Nine School Records Fall On Day Three of MAAC Championships
BUFFALO, NY – The Manhattan College men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams combined to establish nine school records at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) LifeStorage Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday. Alexandra Hutzler (Miller Place, NY) was responsible for five of those records, as she qualified for three finals at the West Herr Natatorium.
Hutzler posted a time of 58.22 seconds in the preliminary round of the 100 yard butterfly, breaking both the 50- and 100-yard marks. She then bettered that time in the final, placing fifth overall in 57.99 seconds. Hutzler also set both 50- and 100-yard records with a time of 1:06.73 in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries. With a time of 1:06.78 in the final, she took fourth place overall.
Klaudia Nagrabska (Belmont, MA) joined her in the “A” final of the 100 breaststroke, marking the first time in program history that Manhattan had a pair of finalists in the same event at the MAAC Championships. Nagrabska finished seventh overall with a 1:08.08 clocking. They later joined with Megan Pagano (Lagrangeville, NY) and Kali Nembach (Lynbrook, NY) to place eighth in the 400 yard medley relay (4:06.08).
Individually, Nembach was 16th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.60. Pagano, meanwhile, took 13th in the 100 yard backstroke in 1:01.48. After setting a personal-best of 59.85 seconds in the preliminaries, Cassandra Rubino (Thiells, NY) placed 11th in the 100 butterfly final (59.66). In addition, Abie DeLisio (Woodstock, NY) finished 14th in the 1000 yard freestyle (10:59.35) and Audrey Corcoran (West Boylston, MA) secured 16th place in the 400 yard individual medley with a time of 4:51.93.
Manhattan is sitting comfortably in eighth place as a team with 153 points. The Jaspers are 13 points shy of their highest-ever total at the MAAC Championships with one day of competition remaining.
“That was by far the greatest performance by the women’s team ever,” Head Coach Joe Murtha said. “This was the first time that we had six individual finalists in one night, and Alexandra Hutzler put on a show, setting five school records single-handedly while collecting a fourth- and fifth-place only about 15 minutes apart.”
On the men’s side, Timothy Valentine (Massapequa, NY) qualified for the “A” final of the 100 breaststroke after establishing 50- (26.33) and 100-yard (56.69) records in the preliminaries. He then took fourth in the final with a time of 57.13 seconds. Tyler Dalton (East Stroudsburg, PA), meanwhile, broke the school record with a time of 4:10.73 in the preliminaries of the 400 individual medley. He then bettered that standard to 4:10.26 in the “B” final, which was good for 12th place overall.
Evan Battisti (East Meadow, NY) finished 14th in the 1000 freestyle with a 9:51.61 clocking, while the quartet of Rich Llewellyn (East Islip, NY), Valentine, Christopher Reyes (Queens, NY) and Neil Perry (Elkridge, MD) placed ninth in the 400 medley relay (3:31.64). In addition, Matthew Broadmeadow (Seekonk, MA) (121.95) and Dylan Cooney (Port Jervis, NY) (115.25) finished 13th and 14th in 3-meter diving.
With 141.5 points, the Jaspers are currently eighth in the team standings. Manhattan trails seventh-place Saint Peter’s by 24.5 points entering the final day of competition.Saturday will mark the conclusion of the four-day meet. Preliminary heats begin at 10 a.m., with the finals set to get underway at 6 p.m.