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February 26, 2013

Hartwick women heading to ECAC tourney

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Hartwick College’s women are headed to a postseason basketball tournament, but it’s not the one they wanted.

The Hawks (19-8) were not among the 64 teams selected for the NCAA Division III tournament. Instead, they’ll play in an eight-team ECAC Metro Region tournament that starts Wednesday.

Hartwick’s bid for an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ended Sunday, when it lost at home to Ithaca College in the Empire 8 Conference tournament final. Hartwick’s Maria Foglia scored 12 points, but the Bombers won, 47-29, beating the Hawks for the third time this season.

On Wednesday, Hartwick will travel to Staten Island for an ECAC quarterfinal at 6 p.m. The Hawks are seeded second but will travel to No. 7 Staten Island. According to a media release by Hartwick, there’s no chance the Hawks can host a game in the tournament.

The semifinals are Saturday and the championship is Sunday.

Brooklyn is the top seed. The other teams in the tournament are No. 3 Rutgers-Newark, No. 4 Mount Saint Mary, No. 5 Ramapo, No. 6 Stevens and No. 8 SUNY Purchase.

Hartwick qualified for the NCAA tournament last season and lost, 68-61, to Emmanuel College in the first round.

SWIMMING

SUNYAC Championship

Oneonta High graduate Alex Miller was named the SUNY Athletic Conference Championship’s Outstanding Male Swimmer on Saturday at Erie Community College.

Miller, a senior at Oneonta State, won three individual events in record-setting fashion in leading the Red Dragons to a third-place finish.

O-State finished with 585 points. Cortland State won the team title, ending Geneseo streak of 14 straight championships.

Miller won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events, and the 400 individual medley.

On Thursday, Miller joined Alex Vaughn, Ryan Walsh and Colton Roe on a 400 medley relay that finished second in a school record time of 3 minutes, 27.01 seconds. The same foursome placed third in the 200 medley relay.

Also Thursday, Miller won the 400 IM (4:07.81) and the 100 backstroke (50.90). Both set conference records and were “B” cut times for the NCAA Division III meet. Miller also successfully defended his 100 backstroke title.

On Saturday, Miller won the 200 back in a conference-record 1:51.62. That also was a “B” cut qualifier.

Roe finished second to Miller in the 100 back in 51.24, which was also a “B” cut time.  He was also part of the 800-yard freestyle relay with Walsh, Miller and sophomore Daniel Donaghy that placed second. Roe set a school record in the 50 free of 21.77. He finished seventh.

Vaughn finished seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke with a school record time of 59.66.

The men set nine individual school records and two relay marks over the four-day event that began Wednesday. Miller had a part in five of the records. Roe and Walsh were part of three.

O-State’s women finished fifth.

They broke six individual records and three relay records.

Sophomore Carly Cahill was part of five school records, including two individual marks. Cahill set individual records in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke and was a member of all three record-setting relays.

Cahill’s mark in the 200 free of 1:57.52 was nearly two seconds faster than the mark set in 2005 by Sarah Millspaugh. Her time of 2:10.19 in the 200 back was over a second faster than the record set by Michelle Sano in 2009.

Cahill teamed with junior Chandler Shepard (Delhi), and freshmen Taylor Waldrop and Lauren Zentko to set school records in the 400 free relay (3:38.67) and the 800 free relay (8:01.86).

Cahill and Shepard teamed with senior Jacqueline Haight and junior Alexxa Poliachik in setting a school record in the 200 medley relay of 1:52.75.

Zentko broke her school record in the 1650 relay and earned one of Oneonta’s two medals during the championships. Zentko became the first O-State female to go sub-18 minutes in the event, finishing in 17:58.99. Her second school record came in the 500 free with a fourth-place time of 5:08.45.

Empire 8

Championships

Hartwick’s men and women finished third during the UNYSCSCA/Empire 8 Championships that ended Saturday at Ithaca College.

The Hawks’ men, ranked 15th in the latest Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com’s poll of Division III schools, finished with 1,111 points. Stevens had 1,586 and the host school finished with 1,356.5.

Hartwick swimmers set several school records, along with five NCAA “B” cut times and one NCAA “A” cut time.

The “A” cut time was set by Lydon Schultz in the preliminaries of the 100 free. His time of 44.79 also set a championship and association record, along with a new Hartwick record. Teammate Brad Ranson finished second in 46.11.

Jeremy Torres placed third in the 200 breaststroke in a “B” cut time of 2:06.69.

Luke Grunewald also had “B” cut time of 15:59.55 in the 1,650 free. In the same event, Kenny Kleso finished third in 16:00.05, also a “B” cut time.

The 400 free relay team of Schultz, Ranson, Kleso, and Miles Blaney came in second. Its time of 3:02.82 set a new association record along with a new Hartwick record.

Hartwick’s women finished with 1,026 points. Stevens and Ithaca had 1,447 and 1,332.5, respectively.

The Hawks’ Jade Woodend placed first in the 100 free with a “B” cut time of 51:52. Her finish also set a Hartwick record, besting the time of 52.99 that was set by her sister Justine last year.

Gwen Mathias touched sixth in the 200 backstroke in a school record 2:07.34. It broke the mark of 2:08.10 set by Danielle Moreau in 2002.

In the 200 breaststroke, Clare Nelson finished fourth with a “B” cut time of 2:23.11. That time broke the previous school record of 2:24.28 that was set in 2010 by Whitney Fletcher.

HONORS

Cobleskill athlete

of the week

Senior Marten Peterson was named SUNY Cobleskill’s athlete of the week for thee second time this season.

Peterson, a senior middle distance runner, was the Fighting Tigers’ top individual performer at the New York State College Track Conference Indoor Championships at Ithaca College this past weekend.

Peterson met the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Indoor Championship qualifying standard in the 800 meters, finishing second in a school-record time of 1:56.06.