Devils ready for conference meet after 4-team invite
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Swimming and Diving
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Blue Devils played host to a four-team meet this Saturday in Steele Hall. Both the women and men won once and lost twice. The Blue Devil women handily defeated Oneonta (159-84), and lost a couple of very close meets to Cortland (128-115, decided by 0.10 seconds in the final relay of the day) and an even closer meet to Hartwick (125-118).
The men also defeated Oneonta (133-108). They fell to Hartwick (142-101) and Cortland (154-89).
In the final event of the day for the women, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the quartet of Renee Solly, Penney Robin, Liz Schake and Morgan Reisch finished in 1:44.53. Cortland’s quartet touched in 1:44.43, just enough to give the Red Dragons the team victory.
The Blue Devil divers again put forth a strong effort, top to bottom. Off the 1-m board, Samantha Ficarro was the top dog, earning a score of 245.30, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Molly Petroski and Heather Robin finished two-three to give the Devils the top three scores.
Off the 3-m board, Ficarro and Robin finished one-two, and Petroski finished in fourth place.
The Devils did not feature any individual winners, but in addition to the 200 free relay squad, the 200 medley team (Emily Ginty, Stephanie Andrasek, Juliana Walker and Taylor Kelley) also finished second. Individually, Liz Schake was second in the 50-yard freestyle.
For the men, diver Christian Torres (Dunkirk) won the 1-m board with an NCAA provisional score of 291.00. Ryan Fuller (Fredonia) finished second with a mark of 252.25.
The Devils dominated on the 3-m board, with Torres, Fuller and Shane Ammering taking the top three spots. Torres’ score of 302.05 was an NCAA qualifying standard and a new pool record.
Finishing in second place in their respective events were Mike Mitchell in the 1,000-yard freestyle, Mike Seay in the 200 IM and the 200 medley relay team of Derek Greiner, Mitchell, Seay and Zac Parker.
Head coach Arthur Wang is looking forward after the team’s final regular season meet. “We swam fantastic today and the divers did extremely well. The close losses for the women were frustrating. Had we beaten Cortland, it would have been a first in the program’s history. It was a long day and we are ready for the (SUNYAC) championships.”
The divers are headed to the Ithaca diving invitational on Sunday. The rest of the squad will prepare for the SUNYAC Championships that start on Feb. 10.