December 2, 2012


Ithaca, N.Y. – Freshman Tara O'Donnell (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem) won the 200-yard backstroke to lead the Le Moyne College women's swimming and diving team at the three-day, 11-team Ithaca College Invitational at the Ithaca Athletics & Events Center Aquatics Pavilion. The men's team was led at the invitational by freshman diver Josh Byrne (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee).

O'Donnell earned 85 of Le Moyne's 307 points over the weekend by turning in three top-five performances. She opened the invitational on Friday night by placing fifth in the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:09.10 to earn 25 points. On Saturday morning, she turned in a second-place finish and earned 28 points in the 100-yard butterfly with an NCAA "B" cut time of 57.75 seconds, just 0.55 seconds behind first place. O'Donnell closed out the invitational on Sunday by winning the 200-yard backstroke in a pool record and NCAA "B" cut time of 2:03.24. The previous pool-record time of 2:03.44 was set by O'Donnell's older sister Katie '12 at last year's Ithaca College Invitational.

Junior Allie Scorzelli (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) earned the Dolphins 15 points by placing in the top-20 in a pair of events. On Saturday morning, she turned in a 17th-place performance in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:55.08, her fastest time of the year by over eight seconds. Scorzelli then placed 19th in the 200-yard butterfly in a season-best 2:23.32 on Saturday night. Senior Kristina Schmitt (Alden, N.Y./Nardin Academy) recorded 13 points in the two diving events. She posted an 18th-place finish in the three-meter diving event with a career-best 285.45 points. She then recorded a career-high score of 246.00 off the one-meter board to earn six points for the Dolphins. Senior Jacqueline Daly (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush) placed 17th in the 100-yard backstroke in a season-best 1:02.99 to earn nine points, while placing 23rd in the 200-yard backstroke in a season-best 2:18.19 to earn two points. Sophomore Kerry Steve (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) registered an 18th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 19:30.61 to record seven points.

Byrne, named the Northeast-10 Conference diver of the week twice this season, earned 46 of Le Moyne's 353 points. On Friday night, he recorded a score of 423.70 to place sixth in the one-meter diving event to earn 24 points. He then finished eighth with a season-best score of 414.25 off the three-meter board to register 22 points on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Ben Verdi (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's) picked up 37 points on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday morning, he touched the wall in 20th place in the 400-yard IM with a season-best time of 4:32.87 for five points. He then earned 16 points on Saturday night by placing 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.29, his fastest time of the year by 1.38 seconds. Verdi closed out the invitational with an 11th-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:16.66, his best time in the event by 3.14 seconds. Senior Scott Thieke (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) placed in three individual events to earn 26 points. He opened Friday's competition by placing 22nd in the 500-yard freestyle in a season-best 4:56.63 to earn three points. In the 400-yard IM on Saturday morning, he finished 16th with a season-best time of 4:27.13 to pick up 11 points, while he registered a time of 17:27.62 in the 1,650-yard freestyle on Sunday morning to place 15th and earn 12 points. Freshman Daniel Tarbrake (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga College High) turned in Le Moyne's top finish by placing ninth in the 100-yard butterfly to earn 20 points with a time of 53.00 seconds, his fastest time of the season by 1.60 seconds. Junior Connor Agen (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) earned 15 points in the 1,650-yard freestyle by placing 12th in 17:12.75. Junior Tyler Olson (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) and freshman Chris Mosconi (Gloversville, N.Y./Gloversville) each placed in a pair of events. Olson earned nine points by placing 18th in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.15 seconds for seven points and 23rd in the 100-yard in a season-best 49.11 seconds for two points. Mosconi tallied seven points by finishing 22nd in the 100-yard backstroke in a season-best 56.25 seconds for three points and 21st in the 200-yard backstroke in a season-best 2:05.47 for four points. Sophomore Ricky Divaccaro (Woodstown, N.J./Woodstown) earned three points by placing 22nd in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.28 seconds, his fastest time of the year by 0.71 seconds.

The Dolphins return to the pool on Sunday, January 13th at Northeast-10 Conference foe Saint Michael's at 1:00 p.m.


Women's Team Results

1. Cornell 1648, 2. Colgate 1149.5, 3. Geneseo 830.5, 4. Ithaca 713, 5. Springfield 686, 6. Hartwick 650, 7. Nazareth 640, 8. Shippensburg 618, 9. Cortland 450, 10. Le Moyne 307, 11. Alfred 275.

