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Saxons fourth after first day at UNYSCSA championships
Alfred is the three-time defending champs in the UNYSCSA meet, which is being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 26-28) at Nottingham High School in Syracuse. Alfred has 294 points after Friday’s events; Union leads with 369 points and Stevens Institute of Technology and Ithaca are second (365 points) and third (332), respectively. The Saxons earned state titles in both relays - 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay (the latter with an NCAA “B” provisional cut time) -- and AU senior Kameron Chambliss (Alfred Station, NY/Alfred-Almond) claimed his first career UNYSCSA championship, winning one-meter diving.
In the meet’s first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Alfred team of sophomore Andrew Moragne (Cleveland, OH/University), juniors Zach Mix (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris) and Tyler Olsen (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga) and senior Andrew Brisson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) took first with a time of 1:24.46. Stevens took second and 17th and Alfred’s other relay squad – freshman Tyler Diesenberg (Avon, NY/Avon), senior Pat Grimmer (Bath, NY/Haverling), freshman Nate Chapman (Hornell, NY/Hornell) and junior Dan Steere (Hornell, NY/Alfred-Almond) – placed 20th (1:28.85) and the teams were tied 74-74.
In the 500-yard freestyle, Olsen was ninth (4:47.09) and Chapman 14th (4:54.01), while Stevens placed three in the top four of to take a 170-155.5 lead over second-place Union, with AU in third (106.5). Mix was ninth in the next event, the 200-yard individual medley (158.15) as Union took a 248-216 lead over Stevens, with Alfred dropping to fifth (125 points) behind Ithaca and RPI. In the 50-yard freestyle, Brisson was second (21.35 seconds), Moragne was ninth (21.58), and Steere was 21st (22.24).
Chambliss won one-meter diving with 466.35 points to outdistance runner-up Douglas Pilawa of Skidmore (444.80). Chambliss’s previous best finish at a UNYSCSA meet was last year, when he was second on both the one-meter and three-meter boards.
Senior Sipol Smakpunt (Colorado Springs, CO/Sierra) and freshman Phil Yanella (Glenmoore, PA/Downington West) were 18th (291 points) and 19th (282.71), respectively, on the one-meter board and AU remained in fifth (222 points) heading into the 400-yard medley relay, the day’s final event. Brisson, sophomore Warren Dolben (Rye, NH/Berwick Academy), Mix and Olsen won the race with a time of 3:27.83, which was under the NCAA “B” cut of 3:28.78. The AU team of sophomore Richard Guarniero (New York Mills, NY/Thomas R. Proctor), sophomore Jeff Swartout (Binghamton, NY/Chenango Valley) senior Greg Pilgrim (Almond, NY/Alfred-Almond) and Morgane were 21st in 3:39.34.
The championships continued Saturday with the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, and 800-yard freestyle relay. The meet concludes Sunday with the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard back, 100-yard free, 200-yard breast, 200-yard butterfly, three-meter diving and the 400-yard freestyle relay.