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DATE: Sat., Jan. 20, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Swimming & Diving

Men nip Ithaca in relay to secure sweep

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- In the space of .02 hundreths of a second, Fredonia State nipped Ithaca College and earned a sweep of a men's swimming and diving double-dual meet at the Steele Hall Natatorium.

The 200-meter freestyle quartet of freshman Evan Prewitt (Rochester/Rush-Henrietta), sophomore Dustin Sprague (Olean/Olean), freshman Derek Greiner (Angola/Lake Shore), and freshman Brent Davis (Albion/Albion) touched out in 1:33.13 for second place in the event.

Just behind them, in 1:33.15, was Ithaca's quartet. The four-point differential between second and third place provided the winning margin in the Blue Devils' 119-118 victory over Ithaca -- the alma mater of Fredonia State head coach Arthur Wang.

"All and all," said an elated Wang, "(it was) a terrific effort. It was the most exciting meet that we've been on the winning end of."

The Blue Devil men were also 176-58 winners over Nazareth College, while Ithaca topped Nazareth, 173-54.

On the women's side, Fredonia State was twice beaten -- 162-81 by Ithaca, and 158-85 by Nazareth. The Nazareth women also defeated Ithaca, 126-111.

For the Blue Devil men, freshman Mike Seay (Grand Island/Grand Island) won the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.05), the 100 freestyle (:50.11), and was part of the winning 200 medley relay. In addition, freshman Al Palmquist (Olean/Olean) won the 50 freestyle (:22.95) and the 100 backstroke (:55.90), freshman Noor El-Tahawy (Port Washington/Schreiber) took the 100 butterfly (:53.86) and was part of the winning medley relay, and senior Scott Horsington (Rochester/Churchville-Chili), one of seven Blue Devil seniors recognized prior to their final home meet, won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving events. His point totals were 257.60 and 239.44, respectively.

For the women, sophomore Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) remained unbeaten in all diving events with wins in the 1-meter (216.25 points) and 3-meter (249.25) springboard events, while senior Cassie Austin (Cuba/Cuba-Rushford) was victorious in the 100 freestyle (:55.36). It was a new Steele Hall Natatorium record.

In addition to Horsington and Austin, the other freshmen competing in their final home meet were men's captain Chris Oaks (Macedon/Palmyra-Macedon), Nathan Peterson (Frewsburg/Frewsburg), women's captain Katherine Langschwager (Churchville/Churchville-Chili), and divers Kelly Maloney (Corning/Corning-Painted Post West) and Laura Walther (Livonia/Livonia).

The Blue Devils are back in the pool Jan. 27 at Oneonta in a double-dual meet that also includes Hartwick.

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