Devil diving dominance dates back to ‘06 meet

Fredonia added to its list of SUNYAC diving champions with four more titles last month.

The springboard sweeps by seniors Meghan Bartlett and Arron Carlson marked the third time in the last six years Blue Devil divers have won all four SUNYAC titles. It also set the stage for NCAA Regional performances that earned both return trips to the national meet next weekend in Shenendoah, Texas.

Bartlett is entered in the 3-meter on Wednesday and the 1-meter Friday. Carlson will compete in the 1-meter on Thursday and the 3-meter on Saturday. Tentative start times for all preliminaries are 1 p.m. Eastern time each day. Finals are set for 9 o’clock each night. Live coverage links will be available on this website.

Both Fredonia divers were runner-ups at the 2016 NCAA meet, each in their respective 1-meter competitions. Bartlett was also third in the women’s 3-meter and Carlson fifth in the men’s 3-meter.

To qualify for the national meet, Carlson won both regional boards while Bartlett was first in the 1-meter and second in the 3-meter at Ithaca College on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25.

Bartlett and Carlson were each named SUNYAC Diver of the Meet in their respective genders — another award that Fredonians have dominated — while Blue Devil diving coach Ryan Fuller, himself a past conference champ, was named SUNYAC Diving’s Co-Coach of the Year.

The unprecedented spring of success began in 2006 with Kelly Sponholz, who won both boards as a freshmen and went 8 for 8 over four years. She also won a 2009 NCAA title — the only Fredonia diver, male or female, to stand atop the championship podium.

Including that 2006 meet, Fredonia divers have won 32 of 48 SUNYAC diving titles.

Softball

Dennis homers twice,

Yudin goes the distance

CLERMONT, Fla. — Katelyn Dennis hit three-run homers in each game Sunday as Fredonia split a pair of games at The Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.

The Blue Devils (6-4) defeated Framingham State, 7-1, after losing to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 8-4, at Hancock Park. Freshman righthander Katie Yudin pitched a complete-game eight-hitter in the nightcap.

Dennis’s second homer of the day capped a six-run sixth-inning which broke a 1-1 tie vs. Framingham. Nikki Lent had a two-run single during the uprising. Khee Nance (Dunkirk) also had two hits.

Down 1-0, the Blue Devils scored their first run with alert baserunning. Nance drew a lead-off walk. After two flys to center, Yudin beat out an infield single with Nance advancing from first to third. Yudin then creeped into second and when Framingham State threw to second, Nance raced home with the tying run.

Mallory Mecca singled to left and Sarah Cuillo beat out a bunt to open the Fredonia sixth. After a walk loaded the bases, Fredonia took the lead, 2-1, on an illegal pitch. Lent then singled through the middle to drive in two runs. Nance dropped a bunt single ahead of the three-run homer by Dennis to straightaway center.

Yudin pitched a scoreless seventh to improve to 3-1 on the season.

In Fredonia’s 8-4 loss to RPI, the Engineers broke open a 2-2 game with six runs in the fourth of Game 1. Fredonia pitchers issued five walks in the inning and all of them scored.

The Blue Devils got two runs back in the fifth on a two-run homer to straight-away center by Dennis, her first of the season. Earlier, Erin Mushtare had an RBI single in the first inning and Madison Cooley had an RBI single in the second to give Fredonia a 2-1 lead. The Blue Devils wasted a scoring chance in the third when Nance was stranded after a lead-off triple.

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