Swimming and Diving Sweeps Dual Meet with Canisius

2BUFFALO, NY – The men’s and women’s swim and dive programs picked up on Canisius’ success at the Koessler Athletic Center in downtown Buffalo, NY.

The women remain undefeated in doubles this season after taking the 199-101 win over the Golden Griffins, while the men started 2022 with a 167-121 defeat of Canisius.

Meet summary
Men’s summary
• The 200 men’s free relay men of Tanner Isaacs, Levi Morgan, Reid Tichy, Kevin Vuc defeated the Canisius quartet by less than a second to set the pole record of 1:26.46.
• The 200 medley men’s relay of Gio Germano, Isaacs, Vu and Tichy also won their event with a time of 1:37.20.
Nathan Dragon placed second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:20.99 and in the 500 free with a time of 4:57.82.
• Tichy was second in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.33 and first in the 100 free with a time of 47.41, followed by teammate Levi Morgan with a mark of 48.26.
• Germano won the 100 back in the men’s race, beating the competition by almost two seconds with a time of 53.44.
• Finley won three events that day, the 100 chest (1:00.00), 200 chest (2:12.48) and the 200 IM (2:01.65)
• Vu, Dragon and Levi Morgan took the top three places in the 50 free with times of 21.31, 21.54 and 21.57 respectively.
Benjamin Brkanovic and Noah Brooks secured the top two of the 200 back with 2:00.47 and 2:01.26.
• Diver John Furner took first place in the men’s 1-meter board with a score of 239.78, while also winning the 3-meter dive with a score of 243.83.

Summary ladies
• The women set five pole records at the Koessler Athletic Center, including two relay races.
• Started on Saturday with the 200 medley relay of Paige South, Kathryn Brady, Zoe Gavin, and Yvonne Shere set a time of 1:48.85 for the polar record.
• The 200 free relay of South, Wardner, Schere and Delaney Labue also set a pole record with a time of 1:38.25.
• Brady set the pool’s best 200 breaststroke time with a score of 2:27.51, while South set a 100 return time of 58.38 for the Koessler Athletic Center’s new best time.
Megan Smith finished second in the 100 back when she finished the event at 1:00.23.
• Wardner, who has set multiple programs and Oxy Aquatic Center records this season, set the Canisius pool record in 100 flies with a 2:27.51 finish. She also finished second in the 100 free with a time of 52.85.
Avery Sanquist, Maggie Marody, and Jill De Reyna went 1-2-3 in the 1000 free with times of 10:56.86, 11:01.01 and 11:30.23.
• Brady (1:08.45), Amanda Silva (1:08.65), and Kayla Kreager (1:10.52) took the top three in the 100 chest, the second event of the day for the Purple Eagles to take the top three.
• The women also took the first three places in the 200 fly as Zoe Gavin (2:12.91), Marody (2:13.72), and Allison Stoehr (2:23.26) dominated the competition.
• In the 500 free, Marody finished first with a time of 5:21.40, while Sanquist finished third with a time of 5:25.67.
• Smith, Brady and Kreger became the fourth Niagara trio to finish in the top three in their event, the 200 IM. Smith (2:11.58) defeated Brady (2:14.03) for first place and Kreger took third place with a time of 2:15.89.
• In the women’s dive of 1 meter, Sydney Sarkis came in second with a score of 227.33, followed by Maggie Hennebaul (196.43), Morgan McMahon (193.65 and Lexi Seelbach (165.00) in third through fifth. Chloe Noah finished seventh with a score of 134.48
• MacMahon was NOW’s best diver on the 3-meter board and achieved a score of 202.65 for third place. Sarkis finished fourth with a 2000.40, followed by Hennebaul (192.90), Seelbach (157.20) and Noah (133.50).

Comments from coaches
• “It was a complete team effort, from relay to relay and starting diving last night,” said head coach Eric Bugby. “Nobody made the difference. It took the 1-2-3 sweeps and fourth and fifth places to get away with the wins. It was our hardest week and month of the season as we were eliminated from our home pool in several places. on occasions, but this group, led by our captain’s conviction, knew they could bounce back. They did just that and then some.”

Next one
• The Purple Eagles return to the Oxy Aquatic Center for Senior Day against St. Bonaventure on Saturday, January 29. The Little Three rival’s double encounter starts at 1pm

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