S.P.L.I.T vs. R.I.T
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Swimming and Diving
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The women came away victorious, while then men narrowly lost to RIT at Steele Hall Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.
The women out-pointed the Tigers 162-136, while the men fell 165.5-134.5. It was the first dual meet for the women's team this season.
Before the meet began, senior captain, Kelly Sponholz was recognized with her All-American certificates from the 2008 NCAA Championships where she finished sixth on both 1- and 3-meter boards. She provisionally qualified in today's contest for the 2009 NCAA championships with a score of 258.65 on 1-meter and 279.70 on the 3-meter board, winning each event.
Other notable female performances included Leiya Pujals winning three times (200-yard medley relay, and the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes). Double winners were Morgan Reisch in the 100- and 500-yard freestyles; Emily Dizer in the 200 medley relay and 100 backstroke; freshman Juliana Walker in the 100 fly and 50 freestyle; and Monica Dunlevy in the 100 free and 200 medley relay.
The meet was hotly contested -- after the first session the Fredonia State women held a 7-point lead, while the Blue Devil men trailed by only 13. The women were able to pull away with a victory, while the men fell short as RIT was aided on a disqualification in the second-to-last event and a six-tenths-of-a-second victory in the last relay of the afternoon.Notables for the Blue Devil men included triple winners Mike Seay (200 medley relay, 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle) and Al Palmquist (200 medley relay, 100 Backstroke and a come-from-behind tie in the 200 backstroke). Diver Christian Torres narrowly missed the provisional NCAA qualifying score on the 3-meter board, but was victorious on both the 1- and 3-meter boards.
"I think this was a great learning experience for the men's and women's teams," said head coach Arthur Wang. "We made a few errors on both sides of the meet that came back to nip us in the end. We will need to learn from them if we are going to win the close meets in the future."