Manhattan Heads to MAAC Championships
MAAC Championships Central
RIVERDALE, NY – The Manhattan College men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams head to Buffalo for the annual Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships this week. The four-day competition gets underway on Wednesday and concludes on Saturday at the West Herr Natatorium.
“We’re really excited to get up to Buffalo and start racing,” first-year Head Coach Joe Murtha said. “Everyone has worked extremely hard and has been looking forward to this week since we got back on campus in August. It has been our goal all season to prepare for the Championships, and I am confident we will see some great swims over the next four days.”
Manhattan’s men were picked eighth in the MAAC Preseason Poll. Timothy Valentine (Massapequa, NY) made program history when he won the 100 yard breaststroke at the ECAC Winter Championships. His time of 57.46 seconds was the best in the conference this season, and he enters the MAAC Championships as the No. 1 seed in the event. Valentine is also seeded seventh in the 200 yard breaststroke.
Neil Perry (Elkridge, MD) earned MAAC Swimmer of the Week honors on Nov. 23. Individually, he ranks 10th in the MAAC in the 50 yard freestyle, and he’ll also be a key member of the Jaspers’ relay squads. Tyler Dalton (East Stroudsburg, PA) is seeded ninth in the 400 yard individual medley, while Rich Llewellyn (East Islip, NY) will be called upon in a number of different events. In addition, Dylan Cooney (Port Jervis, NY), who broke the 1-meter school-record earlier this year, and Matthew Broadmeadow (Seekonk, MA) will contribute points in the diving events.
On the women’s side, the Jaspers are led by Kali Nembach (Lynbrook, NY) and Alexandra Hutzler (Miller Place, NY). Nembach, who was named MAAC Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 9, is seeded 12th in the 50 freestyle and 15th in the 100 yard freestyle. She’ll also be called upon to anchor the relays. Hutzler, meanwhile, boasts the fourth-best time in the 100 breaststroke, as well as the No. 8 clocking in both the 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard individual medley.
Other Manhattan women expected to contribute valuable points include Cassandra Rubino (Thiells, NY) in the 200 yard butterfly, Kathryn Voitik (Moscow, PA) and Abie DeLisio (Woodstock, NY) in the distance events, and Megan Pagano (Lagrangeville, NY) in both the 100 and 200 yard backstroke. The Jaspers finished eighth as a team at last year’s MAAC Championships, which was also their preseason ranking.There will be a single session of relays, as well as men’s 1-meter diving, on Wednesday night. The remaining three days of competition will feature morning preliminary heats before the finals in the evening.