FSU?men, women ready for start of SUNYAC?meet

The Fredonia State men’s swimming and diving team will be competing in the State University of New York (SUNYAC) Championships beginning this Thursday at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo. Head coach Arthur Wang has big expectations for this year’s squad. The Blue Devils finished fourth a year ago and have returned the core of the team. In addition, they have put up the best times in the conference in several events throughout the season. Wang envisions his team finishing in the top two.

“Certain things have to go our way,” said Wang, “but I feel that we’ve trained harder than most teams and will see larger drops in our times (this weekend).”

The team is led by tri-captains are David Adamczak, John Estanislau and Adrian Van Hall. In addition to those three, Charley Arrigo, Andrew Case, Eric Jordan and Cory King are four-year team members.

Estanislau earned Second Team All SUNYAC honors in 2013 for finishing second in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly. This season, he holds the best time in the conference in the 50 freestyle (21.37 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (47.13).

He is also listed as No. 2 on the pre-meet psyche sheet in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle.

Estanislau has also factored into the success of a number of relays. Fredonia State has turned in the top SUNYAC times in the 200 freestyle (1:26.14), 400 freestyle (3:09.88), 800 freestyle (7:10.97) and 400 medley relay.

“I would love for our seniors to have the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis,” said Wang. He expects Estanislau to compete for a spot at nationals in the sprints, and “any relay he swims in has an opportunity to get to NCAA’s.”

Another strong performer is freshman Adam Clouthier. He turned in the second-best time in the 200 breast stroke this season.

Three divers had already qualified for the NCAA zone meet – Arron Carlson, Jeff Matter and Rafael Santiago – and they are expected to give the Devils a boost in the team score. Fredonia State has claimed the Male Diver of the Meet in three of the past four seasons.

If the Devils are to challenge for a SUNYAC title, Wang says “It will take a very big effort top to bottom.”

The meet kicks off with the 200 freestyle relay prelims Thursday morning.

Notes: A Live Results link will be posted on fredoniabluedevils.com once the link becomes available … live results will also be available on the MeetMoblie App.

On the women’s side, Fredonia State women’s swimming and diving team finished third a year ago and lost six solid seniors to graduation. However, Wang feels this team can repeat last year’s finish.

The strength of the squad is the divers. For the past eight years, a Fredonia State athlete has earned the Female Diver of the Meet award. Entering Thursday’s action, last year’s winner, Ashley Keller, is the No. 1 seed off both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Katelyn Haley bolsters the lineup as the second seed on the 3-meter board and the third seed on the 1-meter board.

This year’s team may not have the top seeds as last year’s, but is very consistent across the board.

Wang points to a trio of swimmers he expects will score well for the Devils.

Larissa Dobson is the second seed in the 200 breast stroke and the fifth seed in the 100 breast stroke.

Stephanie Rosa has had a strong showing in the backstroke. She is ranked fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100.

Sam Rokos is in the top eight in three events, all freestyles. She is fourth in the 200, seventh in the 100 and eighth in the 500.

The meet kicks off with the 200 freestyle relay prelims Thursday morning.