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AU men rally past Ithaca to take Don Richards Invitational; Saxon women place sixth
12/06/09

ROCHESTER, NY – Trailing Ithaca heading into the meet’s final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Alfred University men’s swimming and diving team turned in first- and seventh-place finishes to rally past the Bombers and win the RIT-hosted Don Richards Invitational on Sunday afternoon. The Alfred women’s team placed sixth.

Alfred trailed Ithaca, 698.5 to 683, before the 400 free relay. The team of sophomore Andrew Moragne (Cleveland, OH/University), junior Dan Steere (Hornell, NY/Alfred-Almond) and seniors Tyler Olsen (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga) and Andrew Brisson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) won the relay in 3:13.99 and freshman Nate Chapman (Hornell, NY/Hornell), senior Greg Pilgrim (Almond, NY/Alfred-Almond), sophomore Warren Dolben (Rye, NH/Berwick Academy) and junior Zach Mix (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris) took seventh in 3:19.89. The Saxons earned 64 points in the relay, while Ithaca placed third and 10th to earn 46 points and allow AU to pull ahead.

Brisson took second in the 50-yard free (21.66 seconds) and Chapman was second in the 500-yard free (4:56.00) to help lead the Saxon men on Sunday. Olsen (5:04.04)and junior Matt Lobban (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) (5:08.12) took fourth and 10th, respectively in the 500 free; Moragne (21.95 seconds) and Steere (22.96) were fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 50 free; Mix (2:03.82) and Dolben (2:10.75) were third and eighth, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley. In Sunday’s opening event, the AU team of Brisson, Dolben, Pilgrim and Olsen won the 400-yard medley relay in 3:38.17.

The AU women scored 258 points to place sixth; Ithaca was first with 933 points and Nazareth was second with 852.

Junior Sarah Blair (Auburn, NY/Auburn) led the Lady Saxons Sunday, taking second in the 50-yard free (24.60 seconds).

Sophomore Donna Hoops (Geneseo, NY/Geneseo), freshmen Katie Ganley (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) and Eryn Matich (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City) and Blair took sixth in the 400 medley relay (4:28.80) and Blair, senior Meghan Jones (Beaver Falls, NY/Beaver River), freshman Shelby Remington (Gainesville, NY/Letchworth) and junior Calista Merritt (Conesus, NY/Livonia) were sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:57.56).

The AU men and women are in action next on Friday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. when they host an Empire 8 Conference dual meet against Utica.