Fredonia State Athletics, where success is a tradition

Women claim title, men second

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CONTACT: Matt Palisin,
Sports Information Dept.

DATE: Dec.7 ,2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Swimming and Diving 

Fredonia, N.Y. -- The Fredonia St. women claimed the Fifth Annual Blue Devil Invitational held in the Steele Hall Natatorium, while the men finished second at the three-day event.

The women outpointed Oswego, 1130.5-1093.5. The men were 54.5 points behind Baldwin-Wallace, 890.5-835.

For the Devils, several pool and team records were set on Sunday. 

Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) calimed a pool record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.14. The women's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Caitlyn Fields (Buffalo/Sacred Heart), Monica Dunlevy (Batavia), Juliana Walker (Frewsburg), and Morgan Reisch (Fairport) set a new pool record with a time of 3:43.65. Reisch also claimed the 400 IM with a time of 4:53.70.

For the men, Al Palmquist (Olean) set school and pool records in the 100 back stroke with a time of 53.66.  Mike Seay (Grand Island) breaks a 23-year-old school-record in the 200-yard breast stroke with a time of 2:17.05.  The record was previously held by Kevin Porteus.

The only other individual winner for Fredonia State was Fields in the 100 butterfly (1:00.57).

Second place finishers included Dunlevy in the 400 IM ( 4:58.84) and Walker in the 100 butterfly (1:01.83) for the women. For the men, runners-up were Zac Parker (Rochester/Brighton) in the 100 Fly (55.57) and Mike Hughson (Albion) in the 400 IM ( 4:35.01).

In the diving portion, Kelly Sponholz (Alden) breaks the 3-meter pool record with a final tally of 506.50. Sponholz and Oswego's Eileen McMahon posted NCAA provisional qualifiying marks.

On men's 1-meter, Baldwin Wallace's Todd Richert won with an NCAA qualifying score of 454.20. Other NCAA qualifying divers on the afternoon were Shawn Merlin (OSwego), Eri Messina (Oswego) and Fredonia State's Christian Torres (Dunkirk).


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