EVENT: Men's and Women's Swimming at Fairfield
DATE: Fri, Jan. 5, 2018
TIME: 4 p.m.
LOCATION: RecPlex Center - Fairfield, CT
Opening dive... After a successful 2017, the men's and women's swimming teams will continue the second half of the 2017-18 season when both squads head to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe, Fairfield University on Friday, January 5 at 4 p.m.
Fairfield scout... The men's team enters the meet with a 1-4 record overall and a 1-1 MAAC record with a win over Monmouth. The women's team has a 4-1 overall record and a 2-0 MAAC mark with wins over Monmouth and Marist. Both teams posted top three finishes at the ECAC Winter Championships before break, placing third and second, respectively.
Last time in the water… The Peacocks participated in the annual H2ounds Invitational at Loyola University before break to close out 2017. The men's team finished the meet in fourth place and the women's squad placed fifth.
Next time in the water… The men's and women's swimming teams will host their home-opening meet on Tuesday, January 16 at the Yanitelli Center Pool at 4 p.m. against Lafayette College.
Women dominate Stony Brook… The women's swimming team earned the first win of the 2017-18 season in dominating fashion, knocking off Stony Brook, 103-82 on the road. The Peacocks never trailed in the meet on their way to the team's first victory under head coach Mark Kretzer.
Perfect start to the season… The men's swimming team opened up the 2017-18 season with four straight wins, compiling a 4-0 overall record and 1-0 MAAC record. The team put together wins over Mount Saint Mary's, NJIT, MAAC foe Manhattan, and Pace.
Preseason Polls… The Saint Peter's University men's swimming team was selected seventh in 2017-18 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) preseason coaches' poll. The men's team received 31 votes in the poll. The Saint Peter's University women's swimming team was picked 10th in the MAAC women's coaches' poll. The women's team earned 10 votes.
About the coach… Mark Kretzer begins his second season as the head coach for swimming and diving in 2017-18. In 2016-17, Kretzer led the men's swimming and diving team to three victories, including a win on senior day against MAAC rival Monmouth. The men's team finished in seventh place and the MAAC tournament and Kretzer coach 12 student-athletes that made the MAAC All-Academic team. Kretzer has served as the Team Suffolk Swim Club Elite/Jr. Elite Team Coach and the Half Hollow Hills Central School District Aquatics Director since 2010 and Aquatic All-Stars LLC Owner and Head Coach since 2009. He also most recently held the position of Head Girls Varsity Swimming Coach at Northport High School in Northport, NY. With Team Suffolk, he coached two 2016 Olympic Trial Qualifiers and numerous national championship qualifiers. As the Boy's Varsity Coach at Half Hollow Hills, he led the team to a New York State Team Championship in 2016. From 2010-2014 Kretzer coached the current Jamaican national record holder in five events. Post College, Kretzer spent three years working and training with Olympic and NCAA champions at Imagine Swimming, and the New York Athletic Club. Kretzer is a 2006 graduate of Bucknell University where he was a two-time Patriot League Conference Champion in the 200 fly and 100 backstroke. He was the class of 2006 Patriot League high point scorer as well. Kretzer also held the Suffolk County high school record in the 100 backstroke and was a five-time New York State Finalist.