Women maintain Invitational lead
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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State women lead the sixth annual Blue Devil Invitational after two days of 10-team competition inside the Steele Hall Natatorium.
The Blue Devils earned 138 points during the Saturday morning session on top of the 146 points they earned Friday night. They added another 247 points Saturday night to lead second-place Oswego, 531 to 404, heading to the final day of competition Sunday.
Stephanie Andrasek (Parma, Ohio/Normandy), a freshman, set a team record during the Saturday night session. Her 1:10.28 in the 100-yard breast stroke won the event. Andrasek was also third in the 200-yard individual medley.
In the 100-yard freestyle, two Blue Devils finished second and third separated by 1/100th of a second. Juliana Walker (Frewsburg), a sophomore, and junior Morgan Reisch (Fairport) were clocked in 56.04 and 56.05 seconds, respectively. Reisch was also seventh in the 200 individual medley.
In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Emily Ginty (Chenango Forks) finished second with a personal-best 2:16.34, while freshman Elizabeth Schake (Churchville/Churchville-Chili) was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly.
Saturday morning highlights included the 200-yard freestyle relay win by the quartet of Schake, sophomore Renée Solly (Lockport), senior Taylor Kelly (Shoreham/Shoreham-Wading River), and Reisch. Their winning time was 1:43.93.
In 3-meter diving, senior Heather Robin (Dansville) was third, freshman Sarah Ficarro (Owego) sixth, and sophomore Leanne Kies (Owego) seventh. The event which began Friday night with six rounds was completed Saturday morning with five more rounds. (Final scores are posted with the Friday results)
On the men's side, Fredonia State is fourth in the team standings after Saturday night. Penn State Behrend leads, followed by Baldwin-Wallace, and then Oswego just nine points ahead of the Blue Devils.
Mike Seay (Grand Island), a senior, had the Blue Devils' top individual placement with a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley. He was also part the second-place 800-yard freestyle relay along with sophomore Mike Mitchell (Medina, Ohio), sophomore Mike Hughson (Albion), and sophomore Zac Parker (Rochester/Brighton).
Mitchell was fourth in the 500 freestyle, Hughson fourth in the 200 butterfly, Parker fourth in the 100 freestyle, and senior Derek Greiner (Angola/Lake Shore) fourth in the 200 freestyle.
The Fredonia State men's 200 free relay team was third Saturday morning. Team members were Seay, sophomore Matt Beebe (Rochester/Greece), sophomore Rob Sweeny (Fredonia), and Parker. Their 1:31.11 was just 2.07 seconds off Penn State Behrend's winning time in the event.
Two pool records were set Saturday on the men's side: Baldwin-Wallace's Todd Richert's 11-dive score in the 1-meter springboard diving and Penn State Behrend's Ben Strunk time in the 100-yard breast stroke.
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society declaring December as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Fredonia State team solicited donations and raffled t-shirts signed by four Olympic swimmers. Many of the competitors also wore white caps emblazoned with a slogan commemorating the event (photo at left).
The meet concludes with two sessions Sunday -- 10 a.m. preliminaries (plus the 200-yard medley relay finals), and 4 p.m. for all remaining finals.