BUFFALO, NY – Three Iona records, one pool record and one NCAA qualification all took place on Day Two of the 2012 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the Flickinger Athletic Center on the campus of Erie Community College. The Iona College women’s team stands in fourth place with 256 points, while the men sit in sixth with 209 points.
Senior Jamie Manser set a new career-high in the 100-Breastroke finishing with a time of 1:01.51, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships. With her finishing time, Manser also set a new ECC pool record and Iona record.
Sophomore Justin Grigull also set a new Iona record, in the men’s 200-Free, as Grigull came in at 1:39.38. His time qualifies him for ECAC’s. Junior Chris Yacobacci was the third Iona swimmer to set a new record, as the trio set new school times in three consecutive races. Yacobacci’s time of 55.69in the 100-Breastroke also qualifies him for ECAC’s next weekend in Annapolis, Maryland.
“We will need a big day tomorrow if we want to finish in the top three in team scoring”, said head coach Nick Cavataro. “It was an electric night for us in the pool; we’ve never had three consecutive swimmers set records the way Justin, Chris and Jamie did.”
In the men’s 200-Medley, the Gaels received 28 points and a fifth place finish from senior Cameron Hudson, sophomores Mark Wallace and Tyler Elfert and Yacobacci. The squad finished in 1:34.82.
In the women’s 1000-Free, junior Kara Nowakowski finished 14th for three points in 10:42.97.
Later on in the competition, Skeivys placed 11th in the 400-IM with a time of 4:39.17 and also qualified for ECAC. In the men’s 400-IM, sophomore Nick Kotonias finished ninth and classmate Ryan Bacci finished 14th with times of 4:10.92 and 4:17.54, respectively and qualified for ECAC.
In the women’s 100-Butterfly, junior Theresa Harvey finished ninth at 58.58 and qualified for ECAC. In the men’s 100-Butterfly, Elfert also finished ninth at 51.78 good enough for an ECAC bid.
Senior Mackenzie Mone took fifth and an ECAC bid in the 200-Free with a time of 1:54.46. Dodenhoff took third behind Manser in the 100-Breast with a time of 1:05.21, also good enough for ECAC.
Sophomores Chris Giovine and Matthew Stelnicki finished 13th and 16th in the men’s 100-Butterfly, both adding the Gaels’ roster that till appear at ECAC’s.
Freshman Olivia Kroll took ninth in the 100-backstroke with a time of 59.88 (ECAC). Wallace took 12th for the men in the 100-Backstroke (ECAC).
In the women’s 800-Free the Gaels took third as Harvey broke teammate Mackenzie Mone’s 200-Free record finishing the first part of the relay in 1:53.16. The team completed the race in 7:44.94. Dodehnoff and Skeivys also took part in the relay.
In the men’s 800-Free, the Gaels took fourth as Yacobacci and Grigull were joined by sophomore Lee Stiles and junior Joseph Delone to complete the relay in 6:54.73.
The final day of competition will begin at 10:00 AM from the Flickinger Athletic Center on the campus of Erie Community College.