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DATE: Sat., Jan. 12, 2008

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Swimming & Diving

Sponholz sets SUNYAC mark in near-upset of Gannon

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State women gave NCAA Division II Gannon University all it could handle Saturday at the Steele Hall Natatorium.

Led by double-winners Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) and Morgan Reisch (Fairport/Fairport), the Blue Devils nearly pulled an upset before falling 124-119. Gannon was a 142-100 winner when the teams met last year.

"The gap is definitely closing," Fredonia State head coach Arthur Wang said. "We did not expect to be as close as we were."

The Fredonia State men were defeated 138-92 in their dual meet with Gannon.

Sponholz, a junior, broke the SUNYAC six-dive 3-meter springboard diving record with an NCAA qualifying score of 312.55 points. It was also a new Natatorium record. In addition, Sponholz also won the 1-meter springboard diving competition with 260.50 points, also an NCAA qualifying mark.

Reisch, a freshman, was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley (lifetime-best 2:18.84) and the 100-yard freestyle (:55.94), while freshman Caitlyn Fields (Buffalo/Sacred Heart) won the 200-yard butterfly (2:20.07). In diving, senior Teresa MacInnes (Tonawanda/Kenmore East) took another step toward joining Sponholz at the NCAA Division III championships with a 1-meter qualifying score of 247.00 points, her second qualfying score of the season.

In men's diving, senior Scott Horsington (Churchville/Churchville-Chili) won both boards with NCAA qualifying scores -- 284.45 points in the 3-meter, 280.30 in the 1-meter. Fredonia State's lone individual winner was sophomore Mike Seay (Grand Island) in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.84).

The Blue Devils return to action Wednesday at Brockport.

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