Canisius Opens Season with Sweep of Rochester

Canisius vs. Rochester

  • Oct. 11, 2019
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Men: Canisius 153-141; Women: Canisius 193-102
  • Results

Courtesy: Canisius Athletics

The Canisius men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams earned a victory to open the season against Rochester Friday evening. The Canisius women won by a score of 193-102, while the men’s team earned a 153-141 victory over the Yellowjackets.

The women’s team claimed top spots in 11 of the 14 races on Friday. Junior Dana Bender led the way for Canisius with four first-place finishes in the 400-yard medley relay, the 50-yard backstroke, the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard IM.

In diving, junior Gianna Cornelia earned two first-place finishes, scoring a 226.56 in the 1-meter and a 241.57 in the 3-meter. Her teammate, junior Vinnie Costanzo, placed third (208.72) in the 1-meter dive, while sophomore Adriana Bolender took fourth (202.65).

The men’s competition was separated by one point heading into the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Golden Griffins won the race and the meet thanks to the first-place finish of the relay team of seniors Kenyon Winkky, Kyle Griffin and sophomores Kyle Kimerer and Liam O’Connell.

Winkky had a standout day for the Griffs, earning first in all four of his events, including the 400-medley relay, the 100 fly, the 50 fly and the 200-yard freestyle relay that secured the victory on the men’s side.

Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will return to action on Oct. 18, when the Griffs host MAAC foe Marist. The meet will be held at the Burt Flickinger Center Pool and has a start time set for 10 a.m.

Courtesy: Rochester Athletics

BUFFALO, NY – The first meet of the season had no shortage of drama for the University of Rochester men’s swimming and diving team as its matchup with Division I Canisius College came down to the final race on Friday night at Erie Community College.

The host Golden Griffins edged out the top two places in that final race, the 200 freestyle relay, to post the victory 153-141 over Rochester on opening night, rallying from one point down entering that last event.

Rochester showed it could hang with Canisius throughout the night, posting 1-2-3 sweeps in four events, the 200 IM, 100 backstroke and both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

First-year Chris Bushnell was a double-winner, posting a victory in the 100 backstroke in 53.05 seconds and the 50 backstroke in 24.76 seconds.  Right behind in the 100 were teammates Brandon Kim (55.70) and Eric Chang (55.74).

Stephen Savchik took first place on both diving boards, scoring 233.85 on 1-meter and 251.78 on 3-meter. Adam Hopson was second in both events, scoring 224.47 and 214.80, respectively.  Alex Brychcy ended third on each board.

In the 200 IM, Kevin Liu was first to the wall, touching in 2:01.80.  He was followed by Edward Domanico in second (2:03.29) and Andy Chopey in third (2:05.65).

Eric Sonheim finished first in the 200 freestyle, clocking in with a time of 1:46.36, while Grant Yap was runner-up, touching in 1:50.85.  Yap finished runner-up in the 100 freestyle as well, finishing just ahead of third place swimmer Trevor Hoch.

Rochester’s other race win came from Jose Corredor Alvarez in the 500 freestyle.  The first-year swimmer posted a time of 4:57.24.  Corredor Alvarez also was runner-up in the 1000, swimming in 10:02.84.

Fellow first-year Matt Kiel was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.19, while senior Eric Weidman ended in third place during the 1000 freestyle, clocking in at 10:22.48.

On the 400 medley relay which opened the event, Bushnell, Liu, Domanico and Yap ended second in 3:37.75.  The 200 freestyle relay finished third in 1:28.96, with those four swimmers being Sonheim, Chang, Hoch and Yap.

Monica Jackson got her senior campaign off to a strong start by winning two individual events for Rochester in a season-opening women’s swimming meet at Canisius College on Friday evening.

Canisius won the meet, 193-102, but the Yellowjackets were first in the 50-yard and 100-yard breaststroke events. Rochester finished among the top three in nine individual events, two relays, and both diving competitions.

Jackson won the 50-yard breaststroke (0:31.73) and the 100-yard event in 1:09.58. She finished second in the 50-yard butterfly (0:26.78) and swam the second leg of the 400 medley relay that opened the meet. Erica Hughes swam the first leg, Jackson the second, Carolyn Kochek the third, and Caity Weeden the fourth.

Hughes was second in the 100 backstroke (1:01.82) and swam the third leg of the 200 free relay which closed the meet (1:45.82). She was joined by Nicole Gelb, Liz Saltz, and Margaret Brennan.

In the freestyle races, Brennan swam the 200 (2:01.97, second) and the 500 (5:34.81, third). Abby Werwaiss was third in the 1,000 (11:46.04) with Maya Doll fourth (11:50.77).

Serena Uong was runnerup in the 100 fly (1:02.22). In addition to the 200 free relay of Gelb, Saltz, Hughes, and Brennan, Shanney Kearney, Emma Dowd, Hannah Ott, and Lucia Berkhof swam as a B relay, finishing in 1:47.36.

Ott was one of several first-years who put points on the board. Meirav Flatte scored first in the 200 IM (2;24.45). (Kochek was second – 2:27.54 – and Kelsey Bartlett third – 2:30.91 – as Canisius swam the final two events on an exhibition basis.

First-year Sophie Leven was second on the one-meter board (217.79) and third on the three-meter board (220.04). Classmate Trinity Mark was fourth on the three-meter board (178.72).

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