The Canisius College swimming and diving teams split in their first dual meet of the 2011-12 season on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Griffin men's team defeated Geneseo 146-95 while the Golden Griffin women fell 125-118.
"I thought we had a great meet today," Canisius coach Scott Vanderzell said. "Both teams put in tremendous effort and produced great swims during the first dual meet of the year."
The Golden Griffin men got off to a fast start, winning the 400 medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 35.77 seconds. The Griffs continued the first-place results when junior Shawn Parkhurst won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:59.30, beating freshman Sam Hansen (10:00.72) by just over a second. Freshman Sean Wurster won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.39. Parkhurst won his second race of the day with a time of 53.24 in the 100 butterfly, taking that race by 1.57 seconds.
Senior Adam Calandra took the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.02 while senior Steve Pochatko won the 100 backstroke by a second and a half with a time of 52.85. Junior Matt Moessinger won the 500 freestyle in 4:54.66 while Tyler Carver won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.78. Freshman Eddie Quarantillo won both diving events, scoring 247.25 points in the 1-meter and 219.85 points in the 3-meter.
On the day, the Canisius men won 11 of the 13 events and finished one-two in four of the events.
Sophomores Anna Schena (11:06.47) and Leah Villari (11:13.16) took the first two places in the women's 1,000 freestyle. Freshman Marissa Oakey followed that up with a win in the 200 freestyle (1:57.16) by more than three seconds. Kelli Graber won the 50 freestyle as the sophomore posted a 25.48. Sophomore Maggie DeMarco won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.07 while Oakey then won her second event of the day, recording a time of 5:12.40 in the 500 freestyle to win that race by nearly 14 seconds. The Griffs also won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:41.15. Freshman Taylor Epstein won the 3-meter diving event with a score of 214.10 points.
The Canisius diving teams return to the pool on Sunday, at the Clarion Diving Invite. The swimming and diving teams return to the pool on Sunday, Nov. 6, when they take on Marist College at Erie Community College, the site of the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship (Feb. 16-18).