November 11, 2012

MEN SWIM PAST PACE, WOMEN TIE PACE AND FALL TO ASSUMPTION

Syracuse, N.Y. – Three freshmen won two events each to lead the Le Moyne College men's swimming and diving team to a 166-119 win over Pace University on Sunday afternoon at the Rev. Vincent B. Ryan, S.J. Pool. The women tied with Pace, 144-144, while falling to Assumption College, 193-93.

On the men's side, freshman Josh Byrne (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) won both diving events for the second straight week. He captured the first one-meter event with 170.10 points and then was victorious in the second event with a school-record and NCAA-qualifying score of 305.60 points. Byrne, the reigning Northeast-10 Conference Rookie and Diver of the Week, posted the previous top score, 298.15, last Saturday at Bentley. His score of 475.70 points over his 11 dives are also a school record, eclipsing the mark of 453.00 points set by Josh Ruger in 2001. Freshman Chris Mosconi (Gloversville, N.Y./Gloversville) swept the two backstroke events. He won the 100-yard backstroke in 58.18 seconds, while touching the wall first in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:10.32. Classmate Daniel Tarbrake (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga College High) was Le Moyne's third double winner. He topped the field first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.99 seconds, while posting a time of 4:33.50 to win the 400-yard IM. Freshman Sean McVeigh (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Chaminade) picked up Le Moyne's first individual victory of the day by touching the wall first in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:58.54. The quartet of sophomores Ricky Divaccaro (Woodstown, N.J./Woodstown) and Tim Taylor () and freshmen Zarian Cleare (Nassau, Bahamas/Queen's College HS) and Craig Carey (Belle Harbor, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) combined to win the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:41.88. Cleare later went on to win the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.56, while Carey won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.91.

On the women's side, the Dolphins were led by freshman Tara O'Donnell (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem). She registered her first victory of the meet with a time of 1:00.13 in the 100-yard backstroke. O'Donnell, last week's Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week, then touched the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle in 55.07 seconds. Seniors Maureen Donovan (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego), Jacqueline Daly (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush) and Julia Jones (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and junior Allie Scorzelli (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) teamed to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:48.88. Junior Sarah Connelly (Peru, N.Y./Peru) registered a pair of second-place finishes in the breaststroke events with a time of 1:11.53 in the 100-yard event and a time of 2:34.24 in the 200-yard. Jones placed second in the 100-yard butterfly in 59.55 seconds.

The Dolphins return to the pool on Saturday against The College of Saint Rose at 1:00 p.m. The meet will decide the seventh and eighth points of the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the two institutions, which is currently tied 3-3.