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DATE: Fri., Nov. 10, 2006

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Swimming & Diving

Men's relay sets school record

ALFRED, N.Y. -- A 16-year-old school record was broken in Fredonia State's non-conference meet Friday at Alfred University.

The quartet of freshman Alex Palmquist (Olean/Olean), senior Brian Ruffles (Angola/Lake Shore), freshman Noor El-Tahawy (Port Washington/Schreiber), and freshman Michael Seay (Grand Island/Grand Island) broke the previous 200-yard medley relay with a first-place time of 1:42.00.

In addition, El-Tahawy won the 100-yard butterfly in :53.32 seconds, an impressive time this early in the season, while freshman Christian Torres (Dunkirk/Dunkirk) won the 3-meter springboard diving competition with 188.75 points.

Alfred won the team scoring, 134-96, but Blue Devil head coach Arthur Wang was pleased with his men's effort. "It was as close a meet (in scoring)," Wang said, "that we've ever head with Alfred." The Blue Devils' record dropped to 3-3.

Wang had another reason to be pleased -- a 153-76 win by the Blue Devil women, who improved to 5-1 this season. Sophomore Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) won the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving competitions, while senior Cassie Austin (Cuba/Cuba-Rushford) and freshman Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham-Wading River) broke school records.

Austin established a new mark in the 100-yard freestyle with a winning time of :55.51 seconds. She also won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.80. Kelly broke her own school mark in the 100-yard breast stroke with a first-place clocking of 1:12.41.

The quartet of sophomore Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home), Kelly, Austin, and senior Ashley Vogl (Springville/Springville) combined to win the 200-yard medley relay. In addition, Dizer was first in the 100 backstroke (1:06.93) and Vogl first in the 50 freestyle (:27.23).

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