AU women’s and men’s teams continue record-breaking performance at UNYSCSA championships
ITHACA, NY – Three more Alfred University women’s swimming and diving records and a men’s school relay mark fell Friday night at the Upper New York Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) championship meet at Ithaca College.
Freshman Carly Watson (Hyde Park, NY/FDR) and Chrissy Behr (Manahawkin, NJ/Southern Regional) set new records, respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. Watson finished fifth in 2:11.69 to shatter the school mark of 2:13.86 she set earlier in the day during preliminary heats. Behr placed eighth in 59.27 seconds to eclipse her own record of 59.49 seconds, also set during this morning’s preliminaries.
Behr and Watson were part of another school relay record broken Friday evening, the third women’s school relay mark broken since the UNYSCSA meet began Wednesday. Behr, followed by senior Shelby Remington (Pike, NY/Letchworth), freshman Kelsey McRill (Solon, OH/Solon) and Watson, finished ninth in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Their time of 8:06.82 broke the school record of 8:12.02 set in 2002.
Alfred women’s teams also set new school records in the 200 medley relay (Wednesday) and the 200 freestyle relay (Thursday).
The AU men’s 800-yard freestyle relay also set a new mark record Friday night, erasing what had been the oldest relay standard in the Alfred record books . The team of sophomore Zac Toth (Lockport, NY/Starpoint), senior Nate Chapman (Hornell, NY/Hornell), sophomore David Coombes (Dansville, NY/Dansville) and junior Pete Sowinski (Akron, NY/Akron) swam to a fourth-place finish in 6:52.72 to break the previous school mark of 6:56.79, set in 1985. The team's time met NCAA provisional "B" cut qualifying standards.
After three days at the four-day championship, which conclude Saturday, the Alfred women’s team is in 10th place of 15 teams competing, with 323 points. The Saxon men are in seventh place out of 14 teams competing, with 354 points. Stevens leads both the men’s and women’s team standings.
Junior Cassie Brown (Canisteo, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) was the only AU women’s team member other than Watson and Behr to compete in an individual event in Friday’s finals. She took 13th in women’s 1-meter diving with 345.20 points.
Three members of the AU men’s team scored in individual events during Friday’s finals races. Toth was 12th in the 200 fly (1:56.22); freshman Dustin Whyte (Wrentham, MA/King Philip Regional) was 23rd in the 200 fly (2:03.58); and Coombes was 16th in the 100-yard backstroke (54.25).
The championships conclude Saturday with the men’s and women’s 1,650-yard freestyle; men’s and women’s 100-yard freestyle; men’s and women’s 200-yard backstroke; men’s and women’s 200-yard breaststroke; men’s and women’s 400-yard freestyle relays; and men’s 3-meter diving. Live results for all events during the four-day meet, and a daily schedule of events are available on-line.
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