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Devils close gap vs. Geneseo

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DATE: Nov. 7, 2009


Swimming and Diving 


FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State swimming and diving team dropped a meet to Geneseo on Saturday, but took a big step forward by leading for a good portion of the day and significantly closing the gap on last year’s SUNYAC champs.

The women, who had three triple winners, fell 161-137. The men lost 164-127. They had a pair of double winners.

Fredonia State 2009 national champ Kelly Sponholz holds a plaque she received for with the NCAA III title last season.The women got off to a fast start as the 400-yard medley relay team of Emily Ginty (Chenango Forks/Chenango Forks), Stephanie Andrasek (Parma, Ohio/Normandy), Juliana Walker (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) and Morgan Reisch (Fairport/Fairport) claimed a win in the afternoon’s first event.

In the second event, the 1000-yard freestyle, Mandy Nelson (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) and Penny Robin (Dansville/Dansville) went 1- 2, respectively, to widen the Devils’ lead.  

Walker and Reisch were triple winners on the women’s side. Walker in the 400-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays and the 100-yard butterfly. Reisch topped individually in the 100-yard freestyle and in a pair of relays – the 200-yard free and 400-yard medley.

Andrasek was a double winner, taking the 100-yard breast stroke and 400-yard medley relay.

Divers Sarah Ficarro (Owego/Owego), on the 1-meter, and Heather Robin (Dansville/Dansville), on the 3-meter, each were victorious.

On the men’s side, Mike Seay (Grand Island/Grand Island) and Christian Torres (Dunkirk/Dunkirk) were double winners. Seay won the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle, while Torres took both the 1- and 3-meter boards.

Before the meet, the Devils took time to recognize several members of the 1983-84 men’s SUNYAC champions, as well as All-American’s from both Geneseo and Fredonia State. For the Devils, last season’s and the women's team’s first-ever national champion, Kelly Sponholz, above left, was honored. Sponholz graduated in May as an eight-time SUNYAC champ off the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.

The Geneseo team was also recognized for its 15th place finish at last year's NCAA meet.




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