Hutzler, Perry Qualify For Finals at MAAC Championships
Day 1 Recap
BUFFALO, NY – After the second day of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) LifeStorage Swimming & Diving Championships at the West Herr Natatorium, the Manhattan College men’s team was sitting in seventh place with 93.5 points. The Jasper women, meanwhile, are in eighth place with 75 points after Thursday’s events.
Highlighting the day was Alexandra Hutzler’s (Miller Place, NY) fifth-place finish in the women’s 200 yard individual medley. She placed sixth in the preliminaries to qualify for the “A” final for the first time in her career. Hutzler then improved to fifth place, Manhattan’s best-ever finish in the event, with a 2:10.72 clocking in the final.
Kali Nembach (Lynbrook, NY) broke her own school record with a time of 24.81 seconds in the preliminaries of the 50 yard freestyle. In the “B” final, she posted a time of 25.20 seconds to finish 16th overall. Nembach and Hutzler later joined with Kathryn Voitik (Moscow, PA) and Carolyn Crocker (Broad Channel, NY) to grab ninth place in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a season-best 1:41.07 showing.
On the men’s side, Neil Perry (Elkridge, MD) made the “A” final in the 50 freestyle. After notching a 21.16-second clocking in the preliminaries, he put up a time of 21.03 seconds in the final to end up in a tie for fifth place. Perry, Christopher Reyes (Queens, NY), Tyler McCloskey (Orangeburg, NY) and Timothy Valentine (Massapequa, NY) then finished eighth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.08).
In the preliminaries of the 500 yard freestyle, Evan Battisti (East Meadow, NY) swam the third-fastest time in school history. His time of 4:42.36 was just 1.22 seconds off the program record and qualified him for the “B” final, where Battisti secured 15th place overall with a 4:44.90 clocking.There are two days of competition remaining at the MAAC Championships. Friday’s preliminary races begin at 10 a.m., with the finals session getting underway at 6 p.m.