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Swimming & Diving
Records downed, NCAA qualifiers determined
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Four school records were set and three Fredonia State divers qualified for the NCAA championships during the first meet of the 2007-08 season.A pair of senior divers, Teresa MacInnes (Tonawanda/Kenmore East) and Scott Horsington (Churchville/Churchville-Chili), established new 1-meter springboard diving marks, while sophomore Taylor Kelly (Wading Rivers/Shoreham-Wading River) set a new women's 100-yard breaststroke mark. In team competition, the Blue Devil men topped Morrisville State, 95-68, while the Blue Devil women won their dual meet by nearly an identical score, 92-68, also over Morrisville State. "(It was) a great start to the season," Blue Devil head coach Arthur Wang said. "We had consistent swims and diving performances all the way around." No more consistent -- or competitive -- and event was the women's 1-meter diving, in which MacInnes scored 251.85 points to 249.60 points by teammate, junior Kelly Sponholz (Alden). The record both swimmers broke had been Sponholz's of 233.90. In addition, the outcome marked the first time Sponholz had been defeated collegiately in dual meet springboard competition. She had been 44-0 over two seasons prior to Saturday. Both women's scores were NCAA qualifying efforts, as was Sponholz's winning 3-meter springboard diving score of 277.05 points. That was also another school record, nearly 20 points better than Sponholz's previous mark. In addition, Horsington surpassed the NCAA qualifying standard in 1-meter diving with a winning score of 266.40. Despite being entered for exhibition timing, Kelly brought down the school record in the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:10.97. She beat her own record, set last season as a freshman, of 1:11.63. Other Blue Devil highlights for included double wins by freshman Morgan Reisch (Fairport), in the 200-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle, on the women's side; by sophomore Mike Seay (Grand Island), in the 200 free and the 500 free, on the men's side; and the improvement shown by two sophomore divers, Heather Robin (Dansville) of the women's team and Christian Torres (Dunkirk) for the men. The Blue Devils' next dual meet is next Saturday afternoon at Rochester Institute of Technology.