Dobson sets school breaststroke mark

BUFFALO – The Fredonia State women’s 100-yard breaststroke school record was broken Friday during preliminaries at the SUNYAC Swimming & Diving championship meet in the Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center.

Larissa Dobson, a senior, was third fastest during preliminaries with a 1:06.57 to break Stephanie Andrasek’s team record of 1:07.53 set at the 2012 SUNYAC meet.

Dobson swam 1:06.75 during Friday’s final to finish third in the event.

Fredonia State’s 200 medley relay of junior Stephanie Rosa, Dobson, junior Rachel Morgano and junior Ellie Brion finished fourth in Friday night’s final with a time of 1:50.10. The Blue Devils had the fifth-fastest qualifying time during the morning session.

In other individual swimming events, sophomore Sam Rokos finished sixth in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.22 after posting a qualifying time of 1:57.78 while Rosa finished fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.07.

Fredonia State finished fifth in the final event of the night, the 800 freestyle relay, as Rokos, Brion, senior Jenni Smith and senior Kristen Champoux combined for an 8:02.08

In women’s 1-meter diving preliminaries, seniors Ashley Keller and Katelyn Haley are 1-2 heading into tonight’s final. They scored 435.05 and 416.10 points, respectively, with their voluntary dives. In the fourth spot is junior Heather Colby with 398.05, while senior Breena Cogliandro also advanced to today’s final with 370.60 points, sixth-best during qualifying.

The Blue Devils head into today’s finale in fifth place.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Controversy mars

Day 2 for Devils

BUFFALO – Fredonia State fell to fourth place following the second full day of competition Friday at the SUNYAC Swimming & Diving championship meet. Their descent was marked by controversy.

The Blue Devils head into today’s finale with 313 points. They trail defending champ and odds-favorite Geneseo, which has 539 points, Cortland with 344 points, and Oneonta with 325 points.

On the up side, Blue Devil swimmers broke four more team records Friday – senior Andrew Case and freshman Adam Clouthier responsible for two each – after breaking three team records on Thursday.

Two team records fell during Friday morning preliminaries.

In the 200 freestyle, senior Adrian Van Hall broke a 27-year team mark when he touched out in 1:43.83, third fastest among the eight qualifiers. James Healy’s 1:43.85 team record stood since 1987. Van Hall came back at night with a 1:44.22 to finish third in the event.

In the 100 breaststroke, Clouthier trimmed a three-year team record with a qualifying time of :59.12 seconds, also third-best during preliminaries in the morning. The previous school record by Mike Mitchell was :59.55 seconds set in 2011. Clouthier then left no doubt with his Friday night swim – a third-place finish in a record-shattering :57.92 seconds.

The evening session began with a new team record in the 200 medley relay. Case, Clouthier, senior John Estanislau and senior Dave Adamczak finished third in 1:35.32 to eclipse the previous team mark of 1:35.79 set last year.

Case then broke his own school record in the 400 individual medley. He finished fourth in the event with a time of 4:15.95, better than his 4:16.11 last year. Case’s final time Friday was also two seconds faster than his preliminary time earlier in the day.

In the 100 backstroke, senior Eric Jordan picked up 16 team points with a third-place finish in :53.06 seconds.

The evening was not without disappointment. Before having a chance to swim the 100 butterfly, Estanislau was disqualified for making a false start. Fredonia State head coach Arthur Wang argued with the officials that an adjacent swimmer was not properly set on the starting block – resulting in an unusual delay in the starting gun – during which time Estanislau fell into the pool.

After a delay of nearly five minutes for officials to consult, and chants from the crowd of “Let him swim! Let him swim!”, Estanislau was removed from the race.

The disqualification resulted in a loss of 17 team points for the Blue Devils. It also resulted in sophomore Liam Jones getting moved up one spot into fifth place with a time of :52.71 seconds. Jones had the seventh fastest time during Friday’s qualifying.

