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Manhattan Men Place 9th at ECACís

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 02/27/2012
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan College men's swim team wrapped up their 2011-12 season with a 9th place finish at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) this past weekend held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The Jaspers began the weekend setting more school records after what was an impressive showing at the MAAC Championships a week ago. In the 200 Individual Medley, Scott Isaacs set a new school mark finishing with a time of 1:59.51 seconds. His record was short lived as Mike Mackay regained the top time in program history with a 1:59.35 finish.

Isaacs would find his name back in Jaspers record book in the 400 Medley Relay as he led off snapping his own 100 yard backstroke record with a time of 54.18 seconds, edging his MAAC time of 54.19 seconds. Isaacs, along with Dennis Daly, PJ Sweeney, and Robert Varieur finished ninth in the event posting a time of 3:32.13 seconds.

As a team, the Jaspers placed eighth in the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet of Ryan Klages, Mike Scire, Michael Ruddy, and Varieur finished with a time of 1:26.20 seconds. Sweeney missed the finals in the 500 free but nearly lowered his personal best in the event finishing at 4:47.66 seconds, missing his record by 0.27 seconds.

On Saturday, Sweeney again etched his name among the Manhattan elite as he competed in the 100 yard butterfly event. Going out, he broke the 50 yard record with a split of 24.24 seconds breaking the mark originally held by TJ McCarthy while finishing with a 52.10 total time, the second fastest in Jasper history.

Meanwhile, the team of Isaacs, Daly, Sweeny and Varieur earned their second ninth place finish of the meet in the 200 medley relay with a total time of 1:37.10 seconds.

In the final day of competition, Daly would place 16th in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:08.59 seconds, missing his own personal record by just over one second. In the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Jasper team of Klages, Scire, Ruddy and Varieur again took ninth with a 3:12.45 second finish giving the Jaspers 18 team points in the event.

Overall, Manhattan finished with 99 points in the event, good for 9th overall out of more than 20 schools that qualified. The host institution, Navy, came away with the team championship. The Jaspers finished the season with two of the more spectacular showings in program history shattering dozens of school records and will look to continue the success next season.

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