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AU finishes fourth at state championships; Chambliss and Brisson each win two titles
2/28/10

SYRACUSE, NY – The Alfred University men’s swimming and diving team finished fourth at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) championships, which concluded Sunday evening at Nottingham High School in Syracuse.

Alfred, which came into the meet as three-time defending UNYSCSA champs, finished the meet with 876 points, just behind third-place Ithaca’s 876.5. Team champion Stevens had 1,157 points and runner-up Union had 1,146.

AU senior Andrew Brisson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) claimed his second title at the championships obn Sunday, winning the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA “B” provisional cut time of 46.42 seconds. Brisson also earned a “B” cut when he won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.80 on Saturday. Senior Kameron Chambliss (Alfred Station, NY/Alfred-Almond), who won in one-meter diving Friday, added a title on the three-meter board Sunday with 497.05 points. Both performances met NCAA championship qualifying standards.

The 100 freestyle was Alfred’s best event Sunday, as Brisson and three other Saxons scored in the event. Junior Tyler Olsen (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga) was fourth (47.28); junior Dan Steere (Hornell, NY/Alfred-Almond) was 12th (48.41); and sophomore Andrew Moragne (Cleveland, OH/University) was 18th (48.27).

Junior Matt Lobban (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) was seventh in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:54.99) and 24th in the 200-yard backstroke; freshman Nate Chapman (Hornell, NY/Hornell) was eighth in the 1,650 free (16:55.08); sophomore Warren Dolben (Rye, NH/Berwick Academy) took 13th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:14.82); junior Zach Mix (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris) and senior Greg Pilgrim (Almond, NY/Alfred-Almond) were sixth (1:57.87) and 10th (1:59.75), respectively, in the 200-yard butterfly; and senior Sipol Smakpunt (Colorado Springs, CO/Sierra) and freshman Phil Yannella (Glenmoore, PA/Downington West) were 16th (306.85 points) and 20th (287.25), respectively in three-meter diving.

Moragne, Steere, Olsen and Brisson placed second in the meet’s final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, with an NCAA “B” cut time of time of 3:07.13. The Saxons’ B team of Steere, sophomore Richard Lenihan (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley), Chapman, and freshman Tyler Diesenberg (Avon, NY/Avon) were 20th in 3:16.36.

Several Saxons will now wait to see if their “B” cut times will be strong enough to get them into the NCAA Division championship meet March 17-20 in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to Brisson’s cut times in the 200-yard and 100-yard freestyle, the team of Brisson, Dolben, Mix and Olsen earned a “B” cut in the 400-yard medley relay (3:27.83) on Friday and the team of Moragne, Steere, Olsen and Brisson earned one in Sunday’s 400-yard freestyle relay. Chambliss, who had met NCAA standards for one- and three-meter diving during the dual-meet season, again surpassed standards on both boards at the UNYSCSA meet and has qualified for the NCAA championships.