More disappointment followed in the final event of the night – the 800 freestyle relay. The Blue Devil quartet of Estanislau, sophomore Will Baker, Jones and Van Hall cruised to an apparent two-second victory before officials issued another disqualification for what they called “a bad exchange.”

Officials on the deck ruled Baker’s toes had left the starting block before Estanislau’s hand touched the finish pad. This time, Wang used a video of the exchange to make his point. He also met with a rules committee who, he said, “Agreed that it was a good exchange, but said because the camera was not fixed, and the mistake was not the result of the timing system, there was no recourse” to overturn the disqualification.

The DQ was even more costly than before – it resulted in a loss of 40 team points.

“This,” Wang said, “was probably my most disappointing days ever as a coach. The kids are just beat up.”

Men’s 3-meter diving preliminaries were also held Friday afternoon. Fredonia State freshmen Arron Carlson and Jeff Matter scored 492.95 points and 490.65 points, respectively, following voluntaries, second and third best in the field. In addition, sophomore Rafael Santiago was sixth with 433.90, and freshman Jake Storms ninth with 384.95. Consolation finals are today and championship finals tonight.

Men’s Hockey

Devils fall to

Brockport, 4-1

BROCKPORT – Fredonia State gave up three first-period goals and never recovered Friday in a 4-1 SUNYAC road loss to the Brockport Golden Eagles.

Senior captain Alex Perkins scored the lone Fredonia State goal early in the third period.

Despite the loss, the Blue Devils (7-11-6 overall, 4-5-6 SUNYAC) officially clinched a SUNYAC Tournament playoff spot as a result of losses by Potsdam and Cortland.

Brockport also clinched a playoff berth and took over the No. 5 seed in the six-team tournament bracket while Fredonia State dropped to No. 6.

Goals by Chris Luker and Jonathan Demme in a span of 45 seconds put the Blue Devils on their heels midway through the first period. A power-play goal by Jesse Facchini put Brockport up 3-0 later in the period.

Chris Cangro added to the Brockport lead with the only goal of the second period.

Perkins scored his sixth goal of the season 50 seconds into the third period, assisted by freshman Hunter Long.

The Blue Devils were outshot 27-17.

Fredonia State closes its regular season today at Geneseo.

Women’s Basketball

Devils drop

road contest

PLATTSBURGH?- The Fredonia State women’s basketball team dropped a 69-60 game at Plattsburgh Friday night.

Jaimie Warren led the way for the Blue Devils recording her eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Becky Hebert added 19 points.

Kathleen Payne for Plattsburgh, who trails only Hebert in the SUNYAC scoring race, dropped 24 on the night.

Plattsburgh went into the half with a 33-26 lead. The Cardinals led by as many as 17 in the second half.

Turnovers proved to be costly for the Devils who recorded 21 compared to Plattsburgh’s 13. The rebound battle favored Plattsburgh as well, 50-41.

The SUNYAC-tournament-bound Blue Devils (9-8 SUNYAC, 14-9 overall) will be able to determine their first round opponent after tomorrow night’s regular-season finale.

They wrap up the regular season today at Potsdam (4-13, 6-18). Tip-off slated for 2 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

Plattsburgh drops Devils

PLATTSBURGH – The Fredonia State men’s basketball team lost to Plattsburgh Friday night by a score of 87-63. The loss drops them to 3-14 in the SUNYAC and 6-18 overall.

Robert Lyles led the way for the Blue Devils with 20 points. Tyrone Clark , put up 16 to go along with eight rebounds.

Edward Correa was the leading point scorer for the Cardinals with 26. John Perez controlled the boards grabbing 14 rebounds.

The Devils kept things close in the first half, never trailing by more than eighth points. Plattsburgh (20-4, 14-3 SUNYAC) took a 42-34 lead into the break.

The Blue Devils will wrap up their regular season today in Potsdam (2-14, 4-19). Tip-off set for 4 p.m.