The swimming and diving teams took to the water this Saturday with 13 other teams at the SUNY Delhi Sprint Invitational. The event which saw competition from a number of junior colleges and four year institutions; not only tested the athletes physically but also mental endurance with diving starting competition at 11:30am and the 200 freestyle relay ending the day after 8:00pm. Genesee’s Men finished in sixth place (one point behind a two way tie for fourth) with 143 points while the Women finished in ninth place with 50 points.
Freshmen divers Tara Beckens (Clifton Springs, NY) and Rob Harder (Letchworth, NY) began competition for the teams with the 1-meter diving event. Tara took fifth place in the women’s event with a score of 122.90 points, while Rob took fourth amongst the men with 143.85 points. Leading off the swimming competition was the Men’s 200 yard medley relay of freshman Brady Smith (Brisbane, Australia), sophomore Justin Perry (Batavia, NY), and freshmen Yoshi Kuribayashi (Yokohama-City, Japan), and Max Brady (Akron, NY) which took sixth place with a time of 1:55.73.
Sophomore Brad Blair (Attica, NY) then swam his first 1,650 yard event of the year coming in eighth place with a time of 22:39.93. In the 200 yd. freestyle event sophomore Alysha Phillips (Attica, NY) came in sixth place at 2:26.21; while the pair of Brady Smith and freshman Neil Kabesh (St. Joseph, ON) came in sixth and 20th respectfully, in the men’s event. Switching to the sprint events of the 50 and 100 yd. freestyle events, sophomore Kristina Kasper (Albion, NY) lead a trio of swimmers in both events for the women with times of 33.69 and 1:15.45. In the men’s 50 free, freshman Kento Ishikawa (Kawaguchi, Japan) led the men with a fifth place finish with time of 23.80, while Brady Smith lead the men in the 100 free with sixth place finish.
Freshman Carrie Dylag (Attica, NY) took 12th place for the women in the 200 individual medley (IM), while the pair of Yoshi Kuribayashi and Justin Perry took third and fourteenth in the men’s event. In the 100 butterfly the Alysha Phillips and Carrie Dylag came in the seventh and tenth place for women while Kento Ishikawa and Rob Harder came in second and ninth for the men. Kento then took second place for the second time on the day with his time of 1:02.04 in the 100 yd. backstroke.
In the final stretch of the meet Alysha Phillips and Brad Blair took sixth and tenth in the 500 yd. freestyle; while Yoshi Kuribayashi led a quartet of breaststrokers in the men’s 100 yd. breaststroke taking fourth place with a time of 1:09.53 to round out individual competition.
The final event of the meet was the 200 yd. freestyle relay; the women’s relay of Phillips, sophomore Dani Hoskins, Kasper, and Dylag took eighth place with a time of 2:10.77. The men’s relay of Smith, Kuribayashi, Brady, and Ishikawa took fourth place to end the night with a time of 1:36.69.
The swimming and diving teams will return to competition at home Wednesday December 8, 2010; as they face Erie CC in a dual meet. Come out and show your support, competition begins at 6:00pm.