Men win, women topped by Nazareth
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State men's swimming and diving team won its second straight dual meet, a 149-87 home victory over Nazareth. Meanwhile, the Blue Devil women were defeated 136-106 in an effort that was impressive despite the outcome.
On the men's side, senior Mike Seay (Grand Island) continued to have a solid season. He scored individual wins in the 50-yard freestyle (:22.52) and the 100-yard butterfly (:53.59), and was part of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.83). Mike Hughson (Albion), a sophomore, was also part of the winning relay, and had two individual wins as well -- the 200-yard individual medley (personal-best 2:05.57) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:09.41). Not to be outdone was a third Mike, junior Mike Mitchell (Medina, Ohio), with victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:36.84) and the 100-yard breast stroke (1:04.06).
For the Blue Devil women, senior Mandy Nelson (Frewsburg) recorded a lifetime-best of 11:15.05 while touching first in the 1,000-yard freestyle. She also was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time (5:33.42). Also, junior Morgain Reisch (Fairport) won the 500 free (5:30.30) and was second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.25); freshman Emily Ginty (Chenango Forks) won the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.72); and freshman Sarah Ficarro (Owego) had a winning score of 249.80 points off the 1-meter springboard.
"We’ve always had," Blue Devil head coach Arthur Wang said of the women's competition, "an extremely competitive meet with Nazareth, and on paper probably shouldn’t have come as close as we did today. I challenged the team to step up and they did so very well.
Wang said he continues to be pleased with the progress his team is making heading toward the SUNYAC championships next month. Prior to that, the Blue Devils have a home meet Jan. 30 against Cortland, Hartwick, and Oneonta.
"The times keep dropping every meet and the team’s confidence is growing by leaps and bounds," he said. "In the past, we may have been a little flat, but the team is hungry and looking forward to the taper."