SUNY New Paltz Splits With Vassar College

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SUNY New Paltz swimming splits with Vassar College on Friday night.

SUNY New Paltz Press Release:

The State University of New York at New Paltz men’s swimming team captured seven event wins and relied on strong depth, defeating Vassar College, 149-132, on Friday night at Kresge Pool.

Junior Rob Cahn (Bellmore, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) was a double-event winner for the Hawks, winning both the 200 freestyle (1:52.03) and the 500 freestyle (5:08.15).

New Paltz rises to 1-0 with the win and hosts Ramapo College tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in its home opener. Vassar drops to 1-1 with the loss and next visits Skidmore College on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m.

A large reason for the Hawks’ win came off of a pair of relay victories. The quartet of sophomore Caleb Treadwell (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) and seniors Ryan Lindgren (Hurley, N.Y./Kingston), Ethan Cooke (Middletown, Conn./Middletown) and Will Koenig (Highland, Calif./Redlands East Valley) began the meet with a winning performance of 1:40.48 in the 200 medley relay, while the foursome of junior Austin Kowalsky (Bellmore, N.Y./W.C. Mepham), Treadwell, Cooke and Koenig finished the meet with the top time of 3:22.77 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Sophomore Barrett Celecki (Barneveld, N.Y./Holland Patent) made his collegiate distance debut in the 1,000 freestyle Friday night and ended up edging the field with a time of 10:40.62. Sophomore Marc Piliero (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) took top honors in the 100 backstroke (58.14), while Kowalsky muscled his way to a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle (22.55).

Second-place finishes came from Lindgren in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.58) and the 100 freestyle (52.33), juniorThomas Whittico (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) in the 200 butterfly (2:17.00), sophomore Colin Duell (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.35), Cooke in the 100 butterfly (56.82) and sophomore Kevin Sales (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) in the 400 individual medley (4:46.66).

The State University of New York at New Paltz women’s swimming team was unable to overcome diving points and top-end swims from Vassar College on Friday night at Kresge Pool, falling by a 163-128 final to the Brewers.

Taking out the diving points, Vassar edged the Hawks, 134-128, in the swimming events by taking second and third on the final relay of the meet. New Paltz’s depth kept the score close, as the Hawks overcame nine Vassar first-place finishes in the swimming events.

New Paltz drops to 0-1 with the loss and hosts Ramapo College tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in its home opener. Vassar rises to 2-0 with the victory and next visits Skidmore College on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m.

Freshman Jaimie Kaefer (North Bellmore, N.Y./W.C. Mepham) posted the Hawks’ first win of the evening in the 200 freestyle, clocking a 2:00.63, while freshman Nicole Lee (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) charted the top time in the 100 backstroke (1:04.40). Sophomore Molly McCulloch (Rome, N.Y./Holland Patent) touched first in the 50 freestyle (25.59), while senior Cassidy Griger (Cooperstown, N.Y./Cooperstown Central) won the 100 freestyle (55.07).

The foursome of Lee, senior Casey O’Connor (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), junior Aimee Del Favero(Auburn, N.Y./Home School) and senior Krista VerMeersch (Newark, N.Y./Newark) closed out the meet with a winning time of 3:47.36 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Second-place finishes came from Griger in the 1,000 freestyle (11:02.58), freshman Katie Donlevy (Bayside, N.Y./The Mary Louis Academy) in the 200 freestyle (2:02.29), senior Ella Graffin (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) in the 100 backstroke (1:05.94), senior Kim Kallansrude (Muttontown, N.Y./Jericho) in the 200 butterfly (2:22.42), Lee in the 200 backstroke (2:21.12), O’Connor in the 500 freestyle (5:36.31), senior Maggie Heaton (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) in the 100 butterfly (1:00.83) and Kaefer in the 400 individual medley.

Vassar Press Release:

The Vassar women’s swimming team was powered by 11 event victories, including a school record from freshman Mia Moraru in the 3-meter diving event as the Brewers topped SUNY-New Paltz 163-128.

