Frosh diver posts NCAA provisional score
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Fredonia State freshman Sarah Ficarro (Oswego) has posted her first NCAA provisional qualifying score as part of the Blue Devils' home meet Saturday vs. Allegheny.
Judges awarded Ficarro a six-dive score of 259.55 off the 1-meter springboard, less than two full points off the pool record of 261.31 held by Kelly Sponholz.
Ficarro won the event as well as a second 1-meter competition consisting of five dives. The purpose of the alternate format was to allow the divers to perform the 11 dives which are required at championship meets.
As a result, the Blue Devil men had two separate winners of 1-meter events -- sophomore John Rodman (Livonia) in the six-dive group, and freshman Ryan Fuller (Endicott/Union-Endicott) in the five-dive event. The team's No. 1 male diver, senior Christian Torres (Dunkirk), did not compete.
In team scoring, the Fredonia State women were unable to mount a late charge and fell 155-145. Meanwhile, the Fredonia State men lost to a solid group of Allegheny men, 169-104.
Ficarro had company when it came to successful freshmen women Saturday. Stephanie Andresek (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) set a team record in the 100-yard breast stroke with a winning time of 1:10.65. The previous record was held by currrent Blue Devil senior Leiya Pujals (Kings Park).
Andrasek was also victorious in the 200-yard breast stroke and was part of the winning 200-yard medley relay. Another member of the relay, sophomore Julia Walker (Frewsburg), also touched first in two individual events -- the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly.
It was definitely heartbreaking to lose by only 10 points," head coach Arthur Wang said of the women's close defeat. "The opportunity was there for us to beat Alleghany for the very first time."
Among the Fredonia State men was the 200-yard medley relay team posting its fastest time of the season, 1:42.19. The quartet consisted of senior Derek Greiner (Angola/Lake Shore), senior Michael Seay (Grand Island), sophomore Zac Parker (Rochester/Brighton), and sophomore Mike Hughson (Albion).
The Blue Devils are idle until Dec. 6, the first day of the three-day Blue Devil Invitational inside Steele Hall Natatorium.