Sponholz completes SUNYAC sweep
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DATE: Sat., Feb. 14, 2009
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Swimming & Diving
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Fredonia State senior Kelly Sponholz (Alden) completed her SUNYAC championship sweep -- eight events entered and eight titles -- by winning women's 1-meter springboard diving Saturday night.
Sponholz, a six-time All-American, scored 471.95 points in her final conference competition, a venue she dominated over her four seasons as a Blue Devil. She won every event she entered -- two annually -- since her freshman year. Her score Saturday at the Erie County Community College Flickinger Center established new SUNYAC, championship meet, and school records.
In addition, Sponholz received the Grace Mowatt Award at Saturday's championship meet. The award is given annually to the top female swimmer or diver based on SUNYAC accomplishments, progress of development, All-American recognition, and grade-point average.
While her SUNYAC career is over, Sponholz is most likely bound for a fourth straight NCAA championship appearance next month. Her's and the other provisional qualifying scores will be re-checked by an independent panel of judges before the NCAA field is announced.
Three other Fredonia State records were set Saturday on the final day of the competition, which ended with the Blue Devil men and women finishing fifth, respectively, in the team scoring.
On the men's side, junior Mike Seay (Grand Island) won the consolation final of the 200-yard breast stroke -- finishing 9th overall -- in school-record time of 2:15.33.
Other top swimming performances by the men were a fourth-place finish by sophomore Mike Mitchell (Medina, Ohio) in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:40.36, a personal-best by 21 seconds. Mitchell entered the SUNYAC meet ranked ninth in the event. In addition, senior Al Palmquist (Olean) finished eighth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.35.
At the diving well, junior Christian Torres (Dunkirk) finished third in men's 3-meter event with another NCAA provisional score of 506.5 points. Joshua Brewer (Canandaigua), a senior, was sixth with 453.75 points.
Among the women's swimmers, sophomore Morgan Reisch (Fairport) broke her own school record twice in the 100-yard freestyle. Her finals time of 54.24 seconds -- good for fifth in the event -- was 2/100th of a second faster than her preliminary time, which was also a new school mark. Also, senior Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) set a school record in the 200-yard backstroke by winning the consolation final in 2:12.38.
In women's 1-meter diving, junior Heather Robin (Dansville) was seventh with 360.90 points.