With his first recruiting class and a strong group of veterans, Marc Danin and the Clarkson University swim and dive program are poised to take a step forward in the Liberty League next spring as the grueling winter season for the Golden Knights ends this weekend with a tri-meet against RIT and St. Lawrence University begins.

Danin is entering his second season at the helm of the Knights and has assistants in his freshman year Makayla Sargent and Kathryn Murphyboth highly skilled performers in the pool in their student days to help Clarkson excel this winter.

Clarkson will be without a handful of standout performers on the women’s side for the first time since 2018. Paige Fronczak and Taylor Lee has set numerous program marks for the Knights over the years, with Fronczak taking the top three freestyle times in short events and Lee setting the top two times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. The duo, along with Amelie Kannercould count on regular points and wins in doubles, so completing it will be a small success for the Knights.

Despite the departure of Fronczak, Lee and Kanner, Clarkson’s women have plenty of depth to maintain their place in the Liberty League and potentially boost standing. Senior Madelyn Nowicki scored 200 butterfly, 400 medley and 1650 freestyle as a junior at the Liberty League Championships last February Bella Triolet scored points in both the 100 and 200 meter backstroke and had the best individual result (fifth place) of any Golden Knights swimmer at the championships, in the 100 meter butterfly. second grader Gabriela McSwieney is looking to take a step forward from her promising freshman college season after competing in two “C” finals in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, along with her ninth place finish in the 1650 freestyle. Among the newcomers Aurelie Leonard can put her name in the program record book before her college career is over, and Ava Lamontagne will contribute to a rich recent history of freestyle swimmers.

Clarkson’s freestyle swimmers will be Alex Barnes, Bella Eremita, Shannon Glor, Emily Greene, Sydney Kannerlamontagne, Sina LufkinMcSwieney, Rachel MietlickiNowicki, Ellen Pattersonand Avery shoemaker. The special events will feature Barnes, Bailey Brennan, Eremita, Grace GirardKanner, Leonard, Lufkin, Nowicki, Patterson, Nicole Sayman, Claudia Scala, Angela Tewksbury, and Triolet regularly compete for points. The divers under Murphy’s guidance are Carolyn Colosi, Paige Cutlerand Sayman.

Clarkson’s men didn’t see quite the same wear and tear as the women, however Nicholas Mueller was a consistent performer in the freestyle races. The Golden Knights stable is full when it comes to underclassmen, however, as last year’s freshmen are poised to make a step forward, as are the other “first-year” colleges, this year’s juniors, who due to a full Missed swim season to COVID in 2020-21. Tristan Miranda and Michael Schroeder Both had strong first seasons for the Knights as freshmen in 2021-22 and the duo seem easy to deny the sophomore slump if preseason results are any indication. Schroeder was top 15 in both the 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m backstroke at the 2022 Liberty League Championships and will be in contention for some A-finals this year, while Miranda has plenty of success in the distance Freestyle events recorded a year ago. classmates in their second year Cooper Mattice was another strong first year 2021-22, placing top 12 in the 400 individual medley and both 100 and 200 backstroke at the championship meeting. Clarkson’s second graders from a year ago also saw great success a year ago Colin Urmaza Swimming in two finals for the 100 and 200 breaststroke along with a final appearance in the 200 individual medley, Bradley Ball competing with 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley finals and Guillermo Barrios, Tim Jordanand Luke St Amour seeing solid results in freestyle racing. First year collegiate Connor Tasselmeyer will likely see his name at the top of several result lists in the short freestyle races and classmates Landon Colby is currently the Knights’ fastest swimmer in the medley.

The freestyle swimmers for Clarkson in the 2022-23 season are Barrios, Beall, Jared Enser, Finn Halstead, Aiden Howard, Charlie Jordan, Tim Jordanmiranda, Aaron Reck, Collin slip, Andreas Sypko, and Tasselmeyer. The special events regularly feature Barrios, Beall, Colby, Alex Estano, Aiden Howard, Nicholas LamyMattice, Miranda, Schroder Jayden SeymourSyko, Jon Tran, and Urmaza. Clarkson’s divers are Max Lempert and Max Wang.

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