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Swimming & Diving
Four records fall on first day of SUNYAC meet
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Fredonia State men were fourth and the women fifth -- with one individual champion -- after the first day of the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving championships.
The Blue Devil men were led by freshman Michael Seay (Grand Island/Grand Island) and senior Scott Horsington (Rochester/Churchville-Chili). Seay broke an 18-year-old school record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:59.39. The old record of 1:59.43 was held by John Connolly. Meanwhile, Horsington posted an 11-dive score of 446.05 points in men's 1-meter springboard diving. He finished second in the event and provisionally qualfied for the NCAA Division III championship meet.
Blue Devil women set three new school marks. Cassie Austin (Cuba/Cuba-Rushford), a senior, broke her own mark in the 50-yard freestyle with a clocking of 25.39 seconds. Freshman Monica Dunlevy (Batavia/Batavia) broke the 500-yard freestyle mark held by Lexie Chapman; Dunlevy's new mark is 5:19.96. She also was part of the record-setting 400-yard medley relay. Sophomore Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) and freshmen Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham-Wading River), Lindsey Aromola (Hamburg/Frontier), and Dunlevy combined for a time of 4:15.87. The previous school record was 4:16.04 set at the 2006 SUNYAC meet.
In 3-meter diving, sophomore Kelly Sponholz (Alden/Alden) successfully defended her SUNYAC title off the 3-meter board with an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 475.75 points. Finishing third overall was junior Teresa MacInnes (Tonawanda/Kenmore East), also with an NCAA provisional qualifying score of 442.70 points.
"I'm pretty happy," head coach Arthur Wang said. "We showed resiliency and swam much better at night than we did in the morning (during preliminaries)."
The meet resumes with morning and evening sessions Friday and Saturday at the Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center.