Heading into the final relay, just one point separated the Canisius and Marist men in the first meet of the 2013-14 season.
The deciding race was the 400-yard freestyle relay, in which Marist’s Nicholas Spinella was able to out-touch freshman Christian Westermeier by 0.22 seconds to seal the victory for the Red Foxes by a score of 161.5 to Canisius’ 138.5.
“There were a lot of swims could’ve gone either way today,” said head coach Scott Vanderzell. “We just wanted to see our team compete and see what the freshmen had, and we saw a lot of really, really great things today.”
Canisius has 21 freshmen between the two rosters, many of whom played a big role in the team’s scoring during their debuts.
Freshman backstroker Jerry Daigler finished first in both the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes. His victories were followed by Freshman Colin Landweer who took home first in the 200-yard freestyle and Wyatt Sintay, who won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke for the Griffs. Landweer also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle.
“We out a lot of pressure on [the freshmen] to get out there and perform right away,” Vanderzell said. “I thought they did a great job of getting up there and not being afraid to race and being aggressive start to finish.”
The Canisius women saw more strong performances from freshmen. Freestyler Hannah Graesser tied for first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.50, and second in the 100-yard freestyle.
On the women’s side, the Griffs’ fell to Marist by a score of 178.5-116.5.
In addition to the freshmen, some familiar names took some top-times for the Griffs on Friday. Sophomore Alex Doody, and junior Marissa Oakey took home the top-two spots in the 500-yard freestyle. Doody championed the event with a time of 5:13.62, and Oakey finished second just one second later.
The men’s 500-yard freestyle proved to be one of the tightest contested races of the day, with sophomore Spencer Bray being out-touched by 6 hundredths of a second by the Red Foxes’ Ryan Murphy.
Canisius managed to win three of the four relays on the afternoon, falling in only the final 400-yard freestyle event.
Junior Eddie Quarantillo took second in the 3-meter dive, finishing with a six-dive score of 286.80. Quarantillo was the Griffs’ top-finisher in the 1-meter dive as well, placing second overall.
For the women, junior Taylor Epstein was the Griffs’ top-finisher in both events. Epstein finished second in the 3-meter dive with a score of 227.62. Sophomore Audrey Mulhisen took third overall in the event, with a score of 214.65. Epstein finished third overall in the 1-meter dive.
Canisius will return to action in just one week when they head to the University of Rochester Invite. The two-day event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with the divers hitting the pool on the campus of SUNY Brockport. The swimming will get underway at the University of Rochester at 6 p.m.