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Oakey Sets School Records in Women’s Swimming and Diving Loss to Marist, Men's Team Captures Win

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/06/2011
Senior Kara Powalski
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Buffalo, N.Y. - Freshman Marissa Oakey managed set a pair of records in the 1000 and 500 freestyle events, as the Canisius College women's swimming and diving team fell to reigning MAAC champion Marist, 179-118, on Sunday morning at the Burt Flickinger Center. Freshman Taylor Epstein swept on the diving boards, capturing first in the 1-meter and 3-meter events.

"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."

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, 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. 

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.

For the men, the 200 medley relay team of senior Steve Pochatko, juniors Matt Moessinger and Shawn Parkhurst, and sophomore Tyler Carver, 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.

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... Was also 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.

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