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Watroba, 400 Free Relay Win On Final Day of MAACS

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 02/12/2017
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Senior Marissa Watroba won the women’s 200 breaststroke event in 2:22.94, while the women’s 400 free relay team of freshman Ashlyn Gilfillan, sophomore Marissa Dirienzo, senior Hannah Graesser and junior Rebecca Anthone won the 400 freestyle relay event in 3:30.64, to close day four of the 2017 MAAC Championships from the Burt Flickinger Center.

With the two victories on Saturday evening, the Griffs amassed a total of six MAAC Championship titles over the four-day event.

To close the Championship, Canisius ranked third in the women's standings with 581 total points, while the men finished fourth with 420 total points.

The final day of competition was also highlighted by the selection of junior Travis Wright as the MAAC Men’s Most Outstanding Diver, while head diving coach Ian O’ Rourke was voted as the MAAC Diving Coach of the Year.

Sophomore Vivian Mroz placed second in the women’s one meter event Saturday with a score of 244.70, giving the Griffs diving program two second place finishes in the Championship, with Mroz also placing second in the women’s three meter Thursday. The men's side saw two first place finishes, as Wright won both the one and three meter events with scores of 334.45 in the one meter and 357.75 in the three meter event.

Other women’s action from day four saw sophomore Cassie Brousseau finish second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.16, while Graesser placed fifth in the 100 freestyle in 52.77 with Anthone and Gilfillan close behind in sixth and seventh respectively (52.91, 52.95).

On the men’s side, junior Greg Staebell swam to a third-place finish in the men's 200 backstroke finishing in 1:50.31, with fewllow junior Dan Dirrigl getting eighth place in the men's 200 butterfly with a time of 1:54.58.

Also for the men was the 400-freestyle relay team of junior Tommy Kirch, sophomore Michael Shenal, senior Christian Westermeier and senior Cam MacDonald who finished in 3:06.85

The closing of the 2017 MAAC Swimming and Diving Championship marks the end of the 2016-17 season for the Canisius swim program, while three members of the diving program Mroz, Wright, and senior Brent Carbone will compete in the Zone A Diving Championships in March.

Event Notes
• Rider won the MAAC Championship on the men's side with a total of 840.5 points. Marist placed second with 635 points, while Bryant finished in third place with 469.5 points. The Griffs finished ahead of Iona (400.5), Niagara (324), Saint Peter’s (246), Manhattan (180.5), Fairfield (172.5) and Monmouth (97.5), ending in fourth place at 420 points.
• Marist placed first with 810 points to win the women's championship, with Rider finishing in second with 617 points. The Blue and Gold took the third position at 581 points, while Iona (469), Niagara (328), Fairfield (319), Siena (289), Manhattan (194), Monmouth (122), and Saint Peter’s (58) all trailed the Griffs.
• The Golden Griffins had three swimmers place first in preliminary events, senior Sarah Dimayo in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.30, DiRienzo in the 200 backstroke in 2:06.48, and junior Collin Zapisek who won his 1650 freestyle preliminary event with a time of 16:12.39
• Freshman Gianna Cornelia also placed in the women’s one meter diving event with a score of 208.95, good for seventh place. 

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