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SUNY Brockport dominates Nazareth University 

Brockport’s Elizabeth Sagan during her first-place swim in the 100-free. (Photo Credit: Emily LeFrois-Heath)

The SUNY Brockport women’s swimming and diving team defeated Nazareth University 154-88, bringing the Golden Eagles’ record to 6-2 to end the regular season. 

Emily LeFrois-Heath finished first in both events, putting up times of 2:16.18 in the 200 IM and 5:27.29 in the 500-yard freestyle.  

Sarah Kilburn also placed first in both of her events, posting times of 24.96 in the 50-yard freestyle and 1:00.99 in the 100-yard butterfly. 

The X-Factor for the Golden Eagles was Elizabeth Sagan, who placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.78 and first in the 100-yard freestyle with a 55.58. Sagan did this after joining the team between semesters.  

Brockport started the meet with a dominant finish in the 200-yard medley relay. 

“The first relay, I expected it to be closer than it was,” head coach Zack Wahl said. “We won it by seven seconds.” 

The next event was the 1000 freestyle, with Emi Wilck dropping 38 seconds off her lifetime best and winning the event for Brockport with a time of 11:52.19. Hannah Pauly got fourth with a time of 12:12.46. Esther Zadov got fifth with a time of 12:54.63. 

Wilck’s lifetime best was not the only personal record for the Golden Eagles today. 

“After the meet, I asked the team how many of them got lifetime or season best times today,” Wahl said. “About 90 percent of them raised their hands.” 

Next up was the 200-yard freestyle. Sagan earned second place for Brockport with a time of 2:04.78. Miya Vitale placed third with a 2:08.96 and Addy Martino finished fourth with a 2:09.82. 

In the 50-yard freestyle, Kilburn won it for the Golden Eagles with a time of 24.96. Emily Meissner finished fourth with a 27.06. Madeline Erhardt got fifth with a time of 27.13. Brockport also had four exhibition competitors. Leah Allen-Comella swam a 27.78, Elvira Castro-Martin swam a 28.29, Kyla Bugbee swam a 28.90 and Lily Davis swam a 29.39.  

The 200 IM saw LeFrois-Heath win with a 2:16.18. Sam Whitman got fourth place with a 2:30.17 and Maya Upcraft placed fifth with a 2:56.25.  

In the 100-yard butterfly Brockport had a 1-2-3 finish. Kilburn won with a time of 1:00.99. Erhardt finished second with a time of 1:03.93 and Emma Butler finished with a 1:07.12 to finish the clean sweep.  

Sagan swam her 100-yard freestyle in 55.58 to win the event for the Golden Eagles. Meissner finished in 59.99 to grab fourth place. Emma Purvis placed fifth with a 1:01.16. 

In the 100-yard backstroke, Vitale placed first with a time of 1:01.22.  Brienne Westfall finished third with a time of 1:07.68. 

The 500-yard freestyle saw LeFrois-Heath dominate the competition, finishing before her competitors had even reached the flags ahead of their final flip-turn, posting a time of 5:27.29. Wilck finished fourth with a time of 5:59.35 and Pauly got fifth place with a time of 6:07.76. 

In diving, Kyra Russ finished in second place on the 1-meter board with a score of 260.85. Caroline Rossi snagged third with 202.80. And Emily Justa ended in sixth with a score of 147.53.  

On the 3-meter board, Russ earned a score of 267.30 to win it for Brockport. Rossi took third with a 191.63. Justa placed fourth with a 159.08. 

The last individual event was the 100-yard breaststroke, which saw Martino win with a time of 1:10.81. Whitman got fourth with a 1:15.17. Bugbee ended in fifth with a 1:16.41.  

The 200-yard freestyle relay at the end saw a team of Sagan, Butler, Meissner and Kilburn win with a time of 1:42.61. The team of Purvis, Allen-Comella, Castro-Martin and Wilck got third with a time of 1:52.59. And the team of Davis, Westfall, Zadov and Upcraft finished fifth with a time of 2:00.25. 

“My favorite part of races is shaking my opponents’ hands right after,” LeFrois-Heath said. 

The Golden Eagles dominated Nazareth from start to finish in every event and hope to carry that momentum through to the SUNYAC championships, which will be held at The Burt Flickinger Athletic Center in Buffalo, NY, Feb. 21-24. 

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