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Brockport Swimming and Diving post strong SUNYAC showing 

Photo Credit: Kaite Wilson via Brockport Athletics Flickr

The Brockport men and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at the SUNYAC championships from Feb. 15-18. Geneseo ultimately claimed the team titles for both the men and women, but the Golden Eagles still recorded strong showings across the board. In the overall team competition, the women claimed third place with 457 points, and the men’s team finished in sixth with 234 points.  

The women’s team featured many noteworthy performances and broke six team records during the four-day event.  

Elizabeth Sagan defended her title in the 50-yard freestyle SUNAYC title while also setting a program record with a time of 23.59 seconds. Sagan also claimed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.67 seconds, just 0.01 seconds ahead of Geneseo’s Kenzie Fischer. That mark was also enough to break the program record of 52.25 seconds. 

Brockport captured another title in the 200 free relay. The quartet of Sagan, Sawyer Parker, Nicole Orcutt and Emily LeFrois-Heath swam to a time of 1:37.88 minutes in the victory. LeFrois-Heath also took the gold in the 400-yard individual medley, her time of 4:37.02 minutes also set a new team record. 

Other record-breaking performances for the women came in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Sagan, Nicole Orcutt, Emily LeFrois-Heath and Sawyer Parker swam a time of 7:51.80 minutes, breaking the previous record by nearly five seconds. LeFrois-Heath also set a new time to beat in the 100-yard butterfly, posting a time of 58.37 seconds. Lastly, Orcutt broke the school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.44 minutes. She finished fifth overall in the event.  

Kyra Russ placed second in both the 3-meter diving event, with a score of 437.45, and the 1-meter event with a score of 412.90. While the team of Miya Vitale, Addy Martino, LeFrois-Heath and Sagan took second place in the 200-yard medley relay. 

Notable performances for the men during the four-day meet included the team of Jace Fredrickson, Luca Oliveri, Matthew Chan and Ryan Sampson placing seventh in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:45.33 minutes on night one. The relay team of Chan, Garrett Nanna, Joe Keeney and Gavin Stone finished eighth in the 200-yard relay. Kurt Mueller took sixth in the 1-meter diving event and fourth in the 3-meter diving event. Oliveri also had strong individual performances finishing fifth in the 400-yard individual medley, sixth in 200-yard backstroke and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke.

Logan Kime also received the SUNYAC Elite 20 award which ‘honors the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.’ Kime is a Biology major and environmental science and ecology minor with a 4.00 GPA.

Looking ahead Sagan’s time in the 50-yard freestyle was good enough to make the NCAA DIII National’s B cut. The selections for nationals will be made Wednesday, Feb. 22.  

Russ and Mueller will get set to compete at Regionals at Ithaca College on Feb. 24 and 25. 

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