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Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Each Capture a Pair of Victories at Cleveland Dual Meet Invite

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/29/2011
Freshman Marissa Oakey
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The Canisius College men's and women's swimming and diving teams each swept John Carroll and Notre Dame College at the Cleveland Dual Meet Invite hosted by Cleveland State on Tuesday evening. In the Invite, both squads fell to the host Vikings. The Canisius men defeated Notre Dame, 188-41, and John Carroll, 184-56, while falling to the host Vikings, 149-87. The Canisius women were victorious over Notre Dame, 178-57, and John Carroll, 179-58, and dropped a 155-82 decision to Cleveland State.

"I am very satisfied with the performances we received from both sides today," said head coach Scott Vanderzell.

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 Griffs has a strong overall showing in the 100 freestyle, as senior Kara Powalski finished second, and  sophomore Kelli Graber (56.56) finished third. In addition, freshman Erika Tozser (57.14) and Julie Strychalski (57.47) each bettered their previous season times, placing fifth and seventh, respectively.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of junior Annalise Gunn-Taylor, Schena, sophomore Leah Villari, and Oakey finished second with a time of 1:43.76.

On the 1-meter board, junior Alex Gigliotti recorded a season-best of 190.50 to finish third overall.

"Anna Schena had a great outing, setting the tempo for our women. Megan Sullivan also swam very well today, posting a personal best in the 400 IM, while Erika Tozser continues to make huge improvements," said Vanderzell.

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. On the day, Parkhurst also finished second in the 200 fly, posting a time of 1:57.46.

Pochatko took home top honors in the 200 back, recording a time of 1:54.99. The senior also finished third overall in the 50 freestyle with a season-best of 21.62.

Moessinger raked in first place in the 400 IM with a time of 4:12.66, while finishing third in the 200 fly in 2:00.31.

On the diving 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.

Freshman Sean Wurster had a strong showing at the Invite, finishing third overall in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:03.23, which was an improvement of his previous time by eight seconds and was less than a tenth of a second behind second place. Wurster also placed second in the 500 freestyle in 4:54.25.

In the 200 backstroke, the Griffs occupied four of the top five slots, taking second, third, fourth, and fifth  with Sam Hansen leading the way, recording a time of 2:12.48.

The 200 freestyle relay team of junior Michael Disco, sophomore Adam Swift, Parkhurst, and freshman Tyler Evans posted a time of 1:30.72 to finish second overall.

"On the men's side, it was great to see the newcomers, including Sean Wurster and Tyler Evans begin to assert themselves among our veterans," said Vanderzell.

Both squads return to action on Friday, Dec. 16 when they travel to Olean, N.Y. to face Little Three rival St. Bonaventure at 5 p.m.

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