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Swimming and diving makes first wake

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 03:00 pm
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams are looking to make a big impact on the SUNYAC opposition. The squads have the talent and capability to do great things in the future, but will the swimmers and divers perform to their expectations this year?
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams are looking to make a big impact on the SUNYAC opposition. The squads have the talent and capability to do great things in the future, but will the swimmers and divers perform to their expectations this year?

The College at Brockport swimming and diving team began its season last Saturday Oct. 20, against Fredonia, Buffalo State and Ithaca. Considering the men’s disappointing 2017-2018 season and the women’s 4—4 finish, the first meet presented promising results for this upcoming winter.

For Brockport, the meet at Fredonia featured four first place finishes along with fourteen second and third place finishes out of 32 events. 

Out of the first place finishes, two were for the men’s team. Brandon Amther, Matt Dambra, Logan Gregory and Thomas Knack won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37.96 and Matt Merchant took the top spot in the 1-meter dive with a score of 269.90.

For the women, junior diver Loren Sayers, held both number one finishes in the one-meter dive and 3-meter dive with scores of 235.70 and 220.05. Entering her third year on the diving team, Sayers experience will contribute to her success throughout the season.  

“Our biggest strength is that we have a really great attitude and are willing to push ourselves to achieve our goals,” Sayers said. “We are also really close not only in the pool but outside of the pool as well. Our biggest weakness is numbers considering there is only two of us, where as other teams have much bigger teams.”

Ironically, the women’s diving team is the one lacking players despite the absence of a men’s diving team last year. This season holds a resurrected diving squad consisting of two freshman and a veteran senior. 

Sayers, although a diver,  also added that, “having three strong boys is going to help our overall boys’ team score.”

Mark Eaton and Kurt Mueller are the two new faces and Matthew Merchant, the senior, was on the diving team in his freshman and sophomore years at Brockport. He didn’t show any rust at Fredonia as he took first place in the 1-meter dive.

The men’s team, both swimming and diving, has eight freshman on the team that add depth to the struggling men’s team. Kevin Kantar, one of the additions from Yonkers, N.Y., competes in the back and free events. 

“I think the incoming class will really help push the team to the next level,” Kantar said. “The extra man power and influx of new talent will help the team achieve great things this season.”

Last year, it was Geneseo claiming the gold at the SUNYAC championships. Both men’s and women’s teams captured first place in the tournament. The Knights have been known for their highly talented swimming and diving programs as they have won the last five conference championships. Their roster also has several returning men and women, making the teams as deadly as before. 

The Brockport men’s team, who finished eighth out of nine teams in the SUNYACs, will be looking to have a stronger finish considering its stronger lineup. In a team consisting of 15 swimmers and divers, eight of them are freshman. With only three seniors and one junior, the men do not have experience on their side. What they do have is chemistry.

“The biggest strength of the men’s team has to be the teams togetherness and ability to push each other to work harder in and out of the pool,” Kantar said.

The women’s team took fifth place in the conference finale and hope to at least match its success from last year. The team’s league record was 3—2, only losing to Oswego and Oneonta during the regular season. Despite only having nine swimmers and two divers, the women that make up the team are all capable of bettering Brockport immediately and for years to come.

Brockport’s swimming and diving teams will be back in action at Nazareth College, Saturday, Oct. 27, for the second meet of the season.