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DATE: Fri., Feb. 9, 2007


Swimming & Diving

Blue Devils continue record-setting ways

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- One day after setting four school records, Fredonia State swimmers and divers added five more new marks while competing Friday at the 2007 SUNYAC championship meet.

Senior diver Scott Horsington (Rochester/Churchville-Chili) broke his own 3-meter springboard record during preliminaries Friday. His new mark of 472.90 placed him third head into finals Saturday, while the top eight men will re-dive optionals. He set his previous record of 462.70 at the 2003 SUNYAC meet.

Also on the men's side, the quartet of sophomore Dustin Sprague (Olean/Olean), junior Brian Ruffles (Angola/Lake Shore), freshman Noor El-Tahawy (Port Washington/Schreiber), and freshman Michael Seay (Grand Island/Grand Island) combined for a 200-yard medley relay time of 1:40.30, a new school mark. The record coming into this season of 1:42.06 was set in 1990.

Three women's school records were set.

Sophomore Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home) broke her own record in the 100-yard backstroke by four-hundredths of one second. Her 1:02.71 Friday also earned her a ninth-place finish -- an improvement of three place after preliminaries.

Freshman Taylor Kelly (Wading River/Shoreham-Wading River) established a new school mark in the 100-yard breast stroke with a time of 1:11.63, nearly three seconds faster than the team record at the start of the season.

Lastly, senior Cassie Austin (Cuba/Cuba-Rushford) added the 200-yard freestyle school record to her resume. Swimming the first leg on the 4-by-200 freestyle relay, Austin touched out in 2:00.87. It's her third individual school record (she holds the 50-free and 100-free marks).

The best finish on the day by a Blue Devil was El-Tahawy's third-place medal in the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 53.28 seconds. Meanwhile, Ruffles was seventh in the 100-yard breast stroke (1:02.70), Sprague 9th in the 200-yard freestyle (personal-best 1:49.35), and senior Chris Oaks (Macedon/Palmyra-Macedon) 9th in the 400-yard individual medley.

In the team scoring, both Fredonia State teams are in fifth place heading into the final day of meet. The schedule Saturday begins with preliminies at 10 a.m., with finals slated for 6 p.m., at the Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center on the Erie Community College city campus.

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