SUNYAC Championships, Day Three

BUFFALO, New York, February 11. THE Geneseo men's swimming and diving team successfully defended their team title at the annual State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship, hosted at the Burt Flickinger Center on the campus of Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY, February 9-11. It is the 14th consecutive title for the Blue Wave who finished with 731 points to second place Cortland's 690.

Freshman John Nasky started the night off for the Blue Wave when he posted an NCAA "B" cut winning time of 16:10.69 to lead a Geneseo 1-2-3 finish. Three time defending champion, senior Nate Foley finished second in 16:23.77 and Jeff Singer took third place honors (16:24.80).

Senior Frank Schiappa picked up a win the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.28, followed by Fredonia's John Estanislau (47.16) and teammate Drew Rogers (47.38).

Potsdam junior Alexander Taylor won his second individual event of the meet with a time of 2:06.61 in the 200 breaststroke. Taylor's time slipped under the NCAA "B" cut and set a new meet and conference record.

Cortland's Justin Nelson set a new meet and conference record with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:53.15 in the 200 backstroke. Nelson finished second in 2011 and could have repeated that performance but he out-touched Oswego's Jordan Prophet (1:53.16) by .01 second for the narrow victory.

Oneonta sophomore Ryan Walsh defended his title in the 200 butterfly for his second individual win of the meet. Walsh clocked a 1:55.39 to finish ahead of Geneseo freshman Bryan Schaub (1:57.68) and Cortland's Erik Scheemaker (1:57.87).

Junior Ryan Fuller posted his second win of the meet as he captured the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 512.65 points. Cortland's Travis Burke finished second with a total of 494.35 points and Brockport's Chris Austin took third place (472.55).

The 400 freestyle relay was full of high energy as always as the Blue Wave quartet of Schiappa, Rogers, Aaron Wagner and Dan Strothenke posted the winning time of 3:08.06. It was the eighth win in the last nine years for Geneseo in the event. Cortland took second in 3:09.63 and Fredonia finished third (3:10.31).

The Geneseo Women's swimming and diving team won their fifth consecutive State University of New York (SUNYAC) Championship Saturday night at the Burt Flickinger Center on the campus of Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. Geneseo totaled 721.5 points during the three-day meet to runner-up Fredonia's 657.50.

Junior Kaitlin Wilcoxen was the top finisher for the Knights as she defended her title in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.08). Wilcoxen beat her competition by three seconds as Stephanie Andrasek of Fredonia took second (2:28.09) and Katherine Jesaitis of Geneseo touched third (2:30.07).

New Paltz won three individual events as junior Yuka Suzuka picked up her third win of the meet with an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 backstroke (2:01.60), becoming a three-time champion in the event. Her time set a new meet and conference record. Geneseo's Abby Max hit a "B" cut time of 2:04.95 to finish second.

Sophomore Chelsea Allocco kicked off the session in grand fashion for the Hawks, clocking an NCAA "B" cut time (17:26.44) in the 1,650 freestyle to defend her conference title.

The 200 butterfly featured the same 1-2-3 finish as last year. Junior Carly Marshall lowered the conference meet record in the 200 butterfly, as she used a strong front half to post an event-winning time of 2:08.30 to defend her conference title. Cortland's Chrisanna Hickey was second in a "B" cut time of 2:08.48 and Geneseo's Lily Powell took third (2:09.27).

Cortland's Sarah Culmo won her second individual event of the meet with a "B" cut time of 52.10 in the 100 freestyle. Culmo placed ahead of Christine Rieth (52.42) of New Paltz and Kaitlin Mergler (52.83) of Buffalo State.

Fredonia sophomore Ashley Keller earned the first SUNYAC title of her career with a win on the 1-meter board. Keller posted a new meet and conference record score of 478.15 to lead a quartet of Blue Devil divers to the top of the podium. Sarah Ficarro (474.85), Katelyn Hayley (450.45) and Heather Colby (412.20) finished 2-3-4, respectively and Leanne Kies provided a sixth place finish as Fredonia earned 90 points in the event.

Geneseo won their third relay event of the championship meet as Haleigh Wixson, Lauren Boyce, Elyssa Max and Abby Max combined to post a come-from behind win in the 400-freestyle realy in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:31.77. Cortland was second in a "B" cut time of 3:32.25 and New Paltz took third in 3:33.40.

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