AU swimming and diving teams make return to pool
ALFRED, NY — The Alfred University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams take to the pool this Saturday (Oct. 20) as they open their 2012-13 season against visiting Nazareth. The Saxon teams have the depth and returning talent – along with some solid newcomers – needed to compete in the Empire 8 Conference.
The AU men’s squad returns a host of performers from a team that went 4-2 in dual meets (1-2 vs. Empire 8 opponents) and placed seventh at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) championships and fourth in the Empire 8 Conference championships.
The men’s team returnees include a pair of standout seniors in Nate Chapman (Hornell, NY/Hornell) and Brett Irwin (Springwater, NY/Wayland-Cohocton).
Chapman, the Saxons’ top distance freestyler since his freshman year, was 15th in 50-yard, 200-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle races at states last year. He was second on the team in dual-meet race wins with nine and was fourth in dual-meet scoring. Irwin, a top butterflyer, was 11th and 21st, respectively, in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly at states and was 21st in the 1,650-yard free. He had two dual-meet wins as well.
Other top returnees include junior Peter Sowinski (Akron, NY/Akron) and sophomores Zach Toth (Lockport, NY/Starpoint), David Coombs (Dansville, NY/Dansville) and David Luke (Ocala, FL/West Port).
Toth, the top-returning dual-meet scorer (eight wins; five runner-up finishes) specializes in the individual medley. He was second in the 400-yard IM at states last year and took 10th and 17th, respectively, in the 200 back and 100 fly. Coombs was 16th in the 100 free, 18th in the 100 back and 21st in the 50 free, while Luke was 17th and 20th, respectively, in the 50 and 100 free.
Irwin and Sowinski were part of the 200 medley relay team that was sixth at states; Toth, Chapman, Coombs and Sowinski took fourth in the 400 free relay and Luke, Toth, Coombs and Sowinski were fourth in the 200 free. Toth, Chapman and Sowinski return from a team that placed sixth in the 800 free relay at states and Irwin and Luke swam on the team that was sixth in the 400 medley relay.
Other returnees to the men’s team include: senior Tyler Puls (Rochester, NY/Harley School) (freestyle); juniors Terry Soto (Mt. Morris, NY/Mt. Morris) (fly) and Yair Lazar (Teaneck, NJ/Teaneck) (free); and sophomores Daniel Hamilton (Rochester, NY/Eastridge) (free) and Joseph Rogers (Dublin, NH) (free).
Newcomers to the men’s team include: juniors Jake Giglio (Hornell, NY/Hornell), a butterfly specialist, and Rob Locker (Corning, NY/Corning) (sprint freestyle); and freshmen Peter Imus (Hoboken, NJ/St. Peter’s) (diving/breaststroke), Karl Mallory (Dover, PA/Dover) (distance free/fly), Dylan Muller (Cazenovia, NY/Cazenovia) (diving), Cian Richardson (Woodacre, CA/Sir Francis Drake) (back), Sheldon Vosburgh (Canajoharie, NY/Canajoharie) (free) and Dustin Whyte (Wrentham, MA/King Philip Regional) (fly/free).
Sophomore Christina Behr (Manahawken, NJ/Southern Regional) was the AU women’s team’s top swimmer as a freshman last season. She was 10th in the 50-yard and 100-yard free and 19th in the 100 butterfly at states and was also the Lady Saxons’ top dual-meet performer with nine wins and 10 runner-up finishes. She again leads a team that will try to improve on a 12th-place finish at states (fifth at the E8 championships).
Other key returnees to the women’s team are a trio of seniors expected to provide leadership along with results in the pool: Eryn Matich (Johnson City, NY/Johnson City) (individual medley), Katie Ganley (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) (IM/fly/free), and Shelby Remington (Gainesville, NY/Latchworth) (distance free).
Matich was 24th in the 400 IM at states, setting a new school record (4:55.52) in preliminary heats, and was 26th in the 200 IM. She and Behr return from teams that set school records in the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay, taking sixth and eighth, respectively, at states. Matich was seventh in dual-meet scoring for AU in 2011-12.
Ganley was 19th in the 200 fly at states and was fourth in dual-meet scoring last year (one win; eight runner-up finishes) and Remington (one dual-meet win last year) took 20th and 27th, respectively, in the 1,650-yard and 500-yard freestyle races at states. Matich and Remington, along with senior Tracy Miller (Auburn, NY/Auburn) return from a team that was 13th in the 200 free relay at states.
Other returnees to the women’s team include: junior Paige Citarella (West Islip, NY/West Islip) (back/fly); and sophomores Molly Blair (Auburn, NY/Auburn) (free), Allison Derwallis (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Ludlow) (back/IM) and Alyssa Fuller (Alfred Station, NY/Alfred-Almond) (free/back).
Newcomers to the team in 2012-13 are: junior Cassandra Brown (Canisteo, NY/Canisteo-Greenwood) (diving); and freshmen Lauren Brilla (Pottsaville, PA/Pottsville) (free), Melissa Diegel (Sherwood, OR/Sherwood) (diving), Katherine Fitz (New Holland, PA/Garden Spot) (back/free), Emma Gromelski (Clarks Summit, PA/Abington Heights) (fly/free), Kelsey McRill (Solon, OH/Solon) (sprint free), Carly Watson (Hyde Park, NY/FDR) (fly/IM/free) and Sarah Weigel (Akron, NY/Akron) (back/free).
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