Conference in all three of her individual events, and she also ranks 30th in Division III in the 200-freestyle.

Katerina Poulathas has been named Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week. Courtesy of Drewrangers.com

The Drew University women’s swimming & diving team won 10 of 16 events and swept a double-dual meet from Montclair State University and Moravian University on Friday, Oct. 22 in Kirby Pool. The Rangers defeated Montclair State 170.5-129.5 and Moravian, who were competing in their inaugural meet, 250-24. Drew, which defeated Montclair State for the first time since 2002, improved to 3-0 on the season.

Hadri led the way for the Rangers with three individual victories, touching first in the 50-backstroke (27.77), 100-backstroke (1:00.97) and the 50-butterfly (27.80). Garcia Hynds and Poulathas contributed two individual wins each. Garcia Hynds won both the 50-freestyle (25.31) and the 100-freestyle (54.93) while Poulathas prevailed in the 200-freestyle (1:57.51) and the 500-freestyle (5:17.53). Also turning in one victory apiece were Harper Sensiba (’25) in the 1,000-freestyle (11:12.58) and Cashin in the 100-butterfly (1:00.61). In addition, the Rangers captured the 200-medley relay, as Hadri, Newton, Poulathas and Garcia Hynds won in 1:50.97.

The Rangers return to action on Friday Nov. 5, when they visit Stevens at 6 p.m.

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