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Swimming & Diving
Devil relays fall on first day of Invitational
FREDONIA, N.Y. -- Both Fredonia State 400-yard medley relay teams established new records Friday during the first session of the fourth Blue Devil Invitational.
The women's quartet of junior Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home), sophomore Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham-Wading River), freshman Caitlyn Fields (Buffalo/Sacred Heart), and freshman Morgan Reisch (Fairport) won the event in 4:11.58. The previous school record was 4:14.97.
In the men's race, Fredonia State sophomore Al Palmquist (Olean), senior Brian Ruffles (Angola/Lake Shore), sophomore Michael Seay (Grand Island), and sophomore Evan Prewitt (Rochester/Rush-Henrietta) raced faster than the previous pool record with a 3:42.77 clocking. They were defeated by Penn State Behrend's quartet, which claimed the new pool mark of 3:42.19.
Other meet highlights on the women's side was a one-two finish by sophomore Mandy Nelson (Frewsburg) and sophomore Monica Dunlevy (Batavia) in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Their respective times were 19:09.03 and 19:19.23. Finishing seventh was freshman Emily Wiles (Apalachin/Owego). The team is second in the team scoring after the first day.
On the men's side, freshman Mike Mitchell (Medina) was second and junior Tazio Dragani (Restof/York) was fifth in the 1,650 freestyle. Mitchell's 17:29.23 was a decisive personal-best. The men are fourth in the team scoring.
The meet resumes Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m., with finals at 5 p.m., at the Steele Hall Natatorium.