The Fredonia State women's swimming and diving team continued to its domination in the Steele Hall Natatorium with a convincing 130-86 victory over visiting Gannon University on Friday.
Standout performances for the Blue Devils included a pair of triple winners and a team record.
Emily Ginty set a new school mark in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.92 seconds. She also touched first in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:14.09. Her 200-yard IM relay team also claimed first. Stephanie Andrasek, Jami Barber and Elizabeth Schake joined her in the winners' circle.
OBSERVER?Photo by Courtney Gfroerer
Fredonia State’s Emily Ginty competes in the 200-yard Individual Medley during Friday’s women’s college swim meet at the Steele Hall Natatorium.
OBSERVER?Photo by Courtney Gfroerer
Fredonia State’s John Estanislau, who won multiple events, competes in the 50 freestyle during Friday’s college men’s swim meet at the Steele Hall?Natatorium.
Schake also won three events. In addition to the relay, she won the 50-yard freestyle (25.20 seconds) and the 100 yard butterfly (58.89).
The Devils claimed the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle with Ellie Brion (56.15 seconds), Katie Donnelly (56.20) and Jennifer Smith (56.60) finishing 1-2-3, respectively.
Lizzie Lodinsky claimed the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 5:15.80.
Katelyn Haley and Ashley Keller both just missed posting NCAA qualifying scores on their respective boards - Haley on the 1-meter with a score of 206.24, and Keller on the 3-meter board with a mark of 264.89.
The victory for the women's team marked the first time the Devils were able to out-point the Division II school. Last weekend, Fredonia State won the eight-team Blue Devil Invite.
Head coach Arthur Wang like the direction his team is headed. "We were able to follow up a good midseason meet with a solid finale." The Devils are off until Jan. 12 of next semester.
Men's Swimming and Diving
Estanislau triples; Devils sweep relays
John Estanislau captures three victories and the Devils won both relay events as the Fredonia State men's swimming and diving team fell just short against Gannon University, 120.5-110.5, on Friday.
Estanislau's wins came in the 100-yard freestyle (47.75 seconds), the 50-yard freestyle (21.90) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:37.96). He was joined by Eric Jordan, Andrew Case and William Baker in the winner's circle.
The men also took the 200-yard relay in a time of 1:28.36. Liam Jones, Nick Cole, Adrian Van Hall and Baker comprised the victorious quartet.
Diver Ryan Fuller won both boards, with scores of 243.75 on the 1-meter board and 251.93 on the 3-meter board.
Prior to tonight's competition, the Devils had taken second place in the eight-team Blue Devil Invite last weekend. The Devils are off until Jan. 12 of next semester.
Men's Ice Hockey
Devils hang on
to down Elmira
Fredonia State hung on for a 4-2 non-conference win over Elmira at the Steele Hall Natatorium on Friday.
Taylor Bourne had two goals while Stephen Castriota and Jared Wynia had one goal each as the Blue Devils improved to 5-6-0.
Greg Whittle and Brian Depp had the Elmira goals. The Soaring Eagles fell to 4-6-0.
"The thing for us was we played a solid 60 minutes," Fredonia State coach Jeff Meredith said. "That's what we have been in search of. It was probably more about hard work tonight than anything. From the hard work, we got opportunities and that was huge for us."
The teams played a scoreless first period with Fredonia State having the best chance in the final seconds - a 2-on-1 rush resulting in a shot by Alex Perkins and a sliding save by Elmira goaltender Darren MacDonald.
Fredonia State scored three times in the second period.
An Elmira turnover deep in their own end led to first Blue Devil goal, a one-timer by Bourne from the left circle. Minutes later, Bourne made it 2-0 following an odd-man rush out of Fredonia State's defensive end. The goals were his third and fourth of the season.
The Blue Devils then scored their first short-handed goal of the season to take a 3-0 lead. Castriota picked up a loose puck and rushed up ice, which drew MacDonald out of his net. An Elmira defensemen slowed Castriota near the blue line, yet he stepped away from the check and skated in alone on the vacated net. It was Castriota's second goal of the year.
The Elmira offense came alive midway through the third period. First Whittle, then Depp scored to cut the Blue Devil lead to 3-2 with just under six minutes remaining.
Following a Fredonia State timeout, it appeared Elmira's Mike Morikawa tied the score with a shot from the slot following wing-to-wing passing with linemate Jesper Strale. Yet the puck slid through the crease and play continued.
Castriota nearly scored a second short-handed goal late in the period, only to have MacDonald make a pad save. The Elmira goaltender went to the bench for an extra attacker yet the Soaring Eagles were unable to mount a scoring threat.
Wynia put a punctuation mark on the night with an empty net goal with 1.1 seconds left.
"Elmira is a good team," Meredith added. It's been a while since we beat them. We really had a thing tonight where we focused on not giving up a goal the first five mintes of a period and last five mintes of a period and we were successful. It's small goals that turn into big things."
The teams will play Saturday at Elmira starting at 7 p.m.
Plattsburgh tops Devils
PLATTSBURGH - The Fredonia State men's basketball team fell 72-58 to Plattsburgh on Friday.
Te Devils were led by Joe Monahan with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Dalton Kashmer had 11 points.
The Devils opened the game with a bang as Tyrone Clark dunked on the Devils' opening possession then assisted on an Amir Billups three pointer on the next.
From there, the Cardinals took over, scoring 23 unanswered points for a 23-5 lead. They took a 42-25 advantage into the break. The Devils outscored Plattsburgh in the second half, 33-30, but it would not enough.
Plattsburgh (6-2, 2-1 SUNYAC) owned the battle of the boards 43-28.
The Devils even their record at 4-4 overall and 1-1 in SUNYAC play. They take on Potsdam today.