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AU men in sixth, Alfred women 12th after second day of UNYSCSA championships
2/24/11

WEBSTER, NY -- The Alfred University men's team is in sixth place and the AU women in 12th after Thursday's action at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association swimming and diving championships.

The four-day UNYSCSA championships are being held through Saturday at the Webster Aquatic Center. After 10 events, the AU men have 384 points and the Alfred women have 148. Ithaca leads the men's and women's competitions with 726 and 759 points, respectively.

Seniors Tyler Olsen (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga) and Zach Mix (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris) paced the AU men Thursday. Olsen was third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.03) and Mix was sixth in the 100-yard butterfly (52.07 seconds).

Sophomore Brett Irwin (Springwater, NY/Wayland-Cohocton) was 18th in the 100-yard fly (52.75) and junior Jeff Swartout (Binghamton, NY/Chenango Valley) was 19th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:27.96).

The team of senior Dan Steere (Hornell, NY/Alfred-Almond), Mix, freshman Peter Sowinski (Akron, NY/Akron) and Olsen were fourth in the 200-yard free relay (1:25.96). Freshman Kyle Kraeger (Henrietta, NY/Rushg-Henrietta), junior Warren Dolben (Rye, NY/Berwick Academy), Mix and Olsen were fifth in the 400-yard medley relay (3:30.96).

Sophomore Eryn Matich (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City) was the only AU women's team member to score in an individual event Thursday. She took 24th in both the 400-yard IM (5:01.29) and 100-yard fly (1:04.58).

Senior Sarah Blair (Auburn, NY/Auburn) and freshman Rachel Garramone (Evanston, IL/Chicago Waldorf), Paige Citarella (West Islip, NY/West Islip) and Heather Remchuk (Hornell, NY/Hornell) were 11th in the 200-yard free relay (1:44.33). Junior Donna Hoops (Geneseo, NY/Geneseo), Remchuk, Matich and Blair were eighth in the 400-medley relay (4:09.71).

The championships continue Friday with the 200-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, women's 1-meter diving, and 800-yard freestyle relay.