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DATE: Sun., Dec. 3, 2006


Swimming & Diving

Women second, men fourth at Invitational

FREDONIA, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State women were second and the men fourth in the final team scoring of the 2006 Blue Devil Invitational.

A pool and school record by the 200-yard medley relay, wins in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breast stroke, and a third-place finish in 3-meter springboard diving were the Day 3 highlights by the Blue Devil men.

An NCAA provisional performance in 3-meter diving, and a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, were the top Sunday performances by the women.

The men's 200 medley mark of 1:41.10 was set by the quartet of freshman Alex Palmquist (Olean/Olean), senior Brian Ruffles (Angola/Lake Shore), freshman Noor El-Tahawy (Port Washington/Schreiber), and freshman Mike Seay (Grand Island/Grand Island).

Palmquist won the 100 breast stroke with a :56.06 in the finals. His :55.20 in the preliminaries set a Steele Hall Natatorium record. Meanwhile, El-Tahawy won the 100 butterfly in :54.87, and freshman diver Christian Torres (Dunkirk/Dunkirk) was third off the 3-meter board (343.30 points).

Over the three days of competition, the Blue Devil men accumulated 553 points. Oswego won the team competition with 1,001.50 points, followed by Penn State Behrend (697), Baldwin-Wallace (569.50), the Blue Devils, Monroe Community College (363), Alfred State (229), and Pitt-Bradford (174).

On the women's side, sophomore diver Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with a winning 3-meter springboard score of 413.45 points. It was a pool-record score, as was her 407.70 point total in the 1-meter competition which concluded Saturday morning. She also is provisionally qualified in the 1-meter. The women's third-place finish Sunday was turned in by senior Cassie Austin (Cuba/Cuba-Rushford) in the 200 freestyle. Austin won the 50 free and the 100 free earlier in the meet.

Oswego won the women's team title with 1,323 points. The Blue Devils were next with 772.50, followed by Baldwin-Wallace (742.50), Penn State Behrend (401), Monroe C.C. (310), Alfred State (23), and Pitt-Bradford (9).

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