The Daily Star
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SUNY Cobleskill’s men and women finished last in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships this past weekend at Cobleskill.
Rachel Degnan led the women with a pair of victories, each accompanied by school-record times.
Degnan won the 200-yard butterfly in a program-record 2 minutes, 23.41 seconds. She also placed first in the 400 IM, touching in 5:03.00 to break the school record.
The Fighting Tigers finished with 236 points. Wells College won the five-team meet with 534.
Cobleskill’s men compiled 341 points in the four-team meet. Wells won with 477.
Sam Scott led the way with a victory in 1-meter diving. He finished with 341.10 points and qualified for the ECAC meet.
Hartwick to host
For the first time in program history, Hartwick will be on its home floor for the Empire 8 Conference Tournament.
The Hawks, who clinched a playoff berth on Feb. 9 in a victory over Elmira, secured the right to host after securing the second seed Friday night.
Top-seeded Ithaca is unable to host the event because of construction on its facility.
The semifinal round begins Friday.
Ithaca (23-2, 13-1) will oppose fourth-seeded St. John Fisher (12-13, 7-7) at 6 p.m. at Lambros Arena.
The host Hawks (18-7, 10-4) then square off against third-seeded Stevens (14-11, 8-6) at 8 p.m.
The Hawks and Ducks have gone down to the wire twice with Hartwick rallying from late deficits to win both games.
The Empire 8 Championship is 3 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students (with valid ID) and senior citizens. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.
Red Dragon recognized
Oneonta State freshman Joe Fox earned field athlete of the week honors from the SUNY Athletic Conference.
It marks the second time Fox has won the award.
Fox broke his school record Saturday in the shot put at the Deneault Invitational at Cornell. His put of 52 feet, 9 ¼ inches broke his previous record by 8 inches. That marks the farthest put in the SUNYAC this season and the 19th-best nationally.
Fox, who also finished fourth in the 35-pound weight throw (53-3 ¾), joined junior basketball player Alyshia Crawford as Oneonta State’s athletes of the week.
Crawford scored 18 points to lead the Red Dragons to a 55-54 overtime win over conference leader New Paltz.
Crawford hit a tying three-pointer at the end of regulation and then made two free throws with seven seconds left in overtime to give O-State a four-point lead.
Hawks of the Week
Junior water polo center Sami Capparelli and equestrian freshman Taylor Trombley were named Hartwick’s Hawks of the Week.
Capparelli has earned the distinction for the third straight week.
Capparelli scored five goals in Hartwick’s 8-7 upset of 12th-ranked Indiana during the Bucknell Invitational, including the winner with 2:02 to play.
She finished with four goals in an 18-7 win over Brown and then had two goals each in wins over George Washington, Mercyhurst and a loss to 10th-ranked Princeton.
For the season, Capparelli has 54 goals for the Hawks (9-7).
Trombley played an integral part in Hartwick equestrian’s strong performance at the Skidmore Show on Saturday at Saratoga Springs.
The Hawks tied for second and tied for Reserve High Point College along with Morrisville State.
Trombley won the Novice Fences and the Novice Flat divisions. She completed the afternoon as the Reserve High Point Rider of the competition.