Sophomore Spencer Bray and junior Eddie Quarantillo each won MAAC Championships for the Canisius College swimming and diving team on day two of the MAAC Championships Friday.
The men’s team remains in third place, while the women’s team dropped to fourth while closing the gap with second-place Rider, who they sit just 18 points behind.
Bray followed up his victory in Thursday’s 500-yard freestyle with a victory in the 1000-yard freestyle Friday evening. Bray stayed with the leaders for the first half of the race before turning it up for the second half of the race en route to winning by over two seconds.
“Spencer came in with a lot of confidence, but I don’t know that he thought he’d win these races,” said head coach Scott Vanderzell. “He just wanted to race. He’s someone who comes to practice every day ready to work and I’m happy for him.”
Behind Bray’s time of 9:19.37, the Griffs put three other swimmers in the top-10. Junior Sean Wurster (9:39.51) finished sixth, junior Sam Hansen (9:45.41) and freshman Michael Berg (9:49.45) finished 10th
After a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter dive on day one, Quarantillo rebounded in the morning session on the 3-meter board, putting himself as the top qualifier for the finals. Quarantillo then posted a 311.75 on the high board in the finals, giving him the victory.
“I didn’t really dive up to the expectations that I set for myself on Friday,” Quarantillo said. “I just came in today remembering that it was a new day and it worked out.”
The Griffs also received points from the 400-IM, where freshman Wyatt Sintay finished fifth, and junior Sam Hansen finished sixth.
Canisius currently sits in third on the men’s side with 393 points. Rider is in the lead at 533 and Marist in second with 493.
On the women’s side, the best finish of the day came from sophomore Alicia Wheeler in the 100-yard butterfly. Senior Anna Schena also reached the finals in the event where she would finish seventh and junior Sara Nungesser finshed ninth.
Sophomore Clare Battaglia was another finalist for the Griffs. Battaglia took fourth in the 100-back with time of 58.31.
In the women’s 400-IM, sophomore Alex Doody and freshman Marissa Watroba took sixth and seventh respectively.
Watroba would finish sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke just a few events later, putting up a time of 1:07.34.
The Canisius women currently occupy fourth with 367 points, just seven points behind Saint Peter’s (374), and 18 behind Rider (385). Marist leads the way with 514 points.
The final day of the MAAC Championships will get underway on Saturday at 10 a.m.