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DATE: Sat., Feb. 12, 2005

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Swimming & Diving

Coach pleased as SUNYACs close

BUFFALO, N.Y. Fredonia State head coach Arthur Wang has reason to be happy following the SUNYAC Championships which concluded Saturday night.

His women's team finished in fifth place -- three places better than last February.

The Blue Devil men, while eighth in the standings, showed marked improvement as well.

"I'm extremely happy," Wang said, "with the way they (his athletes) performed today and thoughout the weekend."

On the women's side, four more team records were set Saturday -- with three swimmers involved in two each.

The individual records were by freshman Lexi Chapman (Lockport/Lockport), sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 18:23.54; freshman Alison Eckert (Eden/Eden), ninth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:17.67; and senior Katie Gordon (Hamburg/Hamburg), 10th in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:21.09.

Gordon, sophomore Cassie Austin (Cuba/Cuba-Rushford), Eckert, and Chapman combined to establish a new school record of 3:46.30 in the 200-yard freestyle. They finished fifth in the finals.

Meanwhile, freshman diver Teresa MacInnes (Tonawanda/Kenmore East) was fourth in the 1-meter diving finals with 324.75 points.

On the men's side, junior Chris Oaks (Macedon/Palmyra-Macedon) shaved double-digit seconds off a performance for the third straight day. His third-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle was the best placement by a Blue Devil on Saturday. It took him 17:31.67 to finish, 33 seconds faster than his time in the same race at the SUNYAC Championships last year.

"Chris had a great performance," said Wang, in his second year as Blue Devil head coach. "He tapered well, believed in himself, and executed."

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