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DATE: Fri., Feb. 10, 2006

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Swimming & Diving

Men's backstroke record broken

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A 16-year-old men's swimming mark was one of three school records to fall during Friday preliminaries at the SUNYAC Championships.

Rob Rumsey (Grand Island/Grand Island), a freshman, set a new mark in the 100-yard backstroke of :53.86 seconds. That shattered John Connolly's mark of :54.33 seconds, set in 1990 --- the last year any Fredonia State men's swimming record had been broken (two diving records have been broken more recently).

During finals Friday night, Rumsey finished fourth in the event with a time of :54.86. Geneseo's Evan Smith won in :53.54.

Two Fredonia State women also set school records during preliminaries Friday. Sophomore freestyle Lexie Chapman (Lockport/Lockport) established a new 200-yard freestyle record (2:01.24), while freshman backstroker Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) was clocked in 1:02.75 in the 200-yard backstroke.

In the evening session, Chapman nearly matched her afternoon effort with a final time of 2:01.26. She finished 10th while Dizer finished seventh overall in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:03.08.

Fredonia State's 800-yard women's freestyle quartet of freshman Liz Mirt (Rochester/Aquinas), Chapman, junior Cassie Austin (Cuba/Cuba-Rushford), and sophomore Stacy Krens (Brockport/Brockport) earned 30 team points with a fourth-place finish. They were timed in 8:10.76.

In women's diving, freshman Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) took the first step to becoming a two-event SUNYAC champ with a score of 361.35 points in 1-meter preliminaries.

Sponholz, winner of the 3-meter title on Thursday, will enter finals Saturday as the No. 1 seed. Her teammates, sopomore Teresa MacInnes (Tonawanda/Kenmore East), junior Laura Walther (Livonia/Livonia), and junior Kelly Maloney (Corning/Corning-Painted Post West), also made it through to finals: MacInnes as the No. 3 seed, Walther as No. 5, and Maloney as No. 6. The fifth Fredonia State diver in the event, sophomore Natalie Vavrasek (Horseheads/Horseheads), missed at spot in the finals by 2.10 points. She is the No. 9 seed after preliminaries.

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