February 13, 2009


Record-setting day for Evans

BUFFALO— Junior Dan Evans eclipsed a 15-year-old school record in the 50-yard freestyle and was also part of two Cortland relays that broke school records during the first day of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Evans won the 50-yard freestyle league title in 20.89 seconds, an NCAA provisional “B cut” time. He broke the previous school record of 20.92 seconds set by Ryan Kendrick in 1994.
The combination of Evans, senior Drew Hilker, sophomore Matt Young and sophomore James McCabe won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:23.57, also an NCAA “B cut”. The prior school mark of 1:24.96 was set by Brian Williams, Kendrick, current head coach Brian Tobin and Matt Mitchell in 1992.
Evans finished the night by anchoring the Red Dragons’ 400-yard medley relay team that also included freshman Dan Drew, senior Brett Poffenbarger and Hilker. The relay finished second in 3:29.64, bettering the old school record of 3:31.17 set by Jim Pioli, Brett Humphreys, Andy Chevalier and Hilker in 2006.
The Red Dragons earned five other top-eight finishes during the first day of competition. Hilker placed fourth (21.44) and Young was seventh (21.67, 21.55 in prelims) in the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Caleb VanSickle touched the wall fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:47.73) and junior Jeff Moessinger finishing seventh (4:49.13, 4:48.82 in prelims). Sophomore Mihali Tzetzis turned in an eighth-place finish in one-meter diving (375.25 points).
In addition, senior Dave Dow won the consolation heat in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.14.
In the women’s meet, unior Kristin Barnoski tied a school record and provisionally qualified for nationals with a second-place time of 24.14 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle during the first day of competition at the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Red Dragons also broke the school record in the 400-yard medley relay during the opening day. Junior Krista Bergquist, junior Taylor Houseman, sophomore Liz Neddo and Barnoski finished fourth in the race in 3:59.33, also an NCAA provisional time.
Barnoski’s NCAA “B Cut” 50-yard freestyle time tied Allie Houseman’s school record set in 2006. The previous school mark in the 400-yard medley relay was 4:02.10 last year. Bergquist, Taylor Houseman and Barnoski were also part of that relay along with Sarah O’Loughlin.
Cortland’s 200-yard freestyle relay unit of junior Katie Molzan, Bergquist, senior Lauren Friedlander and Barnoski finished third in 1:39.39. Neddo finished sixth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:15.75), with junior Megan Donlevy placing eighth (5:19.94, 5:19.29 in prelims).
Sophomore Danielle McCarthy finished in eighth place in three-meter diving with 353.95 points (360.20 in prelims). In addition, Bergquist won the consolation heat of the 50-yard freestyle in 25.23 seconds after posting a time of 25.06 in prelims.
The competition continues today and Saturday at the Flickinger Center on the campus of Erie Community College.