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AU’s Baker and Agro set to compete at NCAA swimming championships
3/07/09

ALFRED, NY — Matt Baker (Weedsport, NY/Weedsport) and Brian Agro (Gray, ME/Cheverus), seniors on the Alfred University men’s swimming and diving team, will compete in the NCAA Division III championships March 18-21 in Minneapolis, MN.

Baker qualified automatically to compete in the 100-yardf backstroke with his time of 50.46 seconds, turned in at RIT’s Don Richards Invitational in December. He is a two-time All-American in the event, having garnered honorable mention honors at the 2007 and 2008 championships. He is seeded 10th in the 100 back at this year’s NCAAs.

Baker will also compete in the 200-yard backstroke. He earned an NCAA provisional “B” cut in the event at last month’s Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) championships. His is seeded 17th in the event at the NCAAs with a time of 1:51.73.

Agro’s “B” cut times in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley were good enough to get him to the NCAAs for the first time in his stellar AU career. His time of 56.86 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, earned at the UNYSCSA meet, seeds him 19th. His time of 1:53.58 in the 200-yard IM, also earned at the UNYSCSA championships, seeds him 20th.

Baker will also swim in one optional event, the 200-yard freestyle.

AU earned “B” cuts in the 200-yard and 40o-yard medley and 400-yard free relays, but the times were fast enough to get the teams into the NCAAs. Junior Andrew Brisson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) earned an NCAA “B” cut in the 200-yard free, but it wasn’t fast enough to qualify him for the championships.

Agro will swim in one optional event, the 200-yard breaststroke.