College Swimming and Diving
at MAAC Championships – Day One
Rider men 2nd of 9/Rider women 4th of 9
BUFFALO, N.Y.–The Rider University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are competing in the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships Thursday-Saturday at the BurtFlickingerAthleticCenter on the campus of ErieCommunity College in Buffalo, N.Y.
After day one, the Bronc men are in second place with 171 points behind Marist (185 points) and the Bronc women are in fourth place (135 points) behind Canisus (144.5 points), Saint Peter’s (152.5 points) and Marist (196 points).
“The meet is a tight battle on both the men’s and women’s side,” said head coach Steve Fletcher. “On the women’s side, we had several lifetime best performances and on the men’s side, we got a tremendous boost from the divers and our relays.”
On Thursday for the Bronc men, senior Trevor Hiller (Galloway Twp./Absegami) defended his MAAC title in the one meter dive (318.15). Hiller was seeded first after his preliminary dive (294.20) and went onto win the event. Hiller was named Male Outstanding Diver of the Meet at the 2013 MAAC Championships.
For the Rider women, junior Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) finished third in the 500 free finals (5:00.47), freshman Heather Lonkert (Moon Twp., Pa./Moon Area) was fourth in the three meter dive (218.6), freshman Kelly Toner (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) was fifth in the three meter dive (218.00), freshman Jacquelynn Parker (Hillsborough) was fifth in the 50 free (24.05), junior Gess Charniga (Kendall Park/South Brunswick) was seventh in the 50 free (24.22), senior Melanie Leonhard (Piscataway) was eighth in the 500 free (5:00.47) and sophomore Emma Billerbeck (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale) was eighth in the three meter dive (179.55).
Also for the Rider men, sophomore Wayco Bailey (Casper, Wyo./Natrona County HS) finished third in the one meter dive (275.90), improving from a seventh place preliminary finish (247.40). Freshman William Molloy (Toms River/Toms River North) placed third in the 500 free finals (4:32.27) after finishing sixth in the prelims (4:36.22), freshman Matthan-Matthew Martir (Severn, Md./Old Mill) was fifth in the 50 free (21.01), sophomore Jeffrey Prichard (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) was sixth in the 50 free (21.13), freshman Sam Cramer (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) was sixth in the 500 free (4:34.69) and freshman Ian Flynn (Dresher, Pa./Upper Dublin) was sixth in the 200 IM (1:52.51)
Also for the Rider men, senior Sean Newhouse (Katy, Texas/Morton Ranch) was 10th in the 50 free (21.24), sophomore Adam Phillips (Springville, Pa./Elk Lake) was 11th in the 200 IM (1:54.93) and junior Shane Tubb (Swedesboro/St. Augustine Prep) was 12th in the 200 IM (1:54.97).
Also for the Bronc women, sophomore Virginia Bresko (Bay Shore, N.Y./West Islip) was 11th in the three meter dive (179.55), sophomore Taylor Shelley (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy) was 11th in the 200 IM (2:11.17), freshman Ariana Palmer (Burlington/Burlington Twp.) was 11th in the 50 free (24.69), junior Heather Good (Hillsborough) was 13th in the 200 IM (2:11.47), freshman Courtney Reed (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) was 14th in the 50 free (24.96) and junior Morgan Kandrac (Hamilton/Notre Dame) was 16th in the 200 IM (2:14.48)
The men’s 400 medley relay team of Martir, Tubb, Phillips and Flynn finished in first place with a time of 3:21.76. The men’s 200 free relay team of Martir, Prichard, Phillips and Flynn swam for second place in 1:23.14.
The men’s 400 medley relay was an exciting win and was critical for us to stay in the hunt for a possible team title," Fletcher added.
The women’s 200 free relay team of Parker, Palmer, Reed and Charniga finished third (1:36.18). The women’s 400 medley relay team of Oswald, Good, sophomore Kaitlyn O'Connor (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) and Charniga placed fourth in 3:55.07.
The Rider men have won the past two MAAC Championships, and the Rider women have finished second the past four seasons to Marist, which has won the past 14-championships.
Rider has won three men’s titles (2004, 2012, 2013) 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 12 times since 1998.
Competition continues Friday with prelims at 10:00 am and finals at 6:00 pm.