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DATE: Sat., Feb. 9, 2008

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Swimming & Diving

Sponholz reclaims SUNYAC diving title

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Fredonia State junior Kelly Sponholz (Alden) is 6-for-6. Six SUNYAC diving competitions entered, six titles.

Sponholz scored 461.20 points Saturday in the 1-meter springboard competition to claim her third straight conference title in the event. She has also been victorious off the 3-meter board the last three years.

As was the case after the women's 3-meter competition Thursday, Sponholz had familiar company next to her on the medals stand. Blue Devil senior Teresa MacInnes (Tonawanda/Kenmore East) scored 412.15 points to finish second -- less than one point ahead of the third-place finisher. MacInnes also was second off the 3-meter board at SUNYACs.

The Fredonia State women finished fifth in the team standings and broke five more team records. The Fredonia State men also finished fifth. Nine SUNYAC teams competed at the three-day meet.

Among the other Saturday highlights for the women was a third-place finish by junior Emily Dizer (Tonawanda/Sweet Home); a fourth-place finish by the 400-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Jenna Stelmach (Hamburg/Frontier), freshman Caitlyn Fields (Buffalo/Sacred Heart), sophomore Monica Dunlevy (Batavia), and freshman Morgan Reisch (Fairport); and fifth-place finishes by Reisch in the 100-yard freestyle and Fields in the 200-yard butterfly.

Team records were set by Dizer, Reisch, Fields, the 400 free relay team, and sophomore Leiya Pujals (Kings Park) in the 200-yard breast stroke during the consolation final. In addition, sophomore Mandy Nelson (Frewsburg) finished fifth in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

On the men's side, senior Scott Horsington (Churchville/Churchville-Chili) finished second in 3-meter springboard diving with 515 points while teammate Christian Torres (Dunkirk) was seventh in the event. In swimming events, freshman Mike Mitchell (Medina, Ohio) finished fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle, and sophomore Al Palmquist (Olean) was fifth in the 200-yard backstroke.

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