Women's Individual Winners
500 Yard Freestyle – Morgan Cohara (Colgate) 5:02.24, 200 Yard IM – Anne Drummond (Cornell) 2:05.44, 50 Yard Freestyle – Jenna Immormino (Cornell) 23.11, 200 Yard Medley Relay – Cornell (Victoria Kuhn, Jessie Holley, Jennifer Zhang, Jenna Immormino) 1:45.32, 3 Meter Dive – Bianca Ferguson-Herlitz (Cornell) 456.45, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Cornell (Allison Guba, Jenna Immormino, Jessie Holley, Laly Vandenberghe) 1:36.28, 400 Yard IM – Anne Drummond (Cornell) 4:24.38, 100 Yard Butterfly – Jenna Immormino (Cornell) 57.20, 200 Yard Freestyle – Lindsey Sagasta (Colgate) 1:53.95, 400 Yard Medley Relay – Cornell (Victoria Kuhn, Kimberly Jerome, Jennifer Zhang, Jenna Immormino) 3:52.75, 1 Meter Dive – Jennifer Thompson (Springfield) 446.40, 200 Yard Butterfly – Ryan Marynowski (Colgate) 2:06.64, 100 Yard Backstroke – Victoria Kuhn (Cornell) 57.74, 100 Yard Breaststroke – Jessie Holley (Cornell) 1:03.45, 800 Yard Freestyle Relay – Colgate (Morgan Cohara, Lia Kunnapas, Emma Santoro, Lindsey Sagasta) 7:37.74, 1650 Yard Freestyle – Sarah Schlichte (Cornell) 17:24.29, 100 Yard Freestyle – Kellie Pennington (Springfield) 50.76, 200 Yard Backstroke – Tara O'Donnell (Le Moyne) 2:03.24 (Pool Record & NCAA "B"), 200 Yard Breaststroke – Anne Drummond (Cornell) 2:18.10, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Shippensburg (Rikki Sargent, Julie Brown, Carolyn Meier, Julia Brownrigg) 3:31.04.

Men's Team Results

1. Cornell 1837.5, 2. Ithaca 1080.5, 3. Hartwick 905, 4. Springfield 835, 5. Shippensburg 642, 6. Geneseo 617, 7. Cortland 524.5, 8. Nazareth 431, 9. Le Moyne 353, 10. Colgate 347, 11. Alfred 303.5.

Men's Individual Winners
500 Yard Freestyle – George Schnaars (Cornell) 4:33.51, 200 Yard IM – Eric May (Cornell) 1:51.48, 50 Yard Freestyle – Zachary Kundel (Ithaca) 21.23, 200 Yard Medley Relay – Cornell (William Mendelson, Eric May, Henry Scott, Christopher Myers) 1:32.59, 1 Meter Dive – Phillip Truong (Cornell) 481.50, 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – Ithaca (Peter Knight, Jacob Robbins, Adam Zelehowsky, Zachary Kundel) 1:24.25, 400 Yard IM – Michael Reynolds (Cornell) 4:02.06, 100 Yard Butterfly – Austin Taylor (Cornell) 50.83, 200 Yard Freestyle – Henry Scott (Cornell) 1:41.11, 400 Yard Medley Relay – Cornell (William Mendelson, Victor Luo, Taylor Wilson, Harry Harpham) 3:25.04, 3 Meter Dive – Phillip Truong (Cornell) 561.75, 200 Yard Butterfly – Harry Harpham (Cornell) 1:50.68, 100 Yard Backstroke – William Mendelson (Cornell) 51.25, 100 Yard Breaststroke – Eric May (Cornell) 56.99, 800 Yard Freestyle Relay – Cornell (Harry Harpham, Henry Scott, Taylor Wilson, Eric May) 6:46.48, 1650 Yard Freestyle – Taylor Wilson (Cornell) 15:56.11, 100 Yard Freestyle – Lydon Schultz (Hartwick) 45.86, 200 Yard Backstroke – Benjamin Catanese (Cornell) 1:52.22, 200 Yard Breaststroke – Eric May (Cornell) 2:06.37, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Cornell (Harry Harpham, William Middleton, Taylor Adams, Taylor Wilson) 3:06.28.