Swimming & Diving

Men's and Women's Swimming Welcome Lafayette for Home Opener on Tuesday

Men's and Women's Swimming Welcome Lafayette for Home Opener on Tuesday

EVENT: Men's and Women's Swimming vs. Lafayette College

DATE: Tues, Jan. 16, 2018

TIME: 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Yanitelli Center – Jersey City, NJ


Opening dive... The men's and women's swim teams will have their home opening meets on Tuesday, January 16, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Yanitelli Center pool. Both teams will welcome Lafayette College to Jersey City for the home meets.


Lafayette scout... The Leopards come to Jersey City with both men's and women's squads 0-2 on the season. Lafayette's two losses came against their Patriot League conference foes, Loyola Maryland and Lehigh. The meet will be the first for Lafayette in 2018 and the first time the Leopards are in the water in two months, with their last meet taking place on November 17.


Last time in the water… The men's and women's teams both swam in a meet at MAAC foe Fairfield University on January 5. The men's team improved to 2-0 in the MAAC and 4-2 overall after defeating the Stags in the meet, 159-121. The team earned wins in the 200 medley relay, 800 free, 200 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 100 free, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 free, and 200 free relay. The women's team participated in a tri-meet with Wagner in addition to host Fairfield, dropping both meets.


Next time in the water… The men's and women's swim teams return to the pool on Saturday, January 20, when the squads head to hOURglass Rival, Monmouth for a MAAC meet. The men will take on Monmouth only, while the women will face Monmouth and LIU Brooklyn. First dive is set for 1 p.m.


Women dominate Stony Brook… The women's swim 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 swim 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 swim 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 swim 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.