Fredonia State swimmers have success at SUNYAC meet

BUFFALO – Fredonia State senior diver Ryan Fuller defended his SUNYAC 1-meter championship Thursday at the conference championship meet.

He posted a score of 511.80 points and was joined by Rafael Santiago on the podium. Santiago’s score of 451.35 earned him third place and a place on the NCAA zone qualifier list.

In the pool, Blue Devil men set three school records.

The night started with a second-place finish by the 200-yard freestyle relay with a finals time of 1:24.39. The time is a new school record, set by John Estanislau, Adrian Van Hall, Dave Adamczak, and Andrew Case.

Cortland won the event in a SUNYAC-record time of 1:22.89.

Estanislau set the next record, a 1:56.49 preliminary time in the 200 individual medley. He finished eighth in the final.

The men’s 200 medley relay closed out the night with the third record, 3:31.44, to finish fifth. The quartet consisted of Eric Jordan, Estanislau, Case, and Will Baker.

In other events, Van Hall was eighth in the 500 freestyle, Case was 11th in the 200 IM, Adamczak won the 50 consolation final, ninth overall while Will Baker was 14th in the same event.

The Blue Devils are fourth in the team standings with two full days of competition remaining at the Flickinger Center on the ECC-City campus.

Meanwhile, in women’s events, Fredonia State senior Sarah Ficarro set a conference 3-meter diving record Thursday. Ficarro posted an 11-dive score of 523.40 points as she defended her conference title and led the Blue Devils to a 1-2-3-5 finish.

Ashley Keller was second with 508.05 points, Katelyn Haley was third with 472.35 and Breena Cogliandro was fifth with 418.45. All four scores are NCAA zone qualifiers.

The divers accounted for 67 team points and moved the Blue Devils into third place at the end of the day with two full days of competition remaining. They have 165 team points and trail Geneseo and Cortland.

Two school records also fell in the pool Thursday.

The best performance by a swimmer was turned in by freshman Natalia Wilkins, a fourth-place finish of 2:11.14 – a new school record – in the 200 individual medley. Emily Ginty was seventh in 2:13.39.

In addition, the 400 medley relay team set a new team mark of 3:58.99. The quartet of Ginty, Stephanie Andrasek, Elizabeth Schake, and Sam Rokos finished third.

Earlier in the meet, Lizzie Lodinsky finished eighth in the 500 freestyle final with a time of 5:19.63 after Kristen Champoux won the 500 freestyle consolation final in 5:14.94, nearly four seconds faster than her preliminary time earlier in the day.

Also, Schake was 11th and Katie Donnelly 15th in the 50 freestyle while the 200 freestyle relay finished fifth to open the meet.