Men 4th, women 3rd at SUNYAC Championships

Special to the OBSERVER

BUFFALO – On the final day of competition at the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving Championships, the Devils saw senior Ryan Fuller win the 3-meter diving and juniors John Estanislau and Eric Jordan set new school records. The 400-yard freestyle relay team also set a new mark.

Fuller totaled 513.30 to take the 3-meter board. Earlier in the week, he captured the 1-meter title. Fuller was named the Male Diver of the Meet for his efforts.

Estanislau set the new Blue Devil mark in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.35 in the preliminaries. He turned in a time of 46.77 in the finals and finished second overall.

Eric Jordan finished eighth in the 200 backstroke. He swam a 1:56.52 in the preliminaries – good enough for a school record – and 1:56.77 in the finals.

In the relay, Estanislau, William Baker, Adrian Van Hall and David Adamczak finished in a Blue Devil record best time of 3:08.07.

The Devils finished fourth overall.

On the women’s side, junior Ashley Keller walked away with a new meet, school and conference mark off the 1-meter board and earned her first SUNYAC Diver of the Meet award Saturday.

In addition, four Blue Devils placed in the top five off the 1-meter board, Emily Ginty set a new school record in the 200 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay team record also fell.

Keller finished with a score of 485.35, and was followed by Sarah Ficarro (460.90) in second place, Katelyn Haley (429.35) in third place, and Breena Cogliandro (416.05) in fifth.

The previous 1-meter records were all held by former Blue Devil and national champion Kelly Sponholz.

Ginty finished third in the backstroke in a time of 2:06.47, good enough for an NCAA B cut and a team record. It was the first time in her career she earned NCAA consideration. Teammate Steph Rosa finished sixth in the same event in a time of 2:10.20.

The 400 free relay team set their new school mark in a time of 3:35.44. Ginty, Sam Rokos, Katie Donnelly and Elizabeth Schake comprised the quartet,

The Devils had three other top-eight finishes.

Stephanie Andrasek and Natalia Wilkins finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke. Lizzie Lodinsky was fifth in the 1,650 freestyle.

Indoor Track & Field

Three hurdlers stand on SUNYAC podium

BROCKPORT – Fredonia State finished 2-3-4 in the men’s 60-meter hurdles at the SUNYAC track and field meet Saturday.

The Blue Devils finished sixth in the team standings.

The threesome on the 60-meter high hurdles represented the day’s highlight. Carl Caughell finished second in a time of 8.44 seconds, followed by Eric Williams in 8.61 seconds, and Spencer Lefort in 8.64 seconds.

In other running events, Zakk Hess was third and Collin Mulcahy seventh in the mile with personal-best times of 4:16.36 and 4:18.29, respectively. Both are under the ECAC qualifying standard.

Kow Ephirim-Donkor advanced through 60 dash preliminaries in 7.11 seconds and finished sixth in the finals in 7.15 seconds.

In the 3,000, Kyle Collins finished sixth with a personal-best 8:51.

In field events, Lefort was Fredonia State’s top performer in field events. He finished third in the high jump by clearing 1.93 meters.

Ben Goebel cleared 4.10 meters (13-5) in the pole vault to finish sixth.

Meanwhile, the women finished seventh in the team standings.

Niki Desens had the best individual placement with a second-place finish in the shot put. Her best throw was her first of six attempts – 12.17 meters.

Kathleen Goodberlet was eighth in the event at 10.73 meters .

In other field events, Goodberlet and Desens were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the women’s 20-pound weight throw. They had throws of 14.06 meters and 13.62 meters, respectively.

Emily Cummiskey finished third in the triple jump (10.89 meters) and fifth in the long jump (5.28 meters).

Kelci Yousett tied for fifth in the pole vault (3.15 meters) and eighth in the triple jump (10.55 meters. Just ahead of her in the triple jump, finishing seventh, was Meghan Devine (10.59 meters).

In running events, Kim Foltz was eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:21.70 while Leslie Beaton finished ninth in 2:22.39. Both times were personal bests and ECAC qualifiers.

In addition, Foltz moved into the No. 2 spot on the Fredonia State list of top 10 performances in the 800 indoors.

The Blue Devils earned their first running points of the day when Anna Hourihan, seeded 11th, finished eighth in the 5,000 with a personal-best and ECAC qualifying time of 18:37.

Anna Dambacher earned four points in the 200 with a fifth-place finish of 26.24 seconds.

Next up for the Blue Devils is the final scheduled meet of the indoor season, the ECAC championships, next Friday and Saturday at the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in New York City.