By Erica Fugger
The Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams competed in the UNYSCA Championships in their final post-season meet. The meet was a four-day, combined championship format, synonymous with the NCAA National meet schedule. Union competed in the UNYSCSA conference consisting of fourteen teams. The State Championship was held at Webster High School, located in Rochester, NY.
The first day of the championships got off to an exciting start for the women’s team. Freshmen Maddy Ashworth and Danielle Young placed second and third in the final heat of the 500 yard freestyle, with Ashworth turning in a time of 5:07.97. In the 50 yard freestyle, Union stacked the top heat, finishing fourth, fifth, and seventh with sprinters Priscilla Wright ‘12, Kaleigh Ahern ‘13, and Erica Fugger ‘12. Wright secured a NCAA ‘B’ cut with a time of 24.03. The 200 medley relay team consisting of Lexi Bascom ‘12, Ahern, Andrea Marois ‘11, and Wright came in third with a time of 1:47.98, narrowly touching out the Nazareth College team by .01 seconds. This time qualified the relay team for the NCAA National ‘B’ cut.
On the men’s side, the first championship heat finisher was Alex Boyd ‘12, who swam the 200 Individual Medley and achieved a fourth place finish with a time of 1:55.82. The second top eight finish of the day was by the 200 medley relay team of Michael Mooney ‘12, Boyd, Kevin Jung ‘11, and Zack Wahl ‘13, coming in fourth place in 1:35.52.
On the second day, the Dutchwomen fared similarly well, starting off the session with a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The team made up of Wright, Fugger, Young, and Ahern broke the school record, finishing with a time of 1:35.50. This time, and a later time trial in the event, qualified them for participation in the NCAA National Championships later this month. Union again stacked the 200 yard freestyle, with Young taking fourth, Fugger placing fifth, and Ashworth coming in seventh. Young’s time in this event was 1:56.54. Ending the day with a top finish, the 400 yard medley team of Bascom, Ahern, Marois, and Wright came in fourth, finishing with a time of 3:57.39.
The Dutchmen began day two with the 200 yard freestyle relay consisting of Alex Santelli ‘14, Mooney, Jung, and Wahl finishing sixth with a time of 1:27.02. David Sorenson ‘13 and Billy Breitweiser ‘12 turned in impressive finishes in the 400 IM by securing third and seventh place, with Sorenson finishing with a time of 4:14.71. Wahl had an exciting 100 yard butterfly, finishing second, just .24 seconds behind the first place time. Ian Drillinger ‘12 came in second on the one-meter diving board, achieving a score of 445.95.
On the third day, Ahern won the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.01, achieving an NCAA ‘B’ cut. The 800 yard freestyle relay team consisting of Fugger, Suzanne Foley ‘12, Ashworth, and Young smashed the school record by over two seconds, achieving a second place finish with a time of 7:47.35.
The men began the third session of finals with Wahl’s victory in the 200 yard butterfly, in1:52.64, securing him a NCAA ‘B’ cut. Brian Scarlett ‘11 came in third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.74. Boyd achieved a fourth place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 58:83.
The final session began for the women with a third place finish by Ashworth in the 1650 yard freestyle, clocking in at 17:39.86. Wright and Fugger finished fifth and seventh in the 100 yard freestyle, with Wright breaking her own school record with a time of 53.00. Ahern took second in the 200 yard breaststroke, achieving a NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:21.79. Union completed the meet with another second place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay, with the team of Wright, Fugger, Young, and Ahern finishing with a time of 3:32.64 and an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
On the men’s side, Adam Herzog ‘14 also swam to a third place finish in the 1650, achieving a time of 16:15.29 and a NCAA ‘B’ cut. Union dominated in the top heat of the 200 yard backstroke, with Scarlett taking third in 1:54.15, Mooney in fourth, and Tim Cameron ‘14 in eighth place. Boyd saw another fourth place finish in the 200 yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 2:09.73. Drillinger secured a sixth place finish on the three-meter diving board with a score of 444.00. The Dutchmen finished up the meet with a sixth place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay, completing the race with a time of 3:11.73. The team consisted of Zack Wahl, Jung, Mooney, and Scarlett.
Assistant Coach Katie Stefl commented on the final competition, saying it was, “a very impressive showing by all. We stepped up where we needed to step up, and had a great meet.” The UNYSCA concludes the teams’ regular championship season and ends an impressive era for the class of 2011. Union’s 200 freestyle relay team of Wright, Fugger, Young, and Ahern will continue to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee, from March 23 to 26, where Wright and Ahern will also swim individual events.