The Alfred State swimming and diving team opened up the 2017-18 season with a showdown with the defending AMCC Champions from Penn State Behrend. The women's team downed the Lions 154-126 while the men fell 200-95.
Kathryn Lewis (Sanborn/Niagara Wheatfield) won the 500 free (5:56.16) and broke the school NCAA record in the 200 free with a 2nd place finish (2:07.52) to pace the women's team. She was also 2nd in the 100 free (58.25).
Kaileigh Lehman (Lowman/Beaver River) was a double-event winner. She won the 100 breaststroke (1:18.95) and the 200 breaststroke (2:54.83). Liz Jurs (Elba) was also an individual event winner by winning the 200 fly (2:57.83).
Alina Kisluk (Hamburg) was 2nd in the 1,000 free (13:06.91), Lauren Earley (Waterford/Shenendehowa) was 2nd in the 100 back (1:10.19) and 2nd in the 500 free (5:57.20), Rachel Caltagirone (Buffalo/Tonawanda) was 2nd in the 50 free (28.17), and Payton Armstrong (Highland Mills/Monroe-Woodbury) was 2nd in the 200 back (2:34.85)
The diving duo of Sarah Stevens (Wellsville) and De'Anna Buckley (Bath) took 1st and 2nd. In the five dive competition at 1m Stevens scored 135.80 to win and Buckley scored 118.25 while in the six-dive competition Stevens scored 152.05 and Buckley scored 126.4.
The 400 medley team of Earley, Lehman, Stevens, and Lewis finished 2nd in 4:33.77 and the 200 free relay team of Earley, Elizabeth Furmanski (Albion), Emily Pierce (Addison), and Lizzy Drake (Lansing) was 2nd in 1:54.40.
Nick Beach (Canandaigua) led the men's team with a pair of victories in the diving competition. He won the 1m competition with a score of 196.75 and the 3m with 198.00. Jackson Teboe (Falconer) was 2nd in the 1m (166.15) and Tim Berry (Midlakes) was 2nd in the 3m (164.85).
Ethan Dale (Lock Haven, PA) was 2nd in the 100 breast (1:06.25) and the 200 breast (2:29.97).
Tim Olin (Perry) was 3rd in the 100 back (1:00.62) and in the 200 back (2:16.87), Bryce Cutler (Newton, NJ) was 3rd in the 200 fly (2:23.68), Nate Ciciera (Derby/Lake Shore) was 3rd in the 50 free (23.89), and Ryan McDowell (Macedon/Gananda) was 3rd in the 100 fly (1:00.21).
Coach RC Weston on the Meet:
"I'm really proud of the team today for grinding out a meet against the reigning AMCC champs. This was a tremendous victory for our women who fought hard for this win. A big congrats goes out to them for setting the standard for the year. Our men had some nice swims but ultimately Behrend had too much firepower. This meet gave us a chance to evaluate where we are at as a program and will motivate us for the rest of the year. I'm looking forward to running into them again at Fredonia in December and one final time at AMCC's."
The Pioneers are back in action in two weeks when they travel to Buffalo State for a 1 p.m. meet.