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Saxon men’s swimmers win, women fall at Nazareth
10/22/11

PITTSFORD, NY - The Alfred University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their 2011-12 seasons Saturday at Nazareth. The AU men won the dual meet contested in the 25-meter pool, 155-96, while the Alfred women lost, 182-98.

Sophomore Peter Sowinski (Akron, NY/Akron) won three events to lead the AU men. He took the 50-meter free (24.25 seconds), the 100 free (55.08 seconds) and the 200 free (2:03.80) and anchored the winning 200-meter medley relay with seniors Rich Guarniero (Utica, NY/Thomas R. Proctor) and Warren Dolben (Rye, NH/Berwick Academy) and freshman Zachary Toth (Lockport, NY/Lockport) (1:49.46).

Guarniero, Dolben and juniors Nate Chapman (Hornell, NY/Hornell) and Brett Irwin (Springwater, NY/Wayland-Cohocton) each won two events for the Saxons: Guarniero in the 100 back (1:04.06) and 200 back (2:23.18); Dolben in the 100 breast (1:07.27) and 200 breast (2:34.06); Chapman in the 800 free (9:02.36) and 400 free (4:25.05); and Irwin in the 200 butterfly (2:23.43) and 100 fly (1:00.62).

Other winners for the Saxon men were: freshman Jeffrey Castellano (Fairport, NY/Fairport) in 1-meter diving (192.80 points) and Toth in the 200 individual medley (2:18.70). The team of Guarniero, Chapman and freshmen David Luke (Ocala, FL/West Port) and Dave Coombs (Dansville, NY/Dansville) won the 200 free relay (1:40.31).

Freshman Christina Behr (Manahawkin, NJ/Southern Regional) won the 100 free (1:02.48) and took second in the 50 free (28.27 seconds) and 200 IM (2:37.90) to lead the AU women. Junior Katie Ganley (Syracuse, NY/Westhill), in the 100 fly (1:15.41) and senior Donna Hoops (Geneseo, NY/Geneseo), in the 100 back (1:13.45) were also event winners for the Lady Saxons. Ganley also took second in the 200 fly (2:45.78).

Other top swimmers for the Alfred women were: freshman Sarah Dykstra, second in the 100 back (1:16.27) and 200 back (2:39.74); sophomore Heather Remchuk (Hornell, NY/Hornell), second in the 100 breast (1:23.37); junior Shelby Remington (Pike, NY/Letchworth), second in the 800 free (10:36.55); and junior Eryn Matich (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City), second in the 100 fly (1:16.03).

The team of Hoops, Remchuk, Matich and Behr took second in the 200 medley relay (2:12.69).

The AU men’s and women’s teams are in action next on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Geneseo Invitational.