Rider men look to defend MAAC Title
College Swimming and Diving
Broncs off to Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y.--Buffalo in the middle of winter. Not exactly the destination of choice by travel agents unless you are a fan of swimming and diving. Then, it is the place to be.
The Rider University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will participate at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships February 14-16 at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center in Buffalo, New York.
The Rider men are the defending MAAC champions with the Bronc women placing runner-up to 13-time champion Marist College. Head coach Steve Fletcher earned the MAAC Men's Coach of the Year honor with the Bronc men taking home their first title since 2004.
The Rider men are the top seed in eight of the 16 individual events with the Bronc women holding five of the top times.
The Rider men are led by senior Brian Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS East) who is the top seed in the 100 free (45.32), the 200 free (1:39.56) and the 500 free (4:30.07).
The Bronc men are also led by senior Johnny Funk (Las Vegas, Nev./Southeast Career & Tech. Academy) who holds the fastest times in the MAAC in the 200 IM (1:51.96) and the 200 back (1:50.28) and junior diver Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) who has the top score on both the one-meter (328.57) and three-meter boards (326.02).
Funk is the Rider and conference championship record holder in the 200 IM, winning MAAC gold with a time of 1:47.56 in 2012.
Also for the Rider men, sophomore Brett Pedersen (Sewell/St. Augustine Prep) has the fastest 50 free time in the MAAC (20.92).
For the Rider women, senior Kelly O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) is the top seed in three events, the 200 IM (2:08.79), the 400 IM (4:30.04) and the 200 fly (2:04.43).
Senior Addie Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) enters the championships as the top seed in the 200 back (2:02.81) with her sister, sophomore Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley), earning the top seed in the 100 back (58.44).
In the relay competition, the Bronc men are the top seed in four of five races with the Rider women holding two top relay times.
The Rider men are the top seed in the 200 free relay (1:24.10), the 400 medley relay (3:25.00), the 800 free relay (6:49.58) and the 400 free relay (3:04.13).
The Bronc women are the top seed in the 200 free relay (1:37.42) and the 200 medley relay (1:48.46).
This is the first year that associate member Bryant University will compete at the championships, making the men's competition a 10-team event as Siena College only has a women's squad.
The Rider men have won two team titles (2004, 2012) and the Bronc men have placed runner-up 14 times since 1996. The Bronc women have won three team titles (2001, 2003, 2009) and have placed runner-up 11 times since 1998.
For those unable to make the trek to Buffalo, fans can log onto MAAC.TV to view the championships.
To view the championships, go to MAAC.TV/register and sign up for either the $5.95 one-game package, which will allow you to view one day of the championships, or the $14.95 one-month package, which will give you access to all three days of the event. Note: Only MAAC.TV subscriptions will provide access to MAAC Championships - school-specific subscriptions do not provide access to MAAC Championships.