Nazareth Men & Women Expand Leads At Empire 8/Allegheny Empire Championships

by SwimSwam 0

February 21st, 2020 College, NCAA Division III

ALLEGHENY EMPIRE* – MEN AND WOMEN

  • Dates: Wednesday, February 19-Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Location: Webster High School Aquatic Center – Rochester, NY
  • Host: Hartwick
  • Defending Champion AMCC: Penn St. Behrend women; Penn St. Behrend men (13x)
  • Defending Champion E8: Nazareth women (2x); Stevens men (7x)
  • Live Video: Day 1 │ Day 2 │ Day 3 │ Day 4
  • Championship Central

Courtesy: Empire 8 Athletics

WOMEN

Nazareth College holds the lead after Thursday’s action at the 2020 Empire 8 and Allegheny Empire Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the Webster Aquatic Center and hosted by Hartwick College. The Golden Flyers expanded their lead to 137.5 points over second-place Hartwick after two days. The Golden Flyers have 585 points, while Hartwick has 447.5. Alfred is third with 285.5 points, while Utica is fourth with 186. Nazareth, Hartwick and Alfred hold the top three spots in the 10-team Allegheny Empire Championships.

Both Nazareth and Hartwick won three events apiece on Thursday night.

Nazareth’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Taylor Robey, Abbie Santos, Darby McNamara and Paige Pasquarella opened the evening with a victory by just under two seconds in 1:36.07. Hartwick’s Cecelia Mowrey was the E8 Champion in the 400-yard individual medley. Abbie Santos won an individual event for the second consecutive evening, with a tremendous performance in the 100-yard butterfly. She completed the event in 57 seconds, as sister Kaela Santos finished second overall.

In what was the most thrilling finish of the night, Hartwick’s Abby Miller made up nearly three seconds over the final 50 yards to earn the win in the 200-yard freestyle by two tenths of a second in a time of 1:56.66. Hartwick’s 400-yard medley relay team of Channing Lewis, Gina Grauer, Tori Argentieri and Olivia Bart earned the win in a time of 3:55.87.

Nazareth’s Allie Norwood won the 1-meter diving event for the second straight season, finishing nine points ahead of teammate Taylor Woltz, the 2018 champion with a score of 438.45.

Action continues on Friday with day three events from the Webster Aquatic Center, with preliminary action starting at 10 a.m. and the finals getting underway at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Empire 8 Individual Champions
200-yard freestyle relay – Taylor Robey, Abbie Santos, Darby McNamara, Paige Pasquarella, Nazareth – 1:36.07
400-yard individual medley – Cecilia Mowrey, Hartwick – 4:41.92
100-yard butterfly – Abbie Santos, Nazareth, :57.00
200-yard freestyle – Abby Miller, Hartwick – 1:56.66
400-yard medley relay – Channing Lewis, Gina Grauer, Tori Argentieri, Olivia Bart, Hartwick – 3:55.87
1-meter diving – Allie Norwood, Nazareth, 438.45

Empire 8 Team Scores
Nazareth – 585
Hartwick – 447.5
Alfred – 285.5
Utica – 186

Allegheny Empire Team Scores
Nazareth – 942
Hartwick – 702.5
Alfred – 452.5
Penn State Behrend – 403
Alfred State – 382
Penn State Altoona – 258
Utica – 256
Franciscan – 240
SUNY Delhi – 174
Pitt-Bradford – 6

MEN

Nazareth College continues to lead after the Thursday’s action at the 2020 Empire 8 and Allegheny Empire Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the Webster Aquatic Center and hosted by Hartwick College. The Golden Flyers won all five men’s events on Thursday night to expand its lead with 565 points after the first two days. Hartwick is second with 450 points, while Alfred is third with 366 points and Utica is fourth with 157. The Golden Flyers continue to lead the 10-team Allegheny Empire Championship with 840 points, while Hartwick is second overall.

Nazareth’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tom Griffin, Mark Dunkelberg, Sean Payrot and Matt Corona opened the evening by finishing 1.53 seconds over the rest of the field in 1:24.03. Nazareth junior John Koch won his second individual event in two nights, rolling to a seven-second win in the 400-yard individual medley in 4:08.11. Luca Biagiotti just out-touched Hartwick’s Dawson Tupponce to win the 100-yard butterfly by 21 hundredths of a second.

Freshman Dylan Long of Nazareth also won his second Empire 8 crown in two days, taking the 200-yard freestyle. Nazareth’s 400-yard medley relay team of Tom Griffin, Koch, Biagiotti and Matt Corona finished the evening by hanging on to defeat Hartwick by just three tenths of a second in a time of 3:26.07.

Action continues on Friday with day three events from the Webster Aquatic Center, with preliminary action starting at 10 a.m. and the finals getting underway at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Empire 8 Individual Champions
200-yard freestyle relay – Tom Griffin, Mark Dunkelberg, Sean Payrot, Matt Corona, Nazareth –
1:24.03
400-yard individual medley – John Koch, Nazareth – 4:08.11
100-yard butterfly – Luca Biagiotti, Nazareth, :51.42
200-yard freestyle – Dylan Long, Nazareth – 1:44.85
400-yard medley relay – Tom Griffin, John Koch, Luca Biagiotti, Matt Corona, Nazareth –
3:26.07

Empire 8 Team Scores
Nazareth – 565
Hartwick – 450
Alfred – 366
Utica – 157

Allegheny Empire Team Scores
Nazareth – 840
Hartwick – 672
Penn State Behrend – 656
Alfred – 532
Alfred State – 383
Penn State Altoona – 274
Utica – 210
SUNY Delhi – 127
Pitt.-Bradford – 124

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