The Canisius College swimming and diving teams will compete outside of Buffalo for the final time this season, when they head to Cleveland State on Tuesday. The meet is the Griffs’ fifth-consecutive meet away from home.
“I think it’s a little bit of a relief to not have to get on the bus and travel,” said head coach Scott Vanderzell. “It takes a toll on you to do all that traveling along with training, so we’re pretty excited to get our traveling done in the first part of the year so we can swim at home a bit and focus on the conference.”
The Griffs are coming off a meet to Colgate on Nov. 23, where the Canisius men took a dominant 203-86 victory, while the women fell 166-133. A pair of school-records fell in the meet, as sophomore Spencer Bray broke the 200-yard freestyle record, and freshman Marissa Watroba setting a new school mark in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The Canisius men also saw 10 different swimmers earn individual victories in the meet.
“I think everyone has worked hard to get to a point where they can contribute in different aspects of the meet,” Vanderzell said. “Now we’ve can identify where people are and where they’ll fit in as we get closer and closer to conference. We love our depth and it’s been something we’ve been striving for these past four or five years and it’s starting to pay dividends for us now.”
The Griffs and Vikings met in the Cleveland Duals last season, with Cleveland State’s women and men both taking the victories.
“Our expectation is to go in there and race and improve on what we do,” Vanderzell said. “They’re coming off an invite, so they’re probably a little more rested than we are at this point in the year. But again, our expectations are to go and race and continue to improve.”The meet is set to begin at 3 p.m.