New Paltz Results for RIT and Geneseo at Tri-Meet

MEN

The State University of New York at New Paltz men’s swimming team lost to SUNY Geneseo, 233-117, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, 226-115, following the second and final day of competition at a tri-meet hosted by Geneseo from Friday-Saturday.

New Paltz drops to 0-5 overall and next faces SUNY Cortland on Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. in Cortland, N.Y. Geneseo rises to 4-1 overall and challenges Monroe Community College on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. on the road. RIT advances to 4-4 overall and matches up next with Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m.

Sophomore Rod Taskindoust (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North) posted two top-six finishes, touching third in the 200 freestyle (1:50.00) and sixth in the 500 freestyle (5:16.97). In the 500 freestyle, he scored fourth-place points due to the fact that Geneseo marked its entries in that event as exhibition. Senior Matt Distler (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) took second in the 100 freestyle (50.21), while junior Jack Spader (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) scored second-place points in the 500 freestyle (5:09.76). Spader really touched fourth overall, but Geneseo’s top-two finishers swam exhibition. Freshman Thomas Whittico (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) touched fifth—and third-place points—in the 500 freestyle (5:12.64), while sophomore Ryan Lindgren (Hurley, N.Y./Kingston) and freshman Rob Cahn (Bellmore, N.Y./Bellmore JFK) placed sixth in the 50 freestyle (23.98) and the 200 butterfly (2:11.97), respectively.

New Paltz capped the meet with a third-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Taskindoust, freshman Luke Zenir (Cherry Valley, N.Y./Cooperstown Central), sophomore Ethan Cooke (Middletown, Conn./Middletown) and Distler combined to go a 3:24.13. The Hawks scored second-place points in that event since Geneseo’s relays all were tagged as exhibition.

WOMEN

The State University of New York at New Paltz women’s swimming team topped the Rochester Institute of Technology, 216-147, and fell to SUNY Geneseo, 204-143, following the second and final day of competition at a tri-meet hosted by Geneseo from Friday-Saturday.

New Paltz advances to 4-1 overall and next faces SUNY Cortland on Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. in Cortland, N.Y. Geneseo rises to 4-1 overall and challenges Monroe Community College on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. on the road. RIT drops to 3-5 overall and matches up next with Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m.

Senior Chelsea Allocco (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) won her third and fourth events of the two-day meet on Saturday, taking first in the 400 individual medley (4:49.73) and the 500 freestyle (5:16.02). Sophomore Cassidy Griger (Cooperstown, N.Y./Cooperstown Central) touched second in the 200 freestyle (1:58.77) and the 500 freestyle (5:20.43), while junior Samantha Granan (Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt) finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:38.18). Granan scored first-place points in the 200 breaststroke because Geneseo marked its entries as exhibition in that event.

The 400 medley relay contingent of sophomore Casey O’Connor (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), Granan, sophomore Maggie Heaton (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) and sophomore Ella Graffin (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) finished second (4:16.44), as did the Hawks’ 400 freestyle relay quartet of Griger, O’Connor, Allocco and senior Victoria Scalise (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) with a time of 3:45.15. Geneseo finished first in the 400 freestyle relay but marked its entries as exhibition.

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

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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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