BUFFALO - Fredonia State women took the top four spots in 3-meter springboard diving during Thursday's session of the SUNYAC Swimming & Diving championship meet.
Ashley Keller had a winning score of 486.85 points, followed by fellow senior Katelyn Haley with 470.90, junior Heather Colby with 443.10 and senior Breena Cogliandro with 418.55.
Those four, plus freshman Samantha Kowalewski, who was ninth, accounted for 77 of the Blue Devils' 136 points, good for fourth place with two days of competition remaining.
Fredonia State's best performance in swimming events was a fifth-place finish in the meet's opening event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of junior Rachel Morgano, junior Ellie Brion, senior Jenni Smith and sophomore Sam Rokos combined for 1:38.95. The old record of 1:39.00 was set at the 2012 SUNYAC meet.
Men's Swimming &?Diving
Men's team takes
second after Day 1
BUFFALO - Two school swimming records fell Thursday during Day 1 of the 2014 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving championship meet at the Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center.
Both records led to SUNYAC titles, first for the 200-yard freestyle relay team, and later for senior John Estanislau in the 50 freestyle.
The 400 medley relay ended Day 1 with 195 points. They are in second place. Leader Geneseo has 226 points.
Estanislau swam the opening leg of the 200 relay in 20.83 seconds, a new school record for the distance and below the NCAA "B" cut to qualify for the national meet next month.
He and fellow seniors Andrew Case, Dave Adamczak and Adrian Van Hall had a qualifying time of 1:24.49, then swam a final time of 1:23.40 - :1.65 seconds faster than Geneseo's second-place quartet and faster than their own previous school record of 1:24.27 at the SUNYAC meet last year.
Estanislau's individual 50 freestyle time during Thursday's preliminaries was 20.89 seconds, faster than his previous-best of 21.19 seconds two years ago at the SUNYAC meet. He won the event during the evening session with a time of 20.98 seconds.
Adamczak finished fourth in the 50 final after posting the sixth-fastest qualifying time earlier in the day. His final time of 21.52 seconds was .78 of one second faster than his previous personal-best.
The versatile Van Hall, in addition to his 50 anchor leg on the winning 200 free relay, stretched out later Thursday to finish sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.
Swimming in his first SUNYAC championship meet, freshman Troy Lubanski took fourth in the 200 individual medley. His finals time was 1:58.63 following a 1:57.85 during preliminaries.
Lubanski was also part of the Blue Devils' fifth-place 400 medley relay, which set a new school record of 3:30.38 - just over one second faster than the previous record set last year. He was joined by senior Eric Jordan, freshman Adam Clouthier and sophomore Liam Jones.
Another freshman, Jeff Matter finished second in 1-meter springboard diving with 499.65 points for 11 dives - 1.4 points behind Buffalo State's Alec Fleet. Blue Devil sophomore Rafael Santiago finished fifth with 457.70 points.
Playoff implications on the line for Fredonia State this weekend
Fredonia State heads into the final weekend of the men's hockey season needing one point to claim a SUNYAC playoff berth.
The Blue Devils visit Brockport today. The Golden Eagles are on the SUNYAC playoff bubble, too.
"(Today) is another in a long line of big games," Fredonia State head coach Jeff Meredith said. "As the season comes to a close, the implications to the playoff race are certainly huge."
The Blue Devils have 13 points, the Golden Eagles 11 points, and the Potsdam Bears 10 points with two games left for each. Only the Blue Devils can still catch Buffalo State, which has 16 points and in fourth place, while Cortland, with eight points, needs to win twice and get help.
The top six teams make the conference tournament.
"We feel we are playing pretty good hockey this time of year and are really looking forward to getting down to Brockport and playing," Meredith said. "I think both teams come into the game with momentum and are evenly matched."
The Blue Devils and Golden Eagles played to a 3-3 tie at Steele Hall earlier this season.
Fredonia State closes its regular season Saturday night by visiting Geneseo.