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Sponholz seeks two title defenses

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DATE: Tues., Feb 10, 2009


Swimming & Diving

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Six-time All-American diver Kelly Sponholz (Alden) takes a perfect SUNYAC record into the conference championship meet starting Wednesday at the Flickinger Center in downtown Buffalo.

Sponholz is 6-for-6 in SUNYAC springboard diving since her freshman year, and is ranked No. 1 in the conference in both those events heading into this year's championship meet. Her quest for another title begins with 3-meter preliminaries Wednesday -- six optional and five voluntary dives -- with the finals Thursday night.

The women's 1-meter preliminaries are Friday, and finals Saturday night.

"The culmination of a lot of hard work reaches its peak this week," head coach Arthur Wang said. "This is the most seasoned group of swimmers since my time at Fredonia. The boys have turned into men, and the girls into women."

Two other Blue Devil women are among the top six in diving. In the 3-meter, junior Heather Robin (Dansville) is ranked fourth and freshman Bethany Jones (Churchville/Churchville-Chili) is sixth. In the 1-meter, Robin is second among the other SUNYAC divers.

In men's diving, junior Christian Torres (Dunkirk) heads into the championship ranked No. 1 in the 3-meter competition. He's sixth on the men's 1-meter psyche sheet. Senior Joshua Brewer (Canandaigua) is sixth in the 3-meter.

"We are well represented in most aspects of the meet," Wang said, "particularly in the diving. We would hope to place three divers in the top eight on each board for each gender."

In swimming events, the following Blue Devil women are in the top six of their respective events: sophomore Morgan Reisch (Fairport), fifth in the 400-yard individual medley; freshman Juliana Walker (Frewsburg), third in the 100-yard butterfly; and senior Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home), fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, and sixth in the 200-yard backstroke.

On the men's side, senior Al Palmquist (Olean) is ranked No. 1 in the 100-yard backstroke, and No. 5 in the 200-yard backstroke. Also, junior Mike Seay (Grand Island) is third in the 200-yard invididual medley, fifth in the 100-yard breast stroke, and fourth in the 200-yard breast stroke; freshman Peter Marshfield (Amherst/Canisius) is second in the 400-yard individual medley; and junior Brent Davis (Albion) is sixth in the 200-yard butterfly.

"We have talented swimmers in many events," Wang said. "Our goal is to place an athlete in the top eight of every event, and that every individual contribute and score within the top 16.

"We anticipate breaking more records during this meet. Our biggest problem is trying to get some key athletes healthy."

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