By Melissa Kasiarz
Another year, another runner-up finish for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team in the MAAC Championships. The women placed second behind Marist while the men fell short of Loyola (MD).
It is the second straight year that the women were beaten by the Red Foxes and the Greyhounds defeated the men in the championships.
“We’re pretty tough on ourselves as a group,” said head coach Steve Fletcher. “Our team performance at the meet pointed out some significant areas where we can improve, but also highlighted our significant strengths as a program.”
There were some great individual performances throughout the three-day championships that took place in the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y.
Senior diver Aisley Carter won both the three-meter and one-meter dives on her way to being named Diver of the Meet.
“My divers did great,” said assistant coach and diving coach Kristen Ceppa. “Aisley Carter earned top recognition all around; you can’t get much better than first in both events and Diver of the Meet.”
In her first year, Ceppa won the honor of Diving Coach of the Meet as she helped the men place all four divers in the top eight on both dives while assisting Carter, her only female diver, to two first-place finishes.
“Winning both boards as well recieving the honor of female diver of the meet my Senior year, have been my top two goals since the beginning of the season,” said Carter. “We are so thrilled that she [Ceppa] was named Coach of the Meet in her first year because we couldn’t have done it without her.”
Sophomores Kelly O’Connor and Addie Oswald both won events. O’Connor took the 200 fly (2.00.48) while Oswald won the 200 back (2.00.48) and the 200 free (1:50.74). O’Connor also came in third in the 200 backstroke (2.02.93). Senior Alicia Fimple finished first in the 400 IM (4:30.94).
“The competition was really fast this year; there were a lot of strong teams and fast swimmers,” O’Connor said. “Overall, I was very pleased with how I swam, and as a team we went into this competition with a very positive attitude ready to swim fast.”
For the men’s team sophomore Johnny Funk won the 200 IM (1:50.19) and placed second in the 200 back (1:50.25), and seniors Ryan Nelthropp and Arthur Arciszewski both finished third in their respective events, Nelthropp in the 200 fly (1:51.43) and Arciszewski in the 1,650 free (16:03.97).
“The competition was great, lots of fast swimming,” Funk said. “As a team we have some room for improvement, which is a good thing considering all the great swims we had.”
On the men’s diving team, junior Brendan Cavallaro finished second in the one-meter dive (288.70), and senior Tom Smallwood placed third in the one-meter dive (279.80)
“For Tom to dive as consistently as he did and earn third on both boards was outstanding,” Ceppa said. “Performing to his potential has been something Tom has struggled with and he managed to be nothing but on his game at the Championships.”
Named to the MAAC All-Academic team for the women were seniors Renata Stoehr and Lindsay Simmons, junior Kelly Fleagle and sophomores Katlyn Andrews, Stephanie Anderer, Carly Misiewicz and Melissa Berkay.
For the men, seniors Arciszewski, Mike Tubb and Smallwood, junior Scott Mitchell and sophomores Jimmy Sileo, Kevin Mahana and Kyle Grosman were all named to the MAAC All-Academic team.
Next up for the Broncs is a trip to Pittsburgh for another three-day event, the ECAC Championships, starting today through Sunday.