Allocco Sets Pool Record in New Paltz Win over Mt. St. Mary

WOMEN

Senior Chelsea Allocco (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) set the Elting Pool record in the 1,000 freestyle (10:40.94), as the State University of New York at New Paltz women’s swimming team cruised past Mount Saint Mary College, 125-52, on Friday night. It marked the Hawks’ final home meet of the 2013-14 season.

Allocco blasted through the race at a blistering pace, hitting the 200 mark at 2:06.54 and the 500 mark at 5:19.90. Her final time bettered the former facility standard of 10:46.58, which former New Paltz swimmer Jess Lester set in 2011. Allocco also won the 100 freestyle, as she covered the race in 56.87.

New Paltz rises to 5-2 and returns to the pool tomorrow, as it visits SUNY Oneonta for a 1 p.m. meet. Mount Saint Mary falls to 7-4 and takes on The College at Old Westbury and the College of Mount Saint Vincent tomorrow afternoon at the Kaplan Center.

All told, New Paltz won all 11 events contested, and six different Hawks posted an individual event win.

Sophomore Ella Graffin (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) touched first in the 50 freestyle (26.30) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.17), sophomore Cassidy Griger (Cooperstown, N.Y./Cooperstown Central) won the 200 individual medley (2:20.39) and the 500 freestyle (5:25.85), senior Victoria Scalise (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) captured the 200 freestyle (1:57.59), junior Samantha Granan (Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt) took the 100 backstroke (1:06.16) and sophomore Maggie Heaton (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) paced the field in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.97). Heaton’s 100 breaststroke time came as an exhibition entry.

The Hawks swept both relays, too. The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Casey O’Connor (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), sophomore Krista VerMeersch (Newark, N.Y./Newark), Graffin and sophomore Zoe Papetti (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) clocked a first-place time of 1:57.33, while the 200 freestyle relay squad of Griger, VerMeersch, sophomore Alex Senglaub (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy) and Granan charted a winning standard of 1:45.35. The Hawks’ 200 freestyle relay was entered as exhibition.

New Paltz Men’s Triumph over Mt. St. Mary

The State University of New York at New Paltz men’s swimming team won nine of the 11 events contested Friday afternoon in a dual meet against Mount Saint Mary College, and the Hawks wound up winning by a 111-79 final at Elting Pool. It marked the Hawks’ final home meet of the 2013-14 season.

Senior Matt Distler (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) claimed three individual events. He charted the top time in the 200 freestyle (1:49.51) before touching first in the 500 freestyle (4:58.25) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.43). His 100 breaststroke swim came as an exhibition entry.

New Paltz rises to 2-5 and returns to the pool tomorrow, as it visits SUNY Oneonta for a 1 p.m. meet. Mount Saint Mary falls to 4-6 and takes on The College at Old Westbury and the College of Mount Saint Vincent tomorrow afternoon at the Kaplan Center.

Beyond Distler, sophomore Rod Taskindoust (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North), freshman Luke Zenir (Cherry Valley, N.Y./Cooperstown Central), sophomore Ethan Cooke (Middletown, Conn./Middletown) and sophomore Ryan Lindgren (Hurley, N.Y./Kingston) won individual events for New Paltz. Taskindoust touched first in the 1,000 freestyle (10:41.11), Zenir topped the field in the 50 freestyle (23.17), Cooke won the 100 butterfly (56.61) and Lindgren captured the 100 freestyle (52.41).

New Paltz won both relays, too. Freshman Andrew Grant (Akron, N.Y./Akron), freshman Vitaut Gurskiy (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst), sophomore Tom Anderson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and Cooke combined for the top time in the 200 medley relay (1:47.55), while the foursome of Grant, Taskindoust, freshman Thomas Whittico (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and Lindgren clocked the fastest standard in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.29). The Hawks marked its 200 freestyle relay as exhibition.

This release was provided to SwimSwam courtesy of New Paltz Swimming and Diving.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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