Devil divers are Day 1 SUNYAC champs
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Swimming & Diving
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Fredonia State's success in SUNYAC women's 3-meter springboard diving continued Thursday on the first full day of the conference championship meet.
Sarah Ficarro (Owego), a freshman, won the event with 467.15 points to become the third Blue Devil woman to win the event at the last six championship meets. Teresa MacInnes and four-time champ and eventual national champ Kelly Sponholz won the previous five SUNYAC titles.
Ficarro, competing in her first SUNYAC championship, had company on the winners' stand. Heather Robin (Dansville), a Blue Devil senior, was third in the event with 402.50 points, while freshman Molly Petroski (Lima/Livonia) was seventh with 375.65. sophomore Leanne Kies (Owego) and sophomore Sam Brethel (Floral Park/Sewanhaka) were 13th and 15th, respectively.
In Day 1's other diving final, senior Christian Torres (Dunkirk) claimed the men's 1-meter springboard title with 497.20 points. The Blue Devil men also earned diving points from sophomore Shane Ammering (Canandaigua) in eighth place, freshman Ryan Fuller (Endicott/Union-Endicott) in ninth, and sophomore John Rodman (Livonia) in 15th.
In men's swimming events, senior Mike Seay (Grand Island) finished fourth in the men's 200-yard individual medley with a new team-record time of 1:57.79. It was one of four team records set on the day.
Mike Mitchell (Medina, Ohio), a junior, finished fourth in the men's 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:45.45. His preliminary time Thursday morning was 4:44.68, almost 20 seconds faster than his seed time coming into the meet.
The quartet of Seay, junior Rob Sweeny (Fredonia), sophomore Zac Parker (Rochester/Brighton), and sophomore Mike Hughson (Albion) were sixth in the men's 200-yard freestyle relay.
In women's swimming, sophomore Juliana Walker (Frewsburg) finished fourth in the women's 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.83 seconds. She went into the final as the eighth seed. Meanwhile, freshman Liz Schake (Churchville/Churchville-Chili) was seventh in the event in 25.22 seconds. Her preliminary time was 24.99.
Stephanie Andrasek (Parma, Ohio/Normandy), a freshman, was fifth in the women's 200-yard individual medley in a team-record 2:14.22.
Four women competed in the 500-yard freestyle consolation final. Freshman Emily Ginty (Chenango Forks) was 10th, junior Morgan Reisch (Fairport) 11th, sophomore Penny Robin (Dansville) 13th, and senior Mandy Nelson (Frewsburg) 15th. Ginty was ninth fastest during prelims.
The women's 200-yard freestyle relay of Reisch, senior Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham-Wading River), Ginty, and Schake were fourth in 1:40.27. In preliminaries, sophomore Renée Solly (Lockport) was part of the quartet, resulting in the fourth-best time in the morning. In addition, the women's 400-yard medley relay was fourth in 4:06.46 with Reisch, Andrasek, Walker, and Schake. Preliminary team members were Reisch, Kelly, Schake, and sophomore Penny Robin (Dansville). Both relay times were team records.
The women were third and the men fourth in the team scoring after the first day of competition.