February 2, 2013

MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM PLACES THIRD AT NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP, WOMEN PLACE FIFTH

New Haven, Conn. – Freshman Daniel Tarbrake (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga College High) won both butterfly events to lead the Le Moyne College men's swimming and diving team to a third place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships hosted by Southern Connecticut State University at the Hutchinson Natatorium from Thursday to Saturday. The women's team turned in a fifth-place finish.

In the men's team competition, Le Moyne registered 621 points to place third, one spot ahead of the last two years and its highest finish since the 2008-09 season. Southern Connecticut State cruised to its third consecutive conference title and ninth in the last 10 years with 801 points. Bentley overtook the Dolphins on the third day to finish in second place with 655 points. The College of Saint Rose placed fourth with 580, while Pace University finished fifth with 417 points. Adelphi finished sixth with 305 points and Saint Michael's wrapped up the standings with 181 points.

On the women's side, Le Moyne tallied 353 points to place fifth, an improvement of one spot from last year. Southern Connecticut recorded 907 points to capture the team title for the 10th straight season. Bentley placed second for the consecutive year with 721 points, while Assumption took third with 666 points. The College of Saint Rose placed fourth with 425 points. Following the Dolphins was Pace with 329 points. Adelphi and Saint Michael's rounded out the standings with 238 and 172 points, respectively.

Ricky Divaccaro (L, bronze) and Daniel Tarbrake (R, gold) after receiving their medals for the 100-yard butterfly. Photo from NE-10 Conference

On the men's side, Tarbrake registered his first victory of the Championships on Friday night by touching the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 51.79 seconds. In the final individual event of the Championship, Tarbrake was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly with a school-record time of 1:54.58. The time eclipsed the previous record of 1:55.98 set by Adam Zaczkowski '04 in 2003. Tarbrake also recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 1:59.44 to finish the meet with 53 individual points.

Freshman Josh Byrne (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) was named the Co-Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet for his performance in the two diving events. On Thursday night, Byrne won the three-meter diving event with an NCAA "B"-cut score of 439.35. On Friday, Byrne placed second off the one-meter board with a score of 461.15, just 1.35 points behind winner Jalen Jennings of Adelphi, whom Byrne shared the Most Outstanding Diver award with.

Tarbrake was also a member of two top-four relays. In Thursday's final event, the 400-yard medley relay, he teamed with classmates Chris Mosconi (Gloversville, N.Y./Gloversville), Ben Verdi (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's) and Ronnie Lowe (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush) to place fourth with a time of 3:32.43. To open Friday night's competition, Tarbrake combined with sophomore Ricky Divaccaro (Woodstown, N.J./Woodstown), Verdi and junior Tyler Olson (Warners, N.Y./West Genesee) to place third in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.53.

To close out Friday night's competition, Lowe and Olson combined with freshman Craig Carey (Belle Harbor, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) and senior Scott Thieke (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) to finish second in the 800-yard freestyle relay in a school-record time 7:03.41. The previous record of 7:05.26 was set in 2004 by Zaczkowski, Shawn Bankey '07, Will Chidsey '06 and Luke O'Brien '06. In Thursday night's first event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, Divaccaro, Lowe, Thieke and Olson placed third with a season-best time of 1:26.08. In the final event of the Championship, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Divaccaro, Lowe, Thieke and Olson teamed to place fifth in a season-best 3:12.20.

Thieke, Olson and Verdi each earned 45 points in individual competition for the Dolphins. In his first event of the Championship, Thieke placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.91 after posting a career-best time of 4:48.52 in the prelims. On Friday night, Thieke posted another fifth-place finish with a time of 4:16.98 in the 400-yard IM after recording a career-best 4:14.34 in the prelims. He closed out his collegiate career by placing second in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a career-best 16:44.03. In his first event of the meet, Olson registered a career-best time of 21.38 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to place second. In the 200-yard freestyle on Friday night, Olson placed sixth with a career-best time of 1:46.12, while he closed out competition at the meet by placing fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.47, the fastest time of his career. After placing seventh in the 400-yard IM in 4:19.30 in the first individual event on Friday night, Verdi touched the wall second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 57.95 seconds, just two-tenths of a second shy of the school record. On Saturday evening, Verdi registered a season-best time of 2:09.07 to place third in the 200-yard breaststroke. Divaccaro added 41 individual points over the three days. On Thursday night, he placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.85 seconds. In the second individual event on Friday, Divaccaro won the bronze medal in the 100-yard butterfly with a career-best time of 52.49 seconds. He then placed seventh in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.65 seconds. Mosconi registered a pair of sixth-place finishes in the backstroke events. He touched the wall in 55.02 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday and then posted a season-best time of 2:00.70 in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday.

On the women's side, freshman Tara O'Donnell (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem) registered three top-three finishes in earning 50 individual points. In her first event of the Championship, O'Donnell recorded a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM with an NCAA "B"-cut time of 2:06.23, the second-fastest time in the history of the program. On Friday night, O'Donnell earned the bronze medal in the 100-yard butterfly with an NCAA "B"-cut and season-best time of 57.60 seconds. She completed individual competition at the Championship by earning the silver medal in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA "B"-cut time of 2:02.27, becoming just the second Dolphin in the program's history to record a time that fast.

O'Donnell also teamed on four relays that registered top-five finishes. On Thursday night, she teamed with junior Sarah Connelly (Peru, N.Y./Peru) and seniors Julia Jones (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and Maureen Donovan (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) to place fifth in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:05.28, the fastest time by a Dolphin quartet since December 6, 2009 at the Don Richards Invitational. To open Friday night's competition, O'Donnell, Connelly, Jones and Donovan registered a season-best time of 1:52.58 to place fifth in the 200-yard medley relay. In Friday's last event, O'Donnell and Donovan teamed with junior Allie Scorzelli (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) and freshman Katelyn Votapka (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) to earn the bronze medal in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:57.64, the fastest time since the school record of 7:55.49 was set on February 20, 2009 at the UNYSCSA Championships. O'Donnell's time of 1:52.46 over the opening 200 yards sets a new school record, eclipsing her own record of 1:53.54 set at the Ithaca Invitational on December 2, 2012. In the final event of the Championship, the 400-yard freestyle relay, O'Donnell, Donovan, Scorzelli and Votapka recorded a fifth-place finish in 3:40.58, the fastest time since the NE-10 Championship in 2011. O'Donnell's time of 52.02 seconds over the opening 100 yards sets a new school record, eclipsing her own record of 52.90 set at the Ithaca Invitational. In the first event of the Championship, Jones and Scorzelli combined with senior Jacqueline Daly (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush) and freshman Meghan Myers (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) to place eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:45.40.

Individually, Connelly, Votapka and Scorzelli each turned in a pair of top-10 performances. On Friday night, Connelly registered an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:10.63. She then recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:30.57. Votapka opened the competition by placing 10th in the 500-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 5:20.65, the fastest time by a Dolphin since January 19, 2011. On Saturday, she registered a seventh-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:19.69, the fastest time by a Dolphin since Meghan Nugent '09 on December 5, 2008 at the Northeast-10 Championship. In her first event of the Championship, Scorzelli placed 10th in the 200-yard IM with a career-best time of 2:15.98. On Friday, she then placed ninth in the 400-yard IM with a career-best time of 4:45.94.