Blue Devils’ Nunn signs to play with ECHL’s Gwinett club

The Gwinnett Gladiators have signed defensemen Brad Nunn, a senior at Fredonia State.

A rookie defenseman, Nunn played four seasons with the Blue Devils prior to being signed by the Gladiators. In his sophomore season, Nunn collected seven points (three goals, four assists) and helped the team to the SUNYAC Championship game against SUNY Plattsburgh.

The Stony Brook, N.Y., native collected a total of 30 points (seven goals, 23 assists) in 102 career collegiate games during his four seasons with SUNY Fredonia. Nunn earned a career best 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in his junior season in 2011-12 with the Blue Devils.

Nunn also played four seasons of junior hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League from 2005-2008. He skated three seasons with New York Apple Core from 2005-2008 and appeared in 20 games with the Bay State Breakers in 2008-09. In his junior hockey career, Nunn collected 33 points (seven goals, 26 assists) in 139 games.

The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and are members of the ECHL, the Premier “AA” Hockey League and play all home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

Swimming & Diving

Ficarro, Keller qualify for NCAA diving championships

ITHACA – For the first time in program history, Fredonia State will send two women to the same NCAA Division III championship meet in the sport of springboard diving.

Six-time All-American Sarah Ficarro will be making her fourth and final NCAA appearance while junior Ashley Keller will be making her first appearance later this month at Shenandoah, Texas.

Both women punched their NCAA tickets Friday by finishing second and third, respectively, in the women’s 3-meter competition at Ithaca College, the site of one of four zone meets taking place this weekend.

Ficarro posted an 11-dive score of 532.10 points while Keller scored 504 points. Danica Roskos from The College of New Jersey finished first with 539.40 points.

In addition, junior Katelyn Haley finished eighth and junior Breena Cogliandro was 13th in a field of 15 divers. Their scores – 469.85 points by Haley, 423.35 points by Cogliandro – were personal-bests.

The zone diving championship are new to NCAA Division III this season. In prior years, divers earned entry into the national meet via a film review of their best scores during the regular season.

The new format features head-to-head competition at the four zone venues this weekend, and a formula which awards a specific number of qualifiers to each zone based on the number of entrants. The Ithaca Zone was awarded five picks, the top three women from the 3-meter and the next two best in the 1-meter Saturday, scheduled to begin at noon today.

Fredonia State has been represented at the NCAA meet by at least one diver – male or female – in each of the previous seven meets under the old format. In addition to Ficarro, Kelly Sponholz – a national champ in 2009 – has competed in women’s diving at the NCAA level.

Meanwhile, in the men’s meet, senior Ryan Fuller earned his first trip to the NCAA Division III championship meet by finishing second Friday in men’s 1-meter springboard event.

Fuller had an 11-dive score of 528.90 points – breaking his own school record in the event – to earn one of the two NCAA berths awarded at the meet.

Two more berths will be awarded Saturday following the men’s 3-meter competition, scheduled to begin at noon today.

Fredonia State freshman Rafael Santiago finished seventh Friday with 448.10 points. He is not entered in the 3-meter competition.

The first four finishers Friday were separated by 17 points. Ithaca College’s Matthew Morrison earned the other top spot with 535.45 points, followed by Fuller, John Tallgren of Rochester Institute of Technology with 525.95 and Ithaca’s Martin Brown with 518.25.

Fuller is coming off his second straight season of winning both SUNYAC men’s diving titles, yet his 2012 season was left on the cutting-room floor. Following a video review of his best scores, NCAA judges failed to invite Fuller to the national meet.

Fuller is the third Fredonia State men’s diver to qualify for the NCAA meet. Scott Horsington and Christian Torres were the previous two.