Jade Woodend set a program record for Hartwick, which earned two more NCAA Division III “B” cut times during the second day of the UNYSCSA/Empire 8 Conference Championships for swimming and diving at Ithaca College.
Woodend finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 54.18 seconds to break the women’s program record set by Gayle Gregory in 2004. Woodend had one of Hartwick’s four NCAA “B” cut times during the opening day of competition Wednesday, when she won the 50 free in a program-record time of 23.68.
Hartwick’s men added two NCAA “B” cut times to the Hawks’ total in relay competition. Lydon Schultz, Cody Cupit, Evan DeGidio and Brad Ranson placed third in the 200 free relay in 1:23.44, and the 400 medley relay team of Cupit, Chris Willcox, Schultz and Kenny Kleso touched in 3:25.87. Both ranks as the second-fastest times in school history.
Ranson and Miles Blaney contributed a 3-4 finish, respectively, in the 200 free. Ranson touched in 1:41.84, followed by Blaney in 1:42.60.
The Hawks’ women also had a third in the 200 free relay as Woodend, Kaitlyn Campbell, Sarah Uminski and Helen Merkley hit 1:40.07 for the second-best time in program history.
Erin Holladay rounded out the highlights for Hartwick’s women with a personal-best 4:38.71 for fourth in the 400 individual medley.
Hartwick’s season opener at Salve Regina has been moved up one day as the teams agreed to reschedule Saturday’s game to 3 p.m. today because wintry weather is predicted this weekend in Rhode Island. The game will mark the first meeting between the two programs.
Oneonta State also will start its spring season today, against Whittier College in California on Friday. The Red Dragons will play a second game in California on Saturday, against Southwestern University of Texas.