UNYSCSA 2011

It was a weekend of great racing and drama at the Webster Aquatic Center for the 2011 UNYSCSA Championships. Ithaca won the Women’s and Men’s meets in dramatic fashion. Finishing second was Stevens and third Union College in both Men’s and Women’s meets.
The weekend was highlighted by a fierce battle between Ithaca and Stevens for first, and punctuated by standout performances by the other teams at the meet. Every event was won by Stevens of Ithaca on the first day, with multiple B cuts in all events except the Men’s 50 free, and two A cuts by Ithaca’s Sheila Rhodes and Stevens’ Laura Barito in the Women’s 50 free.
On the second day, RPI and Union made impressive charges. RIT took Men’s 1 meter diving with Union second, both NCAA consideration scores. RPI won the Men’s 400 medley. In a weekend filled with drama and fast swimming, one of the most dramatic was the finals of the second day Women’s 200 free relay. With Stevens in first and Union in second, both on pace for top 16th places in the nation, the timing system failed. After a time trial by Union the next day, both teams ended up on the top 16 list for the 200 free relay.
On the third night of competition, Zack Wahl won the 200 Fly in front of a home crowd at his former high school pool. Lou Moores, a Freshmen from Stevens won the 100 Back in record setting time (56.95). Kaleigh Ahern also scored a win for Union in the 100 Breast with a strong consideration time of 1:05.01.
The battle for tope three continued to day four, with Ithaca down on the Men’s side, and Stevens looking very strong in the distance and sprint freestyle’s with the absence of Ithaca’s Sheila Rhodes to injury. Union had strong performances in the mile at night by Maddie Ashworth and Andam Herzog, and very good races in the 200 backstroke and breaststroke by both men and women. Ithaca rallied with very strong showings in both 200 breast and back, and men’s diving. After the 400 free relays, Ithaca won the Men’s meet by a mere 16 points, with Stevens in second and Union in third. The Women’s meet had an identical top three: Ithaca, Stevens, Union. It was an exciting last day to an impressive four days of swimming.

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