The Canisius College men's and women's swimming and diving teams will travel to Olean, N.Y. on Friday evening to take on Little Three rival St. Bonaventure. The dual will mark the Golden Griffins' final dual away from the Koessler Athletic Center Pool.
The Golden Griffins return to the water after competing at the Cleveland Dual Meet Invite on Nov. 28 and completing their finals.
"We are coming off exams this week and just like any other meet we are looking to compete, looking to race, and improve on our craft as we get closer and closer to MAACs," said head coach Scott Vanderzell.
Last year, the Golden Griffins were swept by both St. Bonaventure squads at the Koessler Athletic Center Pool on Dec. 17. Despite setting a pair of new school records, the women loss to the Bonnies, 163-77. The Golden Griffin men fell to St. Bonaventure, 171-72. In the dual, the women's squad had an impressive day from a pair of newcomers, Kelli Graber and Anna Schena. In the 50 freestyle, Graber set the program mark with a time of 25.42, while Schena secured a record-setting time of 1:00.05 in the 100 fly. Both would go onto to break these records later in the season.
In recent action at the Cleveland Dual Meet Invite, the Canisius women were victorious over Notre Dame, 178-57, and John Carroll, 179-58, and dropped a 155-82 decision to Cleveland State. For the Canisius women, freshman Marissa Oakey broke the school record in the 500 freestyle for the third time this season, posting a time of 5:06.51 en route to a first-place finish. Oakey also set the school mark in a second-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:37.78.
Sophomore Anna Schena captured first place in the 1000 freestyle, setting her season-best time of 10:48.39, while also finishing second in the 200 fly.
The Canisius men defeated Notre Dame, 188-41, and John Carroll, 184-56, while falling to host Cleveland State, 149-87. The Golden Griffin men were led by juniors Shawn Parkhurst and Matt Moessinger, and senior Steve Pochatko.
In his second-place finish in the 200 freestyle, Parkhurst set the program mark with a time of 1:44.28. Pochatko placed first in the 200 back, recording a time of 1:54.99. In the 400 IM, Moessinger took home top honors with a time of 4:12.66. On the boards, freshman Eddie Quarantillo set career bests in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. In the 1-meter event, Quarantillo finished second with a score of 250.30. The freshman finished third in the 3-meter event with a score of 237.15.
Parkhurst, a two-time MAAC champion, became the first Golden Griffin to represent the program at the AT&T Winter National Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center in Atlanta. On Dec. 3, Parkhurst reached the finals portion of the 200 fly with a top-30 finish among 68 competitors in the preliminaries. In the finals, the junior placed 25th with a time of 2:04.61, his best performance of the day.