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DATE: Sat., Nov. 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Swimming & Diving

Devils dealt close losses by Allegheny

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State swimming and diving team were dealt a pair of close losses Saturday by Allegheny College.

The Allegheny men prevailed 122-119, while the women were 127-116 winners, at the Steele Hall Natatorium. Last year at Meadville, Pa., the Gators were victorious by much wider margins.

"We were pleasantly surprised to be this close on both sides," Fredonia State head coach Arthur Wang said. "We came so close to pulling off these upsets. I feel remorseful that they lost, but very happy that they worked so hard to make it a close meet. I encouraged the teams to put in a good effort before (Thanksgiving) break."

Among the Fredonia State records to fall was the women's 200-yard butterfly mark, previously held by Kathryn Gordon. It now belongs to freshman Caitlyn Fields (Buffalo/Sacred Heart) with a time of 2:20.17.

Also, junior Kelly Sponholz (Alden) won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving competition with NCAA qualifiying scores of 241.75 points and 275.20 points, respectively. In men's diving, Fredonia State senior Scott Horsington (Churchville/Churchville-Chili) was also a double winner. He set a pool record with a score of 285.45 in the 1-meter competition. That and his 3-meter score of 273 were also NCAA-qualifying efforts.

Wang praised the effort of several other Blue Devils. He cited sophomore Amanda Nelson (Frewsburg) and freshman Emily Miles (Apalachin/Owego) for the mile times, freshman Morgan Reisch (Fairport) for a personal-bests in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races, freshman Michael Mitchell (Medina) for a personal-best and second-place finish in the men's mile, the overall efforts of sophomores Evan Prewitt (Rochester/Rush-Henrietta) and Brent Davis (Albion) in the sprints, and the one-two finish in the men's 200-yard backstroke by sophomore Al Palmquist (Olean) and junior Tazio Dragani (Restof/York). In addition, the men's 400-yard medley relay quartet of Palmquist, senior Brian Ruffles (Angola/Lake Shore), sophomore Mike Seay (Grand Island), and Prewitt turned in their fastest time of the season, just 1.5 seconds short of the school record.

The Blue Devils return to action Nov. 30 in the first day of the three-day Fredonia State Blue Devil Invitational.

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