Diving in just her third collegiate meet, Moraru dazzled with a mark of 245.24 in the 3-meter, 6-dive event at Kresge Pool. The combined score edged the previous record of 244.57 set by alumnus Kelly Wilkinson last season. Moraru also picked nine points for VC with a victory in the 1-meter dive event (221.63).

Moraru was not the only freshman to impress, as fellow first-years Sammy Stone, Kael Ragnini and Hayley Schultz combined for four event wins. Stone was first in the 1000 free, cruising to a time of 10:44.04 to secure her first win of the night. Stone went on to finish first in the 500 free to push the Brewers back ahead in the team scoring late, hitting a time of 5:18.71. Stone also notched second in 100 free (55.11) finishing just four hundredths of a second off the leader and swimming the fastest time of any Brewer this season.

Ragnini finished first in the 200 backstroke, swimming three seconds ahead of the field with a mark of 2:18.06. She also notched third place in the 200 free (2:02.77).

Schultz took first overall in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:33.44 with senior teammate Anna Kuo (2:35.00) claiming second. The pair flipped positions earlier in the 100 breast, with Kuo (1:11.31) setting a new career best and Schultz (1:11.80) finishing just behind.

Junior Julia Cunningham was clutch again for the Brewers picking up three event victories on the night. She started things off with a mark of 2:08.73 in the 200 fly, a little over a second off a NCAA B-Cut qualifying time (2:07.58). Cunningham was also close to a B-Cut (57:07) in the 100 fly, finishing in 58:93 to take first. She finished up her night with a victory in the 400 IM, winning the event by nearly nine seconds in 4:41.46.

In relay action, the team of Ragnini, Kuo, Cunningham and Frye took first in the 200 medley for 11 points, finishing in 1:54.20, nearly three seconds quicker than the fastest Brewer time this season.

The Brewers went 2-3 in the 400 yard free relay, with Frye, Ragnini, Schmidt and Stone posting the top VC time (3:50.52). Harrington, Corbett, Kuo and Nelson (3:55.36) swam a strong race as well, outpacing the New Paltz ‘B’ team by nearly six tenths of a second.

It came down to the final race of the evening, as SUNY-New Paltz held off the Vassar men’s swimming team 149-132 Friday night in a dual meet at Kresge Pool. The ‘C’ relay for the Hawks in the 400 yard freestyle relay came through with the 11-point win (3:22.77), after Vassar trailed just four points, 134-130, heading into the event.

The Brewers still turned in plenty of big performances, as the team secured nine total event victories, including three apiece for freshman Jonah Strand and sophomore Anthony Walker.

Strand started off his evening with a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.10), finishing less than a second off of his career best. (1:00.33.) Strand also won the 200 breast in 2:15.60, outpacing the field by almost 10 seconds. He picked up his third first place finish in the 400 IM with a mark of 4:34.69.

Walker notched his first win in the 200 butterfly, touching the wall first in 1:59.53. Walker also claimed first in the 100 fly (53.45), finishing over three seconds faster than the second place finisher. He sealed his final win on the night with a time of 50.93 in the 100 yard freestyle.

Junior Chris Cerutti was victorious in the 200 yard backstroke, notching a time of 2:06.71 to score nine points for the Brewers. Freshman Michael Colletta came from behind to steal second (2:12.60) in event, out-touching the top New Paltz finisher in eight hundredths of a second. Cerutti picked up a second place finish in the 100 back (59.22), while Coletta took fifth (1:00.15).

Freshman Alex May was a close second in the 1000 free, finishing in 10:42.83 just two seconds behind the leader. Fellow freshman Ian LaBash also took home a second place finish in the 200 free (1:54.31). Senior Greg Cristina notched second in the 50 free finishing in 22.85.

In the diving well, junior Clancy Green posted top marks for the Brewers in both the 3-meter, 6 dive (133.51) and 1-meter, 6 dive (147.75) events.

In relay action, Cerutti, Strand, Walker and Cristina teamed up to go 1:41.01 in the 200 medley relay, a second faster than the quartet’s top time this season. Cristina, LaBash, Cerutti and Colletta were the top VC team in the 400 free relay, finishing in 3:29.17.

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