January 18, 2014


New Haven, Conn. – Anna Pleban and Raymond Cswerko each won two events to lead Southern Connecticut State University to victories over the Le Moyne College women's and men's swimming and diving teams on Saturday afternoon. On the women's side, the Owls posted 142 points to Le Moyne's 75 and Merrimack College's 16, while the Southern Connecticut State men posted a 148-81 win over the Dolphins.

On the women's side, the Dolphins registered wins in three events. Sophomore Katelyn Votapka (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) picked up the first win of the afternoon by touching the wall first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 11:23.65. Five events later, classmate Tara O'Donnell (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem) was victorious in the 100-yard butterfly by registering a time of 1:01.25. The quartet of freshman Julia Wilson (Amherst, N.Y./Sweet Home), sophomore Meghan Myers (Westfield, N.J./Westfield), Votapka and junior Kerry Steve (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) closed out the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in 4:10.70.

For the men, the Dolphins recorded victories in five events. Sophomore Josh Byrne (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) improved to 12-2 on the season in dual meets by sweeping the two diving events. In the one-meter event, he took first place with 241.28 points, while he captured the three-meter event with 265.58 points. Freshman Tim Buff (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) earned Le Moyne's first win of the day by topping the field in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:24.04. Sophomore Ben Verdi (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's) recorded a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke by touching the wall in 1:01.26. The foursome of junior Ricky Divaccaro (Woodstown, N.J./Woodstown), sophomores Mike Bardo (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) and Zarian Cleare (Nassau, Bahamas/Queen's College) and graduate student Tim Gallivan (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) closed out the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:34.29.

The Dolphins close out the regular season on Saturday at home against Pace University at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the meet, the 10 members of the senior class will be honored for the contributions to the program.