Buffalo, N.Y. - The Canisius College men's swimming and diving team opened conference action by defeating Marist, 165-135, on Sunday morning at the Burt Flickinger Center. In the dual, the Canisius women fell to the reigning MAAC women's champion Marist, 179-118. Senior Steve Pochatko, juniors Matt Moessinger and Shawn Parkhurst, and Tyler Carver each captured first-place finishes to lead the Griffin men to victory. In addition, Moessinger set the school record in the 100 fly with a time of 51.22.
"As a team we stepped up against one of the top teams in the MAAC and competed," said head swimming and diving coach Scott Vanderzell. "In each event, a different swimmer stepped up."
For the men, the 200 medley relay team of Pochatko, Carver, Moessinger, and Parkhurst opened the Golden Griffins' scoring with a first-place finish in the men's first event of the day in a time of 1:36.50.
In his first-place performance in the 100 fly, Moessinger set the school record in a time of 51.22, taking close to a second off the previous record held by Parkhurst.
In addition to their first-place finishes as a part of the 200 medley relay, Pochatko, Moessinger, and Parkhurst captured a pair of individual top-finishes. Pochatko took first in the 100 backstroke (51.55) and in the 200 backstroke (1:55.75), while Parkhurst finished first in the 500 freestyle (4:47.95) and in the 200 fly (1:53.19). Besides taking first in the 100 fly, Moessinger also finished first in the 200 IM (1:57.77).
Out of the 200 medley relay team, Carver also took the top place in an event with the top spot in the 100 breaststroke (59.72).
On the diving boards for the Canisius men, freshman Eddie Quarantillo finished second in both the 1-meter (219.45) and 3-meter (207.68) events.
"The men's team is very determined and a meet like this adds to their confidence," said Vanderzell.
Freshman Marissa Oakey led the way for the Golden Griffin women, capturing first place in the 1000 freestyle (10:26.77). In the race, she set the school record for the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle, mid-race. As if breaking the 500 freestyle record once wasn't enough, Oakey broke the record again in the actual race in a time of 5:07.02 for first place.
On the diving board, freshman Taylor Epstein completed the sweep of both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. In the 1-meter event, Epstein finished with a total score of 187.80 with only four points separating her from Marist's Kimberly Tobias (183.60). Epstein recorded a score of 198.90 to finish with top honors in the 3-meter portion.
The first three spots in the 50 freestyle were separated by nine mili-seconds, as Marist's Madeline Arciello (24.95) came in first followed by the Griffs' Oakey (25.02) in second and Kelli Graber (25.04) in third.
"I was very proud of how our womens team has progressed over the last month and the young team is starting to come together," stated Vanderzell.
The Golden Griffins will return to the pool on the road when they travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to face Duquesne in a dual on Friday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m.
NOTES: Marked the first time Marist has come to Buffalo, N.Y. for a dual meet with the Golden Griffins... Also marked the first dual between the two teams... The Canisius women faced the reigning MAAC champion Red Foxes, who have captured seven of the last eight conference titles... The Marist men have also finished as one of the top three teams since they joined in 1996, claiming 12 titles in that span.