AU swimming and diving teams compete at UNYSCSA championships
ITHACA, NY – The Alfred University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed Wednesday at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) championships.
In the women’s 200 medley relay, the Saxons “A” team of sophomore Chrissy Behr (Manahawkin, NJ/Southern Regional) and freshmen Kelsey McRill (Solon, OH/Solon), Carly Watson (Hyde Park, NY/FDR) and Emma Gromelski (Clarks Summit, PA/Abington Heights) placed fifth in 1:50.44 to establish a new AU school record.
After the first day of competition, the AU men are in sixth place with 107 points, with Stevens leading the 14-team field. The Alfred women sit in 11th place, with 105 points, with Ithaca in first of 15 teams competing. The four-day UNYSCSA meet is being held today (Wednesday, Feb. 20) through Saturday, Feb. 23, at Ithaca College.
In the men’s 500-yard freestyle, AU senior Nate Chapman (Hornell, NY/Hornell) placed 14th with a time of 4:48.12. Sophomore Joseph Rogers (Dublin, NH) was 23rd in 4:54.03, and freshman Dustin Whyte (Wrentham, MA/King Philip Regional) was 24th in 4:57.80.
Other AU men competing in Wednesday’s finals were: sophomore Zac Toth (Lockport, NY/Starpoint), who took 12th in the 200 IM (1:56.12); and sophomore David Luke (Ocala, FL/West Port) and junior Pete Sowinski (Akron, NY/Akron), 11th (21.18 seconds) and 15th (21.58), respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle.
Behr and McRill were the only AU women’s swimmers to compete in Wednesday’s finals in individual swimming events. Behr took 10th in the 50 free (24.44 seconds). McRill was 11th in 24.84 seconds. AU junior Cassie Brown (Canisteo, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) placed eighth in 3-meter diving (373.15 points).
Both AU men’s teams scored in the 200 medley relay. The Saxons’ “A” team of sophomore David Coombes (Dansville, NY/Dansville), freshman Jake Olson (Dansville, NY/Dansville), senior Brett Irwin (Springwater, NY/Wayland-Cohocton) and Luke took eighth in 1:37.68; Alfred’s “B” team of freshman Cian Richardson (Woodacre, CA/Sir Francis Drake), junior Terry Soto (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris), junior Jake Giglio (Hornell, NY/Hornell) and Chapman finished 23rd in 1:41.92.
The championships continue Thursday with the men’s and women’s 200-yard freestyle relay; men’s and women’s 400-yard individual medley; men’s and women’s 100-yard butterfly; men’s and women’s 200-yard freestyle; men’s and women’s 400-yard medley relay; and men’s 1-meter diving. Preliminary heats begin at 10 a.m.; finals begin at 6 p.m. Live results for all events during the four-day meet, and a daily schedule of events are available on-line.
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