Devils do well on Day 3

BUFFALO – The Fredonia State women’s swimming and diving team stands in fourth place after Day 3 of the four-day SUNYAC championship meet.

On Friday, Natalia Wilkins, a freshman, set a school record in the 400-yard individual medley during preliminaries, then reset the same record at night during finals. Her afternoon time of 4:40.14 smashed the previous mark of 4:49.89 set last year by senior teammate Courtney Schmidt. Wilkins then lowered her team mark with 4:37.91 during finals. She finished second overall in the event.

Freshman Sam Rokos briefly replaced another senior teammate on the record board. Rokos was timed in 1:57.30 in the finals of Group B in the 200 freestyle, good enough for second in that heat and 10th overall. Lizzie Lodinsky set the previous record at last year’s championships with a 1:58.19.

That record would be short lived. Emily Ginty topped it with a 1:56.95 in her leg of the 800 freestyle relay. The relay team finished fourth overall in a time of 7:53.11. Kristen Champoux, Rokos and Lodinsky also competed in that event.

The Devils had a trio of fifth-place finishes. In the 100 breast stroke, Stephanie Andrasek finished in a time of 1:07.91. In the 100 backstroke, Ginty touched in 1:00.04. The 200 medley relay team touched in 1:50.22. Ginty, Andrasek, Elizabeth Schake and Katie Donnelly competed in the relay.

Schake also finished seventh in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:00.14.

A pair of eighth-place finishes included Lodinsky in the 200 free (1:59.48) and Steph Rosa in the 100 backstroke (1:00.57).

In the men’s events, Andrew Case, a junior, set and then reset the Fredonia State men’s 400 individual medley record, one which stood for 27 years.

Case was timed in 4:16.40 during Friday’s preliminaries, then chopped off more time with a 4:16.11 time during finals Friday night. He finished sixth in the event.

The previous record was 4:16.53 set by Peter Fuerst in 1986.

John Estanislau broke his own 100 butterfly record during preliminaries?Friday afternoon, then rebroke it that night. His afternoon time of 51.26 seconds was .12 of one second faster than his previous record. He went 51.11 during finals and finished third.

The men’s 200 medley relay team set a new school record with a time of 1:35.79. Eric Jordan, Estanislau, Case and David Adamczak made up that group. The old mark was 1:37.15 set in 2009 by Derek Greiner, Mike Mitchell, Michael Seay, and Robert Sweeny.

A Fredonia State record was also set in the 200-freestyle relay during a time trial. The quartet of Estanislau, Adrian Van Hall, Adamczak and Case stopped the clock in 1:24.27. Sweeny, Case, Estanislau, and Adamczak touched out in 1:26.19 to set the previous record last year.

In the final event of the evening, the 800 freestyle relay, the Devils overtook the Geneseo squad at the wire to claim third place by three-tenths of a second. The quartet of Liam Jones, William Baker, Adamczak and Van Hall turned in a 7:06.02.

Jordan also turned in a solid effort in the 100 backstroke, finishing fourth in a time of 52.68 seconds.

The Fredonia State men currently sit in fourth place. The meet wraps up today.

Indoor Track & Field

Six performances in top eight among SUNYAC men

Fredonia State men have turned in top-eight performances in six individual events heading into the 2013 SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field championship meet today at the College of Brockport.

Carl Caughell is the highest seed – No. 3 in the 60-meter high hurdles – while Eric Williams earned two seeds according to the 2012-13 performance lists. Williams is No. 4 in the high hurdles and No. 6 in the 200.

The Blue Devils have two seeded men in the mile – Zakk Hess at No. 4 and Collin Mulcahy at No. 6.

The other top-eight performers are Kow Ephirim-Donkor, Spencer Lefort and Ben Goebel. Ephirim-Donkor is No. 4 in the 200, Lefort is No. 5 in the high jump, and Goebel tied for No. 6 in the pole vault.

In addition to the seeded men, head coach Tom Wilson anticipates strong meets from Jonmichael Knapp in the 400; Mulcahy in the 800; Hess, Pete Francia and Kyle Collins in the 3,000; Lefort in the 60 high hurdles; Tyler Gajewski (Dunkirk) in the pole vault; Alex Brennan in the triple jump; and Max Radley (Batavia) in the 35-pound weight throw.

In addition, Wilson has high hopes for the No. 3 ranked men’s distance medley relay.

The meet will be held in the College of Brockport’s Special Events Recreation Center, the first time since 1999 – when Plattsburgh was the host – that the meet has been held on a SUNYAC campus. The past 13 meets have been held in Geneva, N.Y., at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Field events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with the first running events set for 11 a.m.