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Saxons compete at state championships; men in sixth, women 11th
2/25/11

WEBSTER, NY -- The Alfred University men's and women's swimming and diving teams were in sixth and 11th place, respectively, after Friday's action at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association championships.

The four-day UNYSCSA meets are being held through Saturday at the Webster Aquatic Center. Alfred's men are in sixth of 13 teams, with 522 points. Ithaca leads with 964 points and second-place Stevens has 949. The AU women are 11th of 14 teams, with 245.5 points. Leader Ithaca has 1,178 points and Stevens has 1,006.5.

Five AU men scored in individual events, with senior Zach Mix (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris) taking sixth in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.40) and junior Warren Dolben (Rye, NH/Berwick Academy) taking eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.63 seconds). Freshman Kyle Kraeger (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) took 13th (54.47 seconds), senior Ted Remington (Pike, NY/Letchworth) placed 20th (55.63) and junior Richard Guarniero (New York Mills, NY/Thomas R. Proctor) finished 21st (59.63 seconds) in the 100-yard backstroke.

Freshman Peter Sowinski (Akron, NY/Akron), senior Matt Lobban (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford-Mendon), Guarniero and senior Tyler Olsen (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga) placed fifth in the 800-yard freestyle relay).

Senior Sarah Blair (Auburn, NY/Auburn) and freshman Heather Remchuk (Hornell, NY/Hornell) paced the AU women with top-10 finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke. Blair was sixth in 1:08.75 and Remchuk was 10th in 1:09.42.

Junior Donna Hoops (Geneseo, NY/Geneseo) was 11th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.14) and sophomore Kate Ganley (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) was 21st in the 200-yard butterfly (2:25.54).

Blair, sophomore Shelby Remington (Pike, NY/Letchworth), Remchuk and senior Calista Merritt (Conesus, NY/Livonia) were 11th in the 800-yard free relay (8:22.51).

The championships conclude Saturday evening with finals heats in the 100-yard free, 200-yard back, 200-yard breast, 1,650-yard free, men's 3-meter diving, and the 400-yard free relay.