New Paltz Swimming Finishes NYU Invitational in Third

New Paltz Women

The State University of New York at New Paltz women’s swimming team placed third out of three teams at the NYU Invitational Saturday, finishing the two-day meet with 119 points. Host New York University pulled away on Saturday to win with 396 points, while the Stevens Institute of Technology took second with 277 points.

New Paltz returns to dual-meet action on Saturday, Nov. 16, as it hosts SUNY Oswego at 1 p.m. in its final home meet of the fall semester.

Pitted against two of the top teams in NCAA Division III, New Paltz gained valuable experience racing in a prelim-final format against many swimmers who will qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.

Senior Chelsea Allocco (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), sophomore Cassidy Griger (Cooperstown, N.Y./Cooperstown Central), sophomore Kim Kallansrude (Muttontown, N.Y./Jericho) and sophomore Maggie Heaton (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) each placed among the top five in at least one event. Allocco took third in the 400 individual medley (4:50.68) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:21.13), Griger placed third in the 200 freestyle (2:00.23) and fifth in the 100 freestyle (56.01), Kallansrude claimed third in the 200 butterfly (2:18.26) and Heaton finished fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:02.89).

New Paltz Men

The State University of New York at New Paltz men’s swimming team placed third out of three teams at the NYU Invitational Saturday, finishing the two-day meet with 92.5 points. The Stevens Institute of Technology topped the field with a 404.5-point total, while host New York University came in second with 295 points.

New Paltz returns to dual-meet action on Saturday, Nov. 16, as it hosts SUNY Oswego at 1 p.m. in its final home meet of the fall semester.

Pitted against two of the top teams in NCAA Division III, New Paltz gained valuable experience racing in a prelim-final format against many swimmers who will qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. The Hawks finished seventh and eighth in every individual event and placed third in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay.

New Paltz’s most competitive performances of the day came from senior Matt Distler (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) and sophomore Rod Taskindoust (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North). Distler was only half of a second off the sixth-place finisher in the 100 freestyle with a seventh-place standard of 50.30, while Taskindoust was just a half second off of sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:51.38) and was just more than a second off of sixth place in the 100 butterfly with a seventh-place time of 57.40.

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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