January 20, 2013

SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAMS WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON ON "SENIOR DAY" AGAINST SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE

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Swimming & Diving vs. Southern Connecticut State - 1/20/13



Syracuse, N.Y. – Four Dolphins won two events each, but the Le Moyne College men's swimming and diving team was edged by Southern Connecticut State University, 146-132, on Sunday afternoon at the Rev. Vincent B. Ryan, S.J. Pool. On the women's side, the Owls topped the Dolphins, 152-122.

Senior Scott Thieke (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt), competing at home for the final time, picked up Le Moyne's first win of the day by touching the wall first in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a career-best 10:20.88. He then won the 200-yard backstroke with a career-best time of 2:01.95. Freshman Ben Verdi (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's) registered season-best times to win both of the breaststroke events. He recorded a time of 1:00.63 to win the 100-yard breaststroke and then posted a time of 2:13.10 in the 200-yard event. Junior Tyler Olson (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) won the 50-yard freestyle by 0.16 seconds with a season-best time of 22.11 seconds, while topping the field in the 100-yard freestyle in a career-best 48.33 seconds. Freshman Josh Byrne (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) completed the dual-meet schedule 11-0 by winning both diving events. He posted 189.60 points to win the first event, while recording 260.50 to earn the win in the second diving event.

On the women's side, the Dolphins won four individual events and a relay. Freshman Tara O'Donnell (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem) picked up Le Moyne's first victory by winning the 100-yard freestyle in 55.52 seconds. Four events later, junior Sarah Connelly (Peru, N.Y./Peru) touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:10.63. Senior Kristina Schmitt (Alden, N.Y./Nardin Academy) then picked up Le Moyne's third victory of the meet by posting a score of 177.40 points in the second one-meter diving event. Junior Allie Scorzelli (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) topped the field in the 200-yard IM in 2:22.11 to complete Le Moyne's individual wins. The quartet of freshman Katelyn Votapka (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley), O'Donnell, sophomore Kerry Steve (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) and senior Maureen Donovan (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) closed out the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle in 3:57.69.

The Dolphins, who honored the senior class of Thieke, Schmitt, Donovan, Jacqueline Daly (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush) and Julia Jones (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) prior to the meet, returns to action at the three-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship, hosted by Southern Connecticut State, on Thursday, January 31.

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Men's Team Results
Southern Connecticut State 146, Le Moyne 132

Men's Individual Results
400 Yard Medley Relay – Southern Connecticut State (Oscar Castillo, Jimmy Zummo, Raymond Cswerko, Louis Geist) 3:37.87, 1000 Yard Freestyle – Scott Thieke (Le Moyne) 10:20.88, 200 Yard Freestyle – Joseph Polaco (Southern Connecticut State) 1:49.62, 100 Yard Backstroke – Raymond Cswerko (Southern Connecticut State) 52.85, 100 Yard Breaststroke – Ben Verdi (Le Moyne) 1:00.63, 200 Yard Butterfly – Louis Geist (Southern Connecticut State) 2:03.86, 50 Yard Freestyle – Tyler Olson (Le Moyne) 22.11, 1 Meter Dive – Josh Byrne (Le Moyne) 189.60, 100 Yard Freestyle – Tyler Olson (Le Moyne) 48.33, 200 Yard Backstroke – Scott Thieke (Le Moyne) 2:01.95, 200 Yard Breaststroke – Ben Verdi (Le Moyne) 2:13.10, 500 Yard Freestyle – Dan Gallup (Southern Connecticut State) 5:01.12, 100 Yard Butterfly – Raymond Cswerko (Southern Connecticut State) 51.78, 1 Meter Dive – Josh Byrne (Le Moyne) 260.50, 200 Yard IM – Louis Geist (Southern Connecticut State) 2:00.56, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Southern Connecticut State (Jared Thurston, Dan Elliot, Joseph Polaco, Raymond Cswerko) 3:16.01.

Women's Team Results
Southern Connecticut State 152, Le Moyne 122

Women's Individual Results
400 Yard Medley Relay – Southern Connecticut State (Rachel Smolensky, Elizabeth Hess, Hannah Olson, Nicole Caron) 4:12.95, 1000 Yard Freestyle – Amber Bjerke (Southern Connecticut State) 11:26.53, 200 Yard Freestyle – Amanda Thomas (Southern Connecticut State) 1:58.11, 100 Yard Backstroke – Christine Katrenya (Southern Connecticut State) 1:04.03, 100 Yard Breaststroke – Amanda Thomas (Southern Connecticut State) 1:07.30,
200 Yard Butterfly –
Courtney Silva (Southern Connecticut State) 2:18.37, 50 Yard Freestyle – Anna Pleban (Southern Connecticut State) 25.08, 1 Meter Dive – Jessica Renzo (Southern Connecticut State) 153.75, 100 Yard Freestyle – Tara O'Donnell (Le Moyne) 55.52, 200 Yard Backstroke – Nicole Caron (Southern Connecticut State) 2:20.82, 200 Yard Breaststroke – Amanda Thomas (Southern Connecticut State) 2:27.38, 500 Yard Freestyle – Kristen Schmid (Southern Connecticut State) 5:33.85, 100 Yard Butterfly – Sarah Connelly (Le Moyne) 1:10.63, 1 Meter Dive – Kristina Schmitt (Le Moyne) 177.40, 200 Yard IM – Allie Scorzelli (Le Moyne) 2:22.11, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – Le Moyne (Katelyn Votapka, Tara O'Donnell, Kerry Steve, Maureen Donovan) 3:57.69.