Swimming Wraps Up Season at Nationals

The Swimming & Diving teams wrapped up the 2010-11 season at the 2011 NJCAA National Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Erie CC in Buffalo, NY March 2-5. The meet saw the Cougars put up 19 season best times.

The Swimming & Diving teams wrapped up the 2010-11 season at the 2011 NJCAA National Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Erie CC in Buffalo, NY March 2-5. The meet saw the Cougars put up 19 season best times. The women finished in 14th place out of 16 teams with 29 points; while the men finished in 13th place with 45 points. Indian River State College from Florida won both sides of the competition.

The meet started Wednesday night with the men’s 400 yard medley relay dropping seven seconds off their previous season best to take 11th place. The relay consisted of freshman Brady Smith (Brisbane, Australia), sophomore Justin Perry (Batavia, NY), Yoshi Kuribayashi (Yokohama-City, Japan), and Brad Blair (Attica, NY). Following the medley relay the women’s 800 freestyle relay of freshman Carrie Dylag (Attica, NY), sophomore Kristina Kasper (Albion, NY), freshman Emily Mott (Oakfield, NY) and sophomore Alysha Phillips (Attica, NY) took over 20 seconds off to take 11th place.

The same four swimmers from the women’s 400 medley relay swam the 200 freestyle relay on Thursday and again set another season best time taking 12th place overall. The men’s 200 freestyle relay consisting of Blair, freshmen Rob Harder (Letchworth, NY), Max Brady (Akron, NY), and Smith took 10th place. Mott and Kasper had season best times in the 500 freestyle; they took 21 and eight seconds off their respective best times. Phillips took four seconds off her season best time in the 200 individual medley to finish 20th. In the men’s 50 freestyle Brady Smith had a season best time of 23.14 seconds.

Friday saw a continuation of improvement in times as Rob Harder had a ten point improvement in the 1-meter diving event, Harder also finished 21st in the 100 butterfly. Smith dropped six seconds in the 200 freestyle, and Perry had a three second improvement in the 100 breaststroke. Perry finished 18th in the event while Kuribayashi and Brady finished 19th and 21st. Phillips had another season best time to finish 20th in the 100 backstroke. The men’s 200 medley relay of Kuribayashi, Perry, Harder, and Brady finished 14th, while Emily Mott and Carrie Dylag finished 17th and 19th respectfully in the 100 butterfly.

On the final day of competition Perry took 16th in the 200 breaststroke with a season best time. Right behind Perry was Kuribayashi who finished 17th. Phillips also took 17th with a season best time in the 200 back. There were two season best times in the 100 freestyle as Smith and Blair touched in with season best times. Competition came to a close with the 400 freestyle relay. The women’s relay of Mott, Dylag, Kasper, and Phillips took 10 seconds off their previous time to come in 13th. Mott’s lead off leg of the relay was four second improvement in the 100 freestyle. The men’s relay of Blair, Brady, Kuribayashi, and Smith took 13th place.
 

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