Women take Day 1 lead at Invite
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Swimming & Diving
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State women assumed the lead after the first of three days of competition at the Blue Devil Swimming & Diving Invitational.
The Blue Devils tallied 229 points to 204 for traditional SUNYAC power Oswego. The two teams were followed by Baldwin-Wallace (82), Penn State Behrend (51), and Pitt-Bradford (32).
On the men's side, Baldwin-Wallace were the Day 1 leaders with 144 points, followed by Oswego (136), Fredonia State (133), Penn State Behrend (104), Pitt-Bradford (67), and Alfred State (35).
Fredonia State freshman Juliana Walker (Frewsburg) led the Blue Devils to a 1-2-3 finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a winning time of 25.47 seconds. Next was sophomore Caitlyn Fields (Buffalo/Sacred Heart) in :25.83, followed by freshman Renee Solly (Lockport) in :25.93.
Additionally, the Blue Devils won the 400-yard medley relay with the quartet of senior Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home), junior Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham-Wading River), Fields, and sophomore Morgan Reisch (Fairport). Their winning time of 4:10.22 was a new meet record.
In women's 1-meter springboard diving, senior Kelly Sponholz (Alden) was first after six optional dives with 249.70 points.
The best outcome by the Blue Devil men was a first-place finish by the 400-yard medley relay team of senior Al Palmquist (Olean), junior Mike Seay (Grand Island), freshman Zac Parker (Rochester/Brighton), and junior Evan Prewitt (Rochester/Rush-Henrietta). Their 3:38.65 clocking was also a meet and pool record.
Also, junior Christian Torres (Dunkirk) tallied 272.65 points after six optional dives in men's 3-meter springboard diving.
The three-day meet resumes with preliminaries 10 a.m. Saturday. Finals are 5 p.m. The meet is being held in the Steele Hall Natatorium.