Sponholz smashes 3-meter SUNYAC record
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The best female diver in SUNYAC history continued her dominance by winning another conference title Thursday.
Fredonia State senior Kelly Sponholz (Alden) smashed her own SUNYAC 3-meter springboard diving record with a score of 543.80 points for 11 dives at the Flickinger Center on the Erie County Community College-Buffalo campus. It was her seventh SUNYAC title in seven tries dating back to her freshman year.
A six-time All-American, Sponholz will go for her eighth and final conference title Saturday during the women's 1-meter competition.
Also competing in the 3-meter event, Blue Devil junior Heather Robin (Dansville) finished seventh with 358.90 points. It was her highest finish in a SUNYAC meet.
Two other Fredonia State women's record were felled Thursday. In the 50-yard freestyle, freshman Juliana Walker (Frewsburg) was clocked in 24.72 seconds during preliminaries Thursday afternoon to topple Cassie Austin from the record board. Walker finished eighth during finals during the evening session. She was also part of the school record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay. She, freshman Renee Solly (Lockport), junior Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham-Wading River), and sophomore Morgan Reisch (Fairport) finished fifth in the event with a time of 4:08.67.
The Blue Devil women accumulated 96 points to end the night in fifth place.
In the men's portion of the meet, a school record in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth-fifth-seventh place finishes in 1-meter springboard diving were the Thursday highlights.
The 200 IM record was set by junior Mike Seay (Grand Island), whose 1:58.02 earned him a sixth place and broke his own previous school mark. In the diving event, junior Christian Torres (Dunkirk) was fourth with 451.10 points, followed by senior Joshua Brewer (Canandaigua) in fifth with 438 points, and freshman Shane Ammering (Canandaigua) seventh with 417.50.
In other men's events, the quartet of senior Al Palmquist (Olean), Seay, freshman Zac Parker (Rochester/Brighton), and junior Evan Prewitt (Rochester/Rush-Henrietta) were third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Seay, Palmquist, Prewitt, and junior Brent Davis (Albion) were fifth in the 200-yard freestyle. Also, sophomore Mike Mitchell (Medina, Ohio) finished eighth in the 500-yard freestyle following a personal-best 4:48.97 in the preliminaries.
The men are fourth with 132 points.
The meet resumes Friday and runs through Saturday night.