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Swimming and Diving Sweeps Gannon

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 01/11/2014
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The Canisius College swimming and diving team returned to action for the first time in nearly a month and completed a sweep of Gannon on Saturday. The men took the meet 129-74 while the women bested the Knights 116-80. The women improved their dual record to 6-4 on the year, and the men moved to 8-2.

Canisius broke two Koessler Athletic Center Pool records in the meet. Sophomore Spencer Bray broke the KAC record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:26.07, and freshman Wyatt Sintay would break the pool mark in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.42).

The two record-setting performances were part of six individual victories on the men’s side. In addition to his swim in the 1650-yard freestyle, Bray also took home a win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.55. He also swam to a second place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Sintay won the 200-yard IM, finishing in 1:59.25.

Freshman Colin Landweer won the 100-yard freestyle for the Griffs, posting a time of 49.09, while fellow freshman Cam MacDonald won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.52.

The women had a trio of swimmers with multiple individual victories on the afternoon, as sophomore Clare Battaglia, freshman Hannah Graesser and junior Marissa Oakey each took home two wins.

Battaglia swam to a time of 2:15.16 in the 200-yard backstroke, and also took the top spot in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:14.63. Oakey took home the 200-yard freestyle with at time of 1:58.91 and later won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:17.54.

Graesser won both sprint freestyles, posting a time of 24.87 in the 50, and following it up with a 53.86 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Senior Anna Schena won the 200-yard butterfly for the Griffs, swimming the event in 2:12.52.

The teams split the relays, with Gannon taking both 400-yard medley relays to start the meet, but Canisius took the top spot in both 200-yard freestyle relays to close out the meet.

The Griffs also dove in an exhibition prior to the meet as Gannon does not have a diving team. Sophomore Audrey Mulhisen posted the high score on the 1-meter dive at 219.30, while junior Taylor Epstein recorded the higher score on the high board, scoring 205.04 for the women. Junior Eddie Quarantillo posted a score of 285.74 on the 3-meter board and freshman Adam Bonk dove to a score of 292.50 to take meet-high scores for the men.

Canisius’ next meet will be its final regular season contest of the 2013-14 season, and the Griffs will end it with longtime rival Niagara. The meet will be held on Jan. 18 at the Burt Flickenger Center on the campus of Erie Community College. It’s scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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